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Dakota Discovery Museum to host book signing

The Dakota Discovery Museum will host Dorothy Hargens-Waldron of Chadron, Neb., at a book signing for "Black Hills Doc: 1892-1945."

She will speak on the Hargens family history and her work in compiling, editing and publishing the work. The book signing and talk will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 29.

Rich in the medical history of pioneer times, "Black Hills Doc" is a memoir by Charles W. Hargens Sr., a pioneer doctor in the Black Hills. Arriving in Hot Springs on Dec 14, 1891, "Doc" began to establish his practice.

The events in the memoir are woven together with an offbeat charm, as seen in his stories about a fortune teller predicting his being a great doctor and his first medical encounters with rugged pioneer men. Dr. Hargens gives personal accounts of how he thrived in the medical field while facing limited supplies and extreme weather conditions in the region of the Black Hills. The book includes additional family biographies to enhance readers' knowledge of Charles W. Hargens and his family.

"Doc" Hargens was the father of artist and illustrator Charles W. Hargens Jr., whose art gallery and re-created studio are exhibited at the Dakota Discovery Museum. The book "Black Hills Doc" is available through the museum gift store.