- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

LEADS, S.D. (AP) - The Black Hills Mining Museum is one of 75 institutions across the U.S. selected to take part in the Collections Assessment Program.

The Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/2r8CwP3 ) reported the program is administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works and will help the museum organize its collection care efforts by analyzing the site to identify conservation priorities.

A collections assessor and a building assessor will visit the museum for two days and meet with staff to formulate a plan.

Todd Duex, president of the museum board of directors, said he hopes the program helps the museum establish a long-term goal.

The program is administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

The museum was founded 30 years ago and is dedicated to telling the story of the people who worked in the mines, Duex said. The museum’s lower level features duplicates of shafts, drifts and caverns found in a mine. There are also lifelike figures performing various tasks needed to operate the enterprise.

Most of the museum’s items are from the Homestake Gold Mine, which was the biggest employer in the region for most of the 20th century.

No schedule has been set for when the assessors will visit and the cost has not yet been determined. Museum staff hope to figure out the details by mid-June.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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