Hey Friends!

Bryan Burton here, writing to update y’all about upcoming events and to say hello. One of my favorite poets, Khalil Gibran, wrote “In every winter’s heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn”. Well, folks- Spring is here and so is the shining dawn! The days are getting longer and warmer. Thank goodness, my inner Texan is ready to get out in the sun, even though I really enjoyed the snowy wonderland this Winter had to offer.

I was walking through my yard the other day and couldn’t help but smile when I saw that the muddy patches where the snow had melted were littered with sprouts just beginning to burst up. The soil is spongy and squishy with the grass laying sideways like hair: further reminding me how the earth is a living thing.

I have really been enjoying my new position as Director of Development for the Visitor Center, getting to talk to folks from all over and getting the opportunity to teach a group of students how to make a fire extinguisher out of baking soda and vinegar. Being so close to the Open Cut is really cool because it looks a little different each day depending on the snow and sunlight. As the season changes, the shadows are cast differently in the ridges of the mine, reminding me of a gigantic hollow sundial. I am thinking about starting a photography experiment where I take pictures of the Open Cut at different times so the changes can be appreciated by others. Spring is an awesome time of year to appreciate the beauty in change.


Here are the upcoming events at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center!

Tuesday, 4/6 – 5PM – Science Rocks: The Science of Beer at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center!

Come learn about the creation of beer! Snacks, Samples, and Fun. Free to attend,  21+ for tastes. Featuring Paul McGrane, Co-Owner of Jailhouse Taps. This event is free for all!


Tuesday, 4/13 – 4PM-5PM – STEAM: Magnetic Painting at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center!

Science and art made easy! Kids in grades K-8 will learn about the attractive and repulsive forces of magnetism while making one-of-a-kind art! Register by calling 605-584-3110 This event is provided free by a grant from Black Hills Energy and scholarships provided by Thyssen Mining Company and South Dakota Mines. (This class will also be taught with the generosity of our sponsors on Wednesday 4/14 at the Boys and Girls Club).


Thursday, 4/22 – 5PM-7PM – FIB Lead-Deadwood Community Foundation 9th Annual Chili Feed at the Deadwood Mountain Grand! Please join the First Interstate Bank Lead-Deadwood Community Foundation as a Chili Sponsor and be a part of an amazing event. This event is our annual fundraiser as well as the time when the foundation will award funds to the yearly grant recipients. Attendees will vote for the “Best Chili” as well as the “Most Unique Chili.” Register as a Chili Sponsor by April 8th, 2021 by calling Oz Enderby at 605-591-9821.


Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

With a smile from the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center,


Bryan Burton

Director of Development