If you’re a history buff like me, then the 3rd weekend in June is one of your favorites of the summer! The 33rd Annual Fort Union Rendezvous will take place this Thursday-Sunday (June 18th-21st).
The Rendezvous, held at the historic Fort Union Trading Post, is like stepping back in time to a world of fur trappers and Indian camps. The highlight of the event is “Trader’s Row” which features over a dozen historic vendors with whom you can barter and purchase furs, jewelry, and many other handcrafted items. There will also be re-enactments and demonstrations throughout the weekend to perfect your fur trading skills such as, blacksmithing and bow making.
Headlining the event is Mr. Jim Hardee. Hardee is the editor of the "Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal," published by the Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming. Author of "Pierre's Hole: The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho" and "Obstinate Hope; The Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth (volume 1)." Hardee has also provided commentary in television documentaries, including "Taming the Wild West: The Legend of Jedediah Smith," produced by The History Channel in 2005, and "Wyoming's Original Main Street - South Pass," produced by Wyoming PBS in 2013. Jim is the director of the Fur Trade Research Center and is a presenter for many national conferences and symposiums. He has published numerous articles on various fur trade topics, and lives in Pierre's Hole, Idaho.
Jim’s presentations will be at 2pm each day, Friday through Sunday, he will present;
"A Boston Yankee in the Missouri King's Court: Nathaniel Wyeth's 1833 Visit to Fort Union"
In addition to all of these historical events, American State Bank & Trust Company announces the 24th Annual Fort Union Rendezvous Run, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Taking you through 2 historical sites, this is one of the most unique running events you’ll ever participate in! Participants can pre-register now at American State Bank & Trust Company of Williston, or from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. (CDT), the day of the race at Fort Union. The race will start at 9:00 AM. (CDT). Registration fee includes a free t-shirt.
Scheduled events are a 5-K or 11-K Run, 5K Men’s Heavy Weight Run, 5-K Walk and a One Mile Fur Traders Run/Walk. There is also a One Mile Kids Run for ages 12 and under. All races start and finish at Fort Union Trading Post. Recognition awards, prizes and medals will be awarded and refreshments will be provided for participants. For more information, contact Race Director Christine Christensen at American State Bank & Trust Company at 701-774-4100.
For an entire schedule of the weekend’s events, including Kid’s Events all day Thursday, you can visit Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on Facebook!