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Contact: Lisa Sanden, 701-572-1029 x218
Are you looking for something different to do over the noon hour? Well then, grab your lunch and wander over to the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney, Montana!
Beginning this Wednesday, February 17th, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and the MonDak are offering a monthly series of talks that celebrate the fort's and region's history. For instance, did you know that 2016 is Fort Union's 50th anniversary as a national historic site? It is and Sidney-area residents helped to make this possible.
The talks scheduled now through May will cover a variety of topics. The first will feature Loren Yellow Bird, the Fort Union park ranger whose work with Leonardo DiCaprio can be heard in the current blockbuster movie, The Revenant. Other talks will explore the post's and region's history after the fur trade, what it's like to re-create buckskinners' experiences through living history, and how Confluence-area artwork inspired the creation of America's national parks. Each of the programs listed below will be presented at the MonDak Heritage Center located at 120 3rd Ave. SE in Sidney. They are free and open to the public.
Scheduled programs February 17, 2016, Noon MT (1:oo p.m. CT) "So Who Is Hugh Glass? Working on the Movie The Revenant" Park Ranger Loren Yellow Bird
March 16, 2016, Noon MT (t:oo p.m. CT) "Fort Union after the Fur Trade" Park Ranger Lisa Sanden
April 13, 2016, Noon MT (t:oo p.m. CT) "Fort Union, Art, and the MonDak Origins of America's Best Idea" Museum Curator Fred MacVaugh
May 22, 2016, 1:oo p.m. MT (2:oop.m. CT) please note the later hour "More than Buckskins: Experiencing the Life of the Fur Trade through Living History and Experimental Archeology" Park Ranger Leif Halvorson
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park system, is actively engaged in creating opportunities for people to discover their own personal connections to public lands in the northern plains and throughout the country. As the National Park Service commences its second century of service in 2016, our approach, bringing the park to the people, is designed to inspire public engagement in and advocacy and support for an American institution with its roots in the MonDak area. Efforts such as this partnership with the MonDak Heritage Center help us connect with and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. Additional information about these and other events at Fort Union Trading Post NHS, including our annual June Rendezvous, can be found on our web site, http:/ /www.nps.gov/fous/planyourvisit/calendar.htm. You may also call the park's visitor center at 701-572-9083.