Days of '76 Museum makes it easier to find and view artifacts

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Historians and researchers who have longed for an easier way to access museum archives finally can.

The Days of ‘76 Museum started digitizing all of their artifacts back in 2013 after discovering that some records were incomplete.

Now, all you have to do is make an appointment to use their digital system, where you can locate an item, and then it will be pulled from storage for you to view it.

While the process is not complete, by the end of it, they will have digitized 10,000 items. They expect to be done by the end of the year.

It makes it easier for history buffs or the general public to see a piece of history.

"We're able to bring out some different artifacts that haven't been on display before, or for a very long time,” said Casey Seger, Registrar for Deadwood History Incorporated. “And there are different stories and new stories that have been re-discovered with some of these artifacts."

On Thursday, Sept. 7, the public can set up an appointment to tour the vault, get a glimpse at never-before-seen artifacts, and learn why this project is so important. Simply call 605-578-1657 to make your appointment.