He was a young California kid when Danny Fabricius’ family made a trek back to visit their ancestral home near Newell, South Dakota.
“I wasn’t even a teenager yet…and I remember sitting in a room at the Hickok Hotel in Deadwood with my brother and thinking about the beauty and history of the Black Hills region, and I thought, ‘I could spend the rest of my life here!’”
Well, it’s just the beginning of “the rest of my life” for Danny, who grew up in Newbury Park, California, where his father was a high school history teacher and coach. As a youth, like many of his friends, Danny enjoyed little league baseball and while in high school played basketball and was a pole vaulter.
After graduating from high school in 2017, Danny returned to the Black Hills, enrolling at Black Hills State University, where he’ll soon begin his third year as a History major, focusing on American Indian studies.
While visiting the museum in February, he signed up as a volunteer. By springtime, Heritage Center director Karla Scovell offered Danny a paid internship, and he’s now immersed in a wide range of museum activities ranging from accessioning items received for display to setting up exhibits and helping with bus tours.
“I enjoy meeting and working with people – and I’m learning a lot,” he adds. Although he’s working nearly full time this summer, Danny is enrolled in an online South Dakota History course at BHSU. As time allows, he enjoys hiking and doing a bit of woodworking.
Of course, there’s a myriad of other duties at High Plains Western Heritage Center, and Danny Fabricius has impressed staff, volunteers and visitors with his quick smile and friendly demeanor. Stop by and see what we mean!