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About the Project

For over a century, Homestake Mining Company carved drifts deep beneath the rugged mountain town of Lead, South Dakota. But the price of gold faltered in the late 1900s. Massive layoffs and the mine's closure left the town adrift, searching for a new identity.

Nick Hubbard and Erin Lorraine Woodward have embarked on a project to record the stories and capture the faces of people who worked for Homestake. We’ve been meeting with people in their homes, listening to their stories around their kitchen tables, capturing their portraits in their living rooms and backyards. 

This project weaves together a mosaic of personal histories, detailing the rugged, joyous, tragic and nostalgic stories of the those who built their lives above and below the city of Lead.The end goal is a book that combines texture-rich film photography with nigh-unbelievable true to life stories. 

© 2020 Nick Hubbard, Erin Woodward

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