Rendezvous - June 13-16, 2019
This 19th Century Fur Trade Fair includes a variety of period arts, crafts and music. Come and participate in the upper Missouri's finest fur trade fair at one of the West's most imposing historic sites.
This annual gathering is our largest event, a time when Fort Union comes alive and best reflects the busy trade season. Over 100 Re-enactors from across the country and Canada every third weekend in June demonstrating traditional skills and lifeways.
Fort Union Trading Post NHS will host the annual Rendezvous, Thursday through Sunday June 13-16, 2019. Mark the dates on your calendar, and come and participate in the Upper Missouri’s finest fur trade fair at one of the West’s most imposing historic sites.
Each day will feature a variety of speakers and demonstrators. As well, our own array of trade goods will be presented in Fort Union’s Trade House.
Thursday June 13th is Kids Day. Running from 10-2, kids can explore the site through free arts, crafts and game stations.
2019 Rendezvous Headliner is author, performer, youth advocate and motivator Hasan Davis. His goal is to bring to light the stories of the people of color who have been present at all points of our great history. He will present “The Journey of York, The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” at 2:00 Central Time on Saturday & Sunday.
2019 Rendezvous Schedule of Events
Many favorite demonstrators are returning and we will have a food concessionaire on site. In all, it promises to be another grand event!
28th Annual Rendezvous Run - Sponsored by Williston Parks & Recreation
Come run at one of the West's most imposing historic sites and check out a 19th Century Fur Trade Fair with a variety of period arts, crafts and music. Register for one of 5k walk, 5k run, 11k run, Heavy Weight (190lb+), Fur Trader (dress as a fur trader) or Kids 1 mile. Family Registration consists of immediate family members including 2 adults and up to 4 kids. For more information or to register please visit run sponsor website http://www.willistonparks.com/, http://www.willistonparks.com/special-events.
Are you intrested in participating in the Fort Union Rendezvous? Please first read the full Safety and Authenticity Standards for Fort Fort Union Trading Post NHS, and then contact site Volunteer In Parks Coordinator Lisa Sanden at 701-572-1029 x218 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New information for 2019
Campfires are allowed at Rendezvous, dug fire pits are NO LONGER allowed at Fort Union. In order to minimize impacts to fragile archaeological areas, disturbing the soils or sediments via digging for any reason is prohibited. Sand will be used to protect any subsurface artifacts from heat. Campfire are allowed at Rendezvous within the mown area of camp only.
To build a fire completely encircle your fire ring with the available rocks and place a firm layer of sand within the circle to completely cover any exposed ground. Sand and rocks will be provided.
Braziers are also available to check out and hardwood coal will be provided for use to anyone using a brazier.
The staff at Fort Union Trading Post NHS seeks a historically accurate depiction of life at Fort Union Trading Post NHS. To that end, certain standards are expected of all participants.
Gear and Clothing
We concentrate on the period 1828-1867. Clothing, camp equipment and materials should meet the test of being representative of the period. We do however, want all to feel welcome and colonial era (1770s era) is appropriate to this event. This event is co-managed with the Fort Union Muzzle Loader Association, their Bourgeois and Fort Union Park Staff will be available in camp for questions or concerns.
The primary focus of Rendezvous events is to portray and re-create of historic lifeways and material culture; including activities, camping equipment, fashion, and weapons, common on the Northern Plains during Fort Union's period of significance. We ask that you make friendly, personal contacts with our visitors. Such contacts will help create an interactive learning event.
All interpretation should illustrate the interactions between American Indians from the Upper Missouri Tribes (Assiniboine, Crow, Blackfeet, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arkiara and Lakota and Dakota Sioux); the tribes and Euro-Americans (American Fur Company employees, trappers, independent traders, hunters, rivermen, missionaries, slaves, visiting artists and scientists, military personnel, etc.); and among Euro-Americans who lived in, worked or traded at, or visited Fort Union in the early to mid-19th century. You can help our visitors understand what daily activities these people engaged in, what problems and challenges each of them faced, and how they may have dealt with them. You can use your experiences to help bring to life the fur trade story of Fort Union Trading Post.
This event is cosponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of Fort Union Trading Post, of Williston, North Dakota.
The Fort Union Muzzle Loaders will assist the Park Service in policing the camp site.
All participants must sign a VIP volunteer agreement in order to participate and/or camp at Rendezvous.
Help protect and preserve this site's history and resources for future visitors' education and enjoyment while ensuring your own and current visitors' safety.
Last updated: June 5, 2019