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    • Wind Cave original and facsimile cover shot
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In 1891, a teenager named Alvin McDonald began a journal devoted to documenting his explorations of Wind Cave, one of the world's longest and most complex caves, located near Hot Springs, South Dakota.  He explored and mapped about eight to 10 miles of the cave's passages over several years, recording all his discoveries in the diary.

The diary received conservation treatment at CCAHA, and Michelle Dauberman, Manager of Digital Documentation, recently completed digitization of the volume.  She created this facsimile (the book to the right in the above photo) so that it can be interchanged regularly with the original for display at Wind Cave National Park.

More information on Alvin McDonald and the history of Wind Cave can be found here.  For more information on digitization, please visit CCAHA's digital imaging services page.