Fort Union Trading Post NHS will host the annual Rendezvous, Thursday through Sunday June 15-18, 2017
. 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. See our calendar of events for Daily Rendezvous Schedules and Kids Day Schedule.
Hollywood is again coming to Fort Union! Our 2017 headliner is Gordon Laco - Producer, Historical Consultant & Technical Advisor, Full consulting services on rigging and fitting for historic classic vessels of all types. Mr. Laco has made a career evangelizing history through Film and Television from his base of operations in Midland, Ontario. His area of particular specialty is helping productions achieve authenticity and the feel of gritty reality. He has served as consultant or producer to over fifty television and film productions including “Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World” for which he was Lead Technical Advisor, and “Pirates of the Caribbean II, III and IV for which he supplied authentic rigging and ship’s fittings. He has participated in three documentary projects dealing with the Great War and which involved battlefield archeology on sites at the old Western Front in France.
Many favorite demonstrators are returning and we will have a food concessionaire on site. In all, it promises to be another grand event!
Please read the full Safety and Authenticity Standards for Fort Fort Union Trading Post NHS
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.
Rendezvous Participant Safety and Authenticity Standards (LINK)
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.