In 1961 a meeting was held to see if there would be sufficient interest in Custer County to form an historical society. In 1969 the Custer County Historical Society was incorporated. The purpose of this organization is to collect, preserve, exhibit and publish material for the study of history, particularly the history of Custer County and the adjacent Black Hills area; to arrange for the preservation of documents, letters, reports, newspapers, books, pictures, and relics pertaining to the said area, and obtain narratives of pioneers; to promote museums of said county, and to promote the study of history of the county and State in all schools.
The Society has been responsible for erecting many signs pointing out historic places of interest throughout the County. The Society worked to save the Custer County Courthouse when it was set for demolition in the early 1970’s and established it as a museum. Since its inception, the 1881 Courthouse Museum has been worthy of high praise from residents and guests alike.
The Custer County Historical Society has sponsored an annual historic tour featuring historic homes and buildings as well as activities and industries of the past for years now. The Fall Historic Tour is the main fundraiser of the Society. The Society lately has been busy preserving the oral history of some early residents. Eight times a year the Society puts on programs dealing with historic events or people that are both interesting and illuminating featuring acclaimed speakers from far and near. These speakers are also recorded.
The Custer County Historical Society welcomes those who care about preserving the
history of the Southern Black Hills to join us. Just $10 activates your membership!
Custer County Historical Society Application Form
Custer County Historical Society Board of Directors
Sue Knudtson - President
Bruce Doughty - Vice President
Rachel Nepper – Secretary
Ralph Sowder– Treasurer
R. A. "Dusty" Dustman-Member
Edie Dustman - Member
Keith Katsch – Member
Don Mitchinson – Member
Betty Sowder - Member