Who We Are

The purpose of The Westerners is to bring together in warm fellowship selected men and women who have a common interest and zeal for discovering and disseminating knowledge and understanding of the American West, especially the history and lore of its frontier period.

To this end, Corrals meet to chomp and chat, then haze or praise a speaker.  Westerners encourage historical research and may popularize Western lore and history through publication, awards, and preservation of archival records, documents, and sites and other evidences of the old West, which might be lost to posterity.

Black Hills Corral has been duly registered with Westerners International and has been assigned Certificate of Registration No 8, September 13, 1953.

Westerners at Lock-Haven, 1st meeting. Bob Lee, Pres. Joe Koehler, Sec. Troy Parker and Watson Parker are in the back row, 6th and 7th from left.

Join Us!

Interested in becoming a member of the Corral?

Send us your name, address, and email along with a check for $15. Mail to: Chantry Nelson, 403 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

In return we will pay your dues to the International organization, send you periodical emails, and encourage you to learn about the American West through our meetings and your own research.

If you’d just like more information about the organization, please use the form and we’ll get you on our mailing list for events and news.

We don’t have the capacity to take an electronic payment just yet — but we hope to be able to take Paypal and Venmo in the near future. Stay tuned.

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2024 Schedule

Do-it-yourself Childbirth

Prep and Delivery in Rural West River South Dakota, ca. 1890-1928

June 2, 1:30pm,
Rapid City Public Library,
Hoyt Room

Speaker:  Chantry Nelson

What was it like to go through pregnancy, prepare for childbirth, and deliver a baby in isolated farm and ranch homes without electricity, running water, pre-made disposable supplies, the Internet, and the expertise and equipment of the modern medical establishment? Folks back then had it worse in a lot of big, obvious ways – but arguably better in a couple of maybe surprising ones. Details, descriptions, anecdotes, philosophies.

Annual Field Trip

July 6, 10am to 3:00pm
Leaves from Rapid City Civic Center
(Parking Lot)

Speaker: Ann Delicate Thompson

Ann will lead us on a tour of two historical cabins in Custer State Park.  The Delicate cabin was built by the Ideal Mining Company in 1906 and was part of the Remington community.  The Williamson cabin was built in the 1930s as a summer home for Congressman William Williamson.

The group will travel from Rapid City and back on an Affordable Adventures tour bus.  Departure will be at 10am from the Civic Center parking lot with return about 3pm.  

Who Was General William S. Harney?

September 8, 1:30 pm
Rapid City Public Library,
Hoyt Room

Speaker: David Gwinn

How did the highest mountain in the Black Hills come to be named for him?

Why was his name removed 161 years later?

What changed?

When and Where can you go to learn more about these questions?

Come join us on September 8 to hear David discuss this controversial figure in Black Hills history.

Recent Blog Posts

Troy L. Parker, Westerner

Troy L. Parker, a visitor from Dartmouth College in the summer of 1909, was staying with the Trasks, a staid lumber family with a liberal supply of comely and virtu­ous young daughters.  His first day in Deadwood young Parker went out to look over the town, and having...

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Black Hills Corral — Members of Note

Watson Parker –– “Dean of Black Hills History”; college professor; author of Gold in the Black Hills; Black Hills Ghost Towns (with Hugh Lambert),  and Deadwood, the Golden Years. Dr. Parker is also a South Dakota Hall of Fame Awardee (2011). Read more about Watson,...

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What Is a Westerner?

I am a Westerner in more ways than one. I live in the West and am devoted to its history. But I also belong to an organization called Westerners International, a foundation to stimulate interest and research in frontier history, according to its website. This is a...

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Current Officers

Sheriff – Rebecca Jensen

Deputy – Shebby Lee

Keeper of the Marks and Brands – David Gwinn

Keeper of the Chips – Mary Chantry Nelson

Westerners Black Hills Corral #8

403 Clark Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

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