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Fur traders reenact frontier life at Fort Union

Journey to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site this weekend, for a hands-on look at frontier life.

The Fort Union Muzzle Loaders will occupy Fort Union, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, acting the role of American Fur Company employees during the winter.  These employees would have pressed furs and robes, hauled wood and water, cut ice and did a little trading with American Indian tribes.  Visitors will also be invited to try pemmican.  Pemmican was the food of survival during the time – met and dried berries pounded into a paste and covered with melted fat, then pressed into cakes.  There will also be coffee, cider and biscuits for the less adventurous.

Inside the Bourgeois House at Fort Union, see the fur trade exhibits and take a look at the fort’s book store.

Fort Union is located 25 miles southwest of Williston on Highway 1804.

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Attractions, Events, Family Fun, History


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Civil War Program, July 17, at Fort Union

Civil War history buffs will want to visit Williston on Saturday, July 17.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site will host “Civil War at Fort Union,” an event including formal small arms drills and firing, artillery firing, and other formal and informal presentations throughout the post.

The Civil War came to the upper Missouri in 1864-65 when General Alfred Sully followed the Dakota Sioux west after the Minnesota uprising in 1862.  In addition, Company I, 30th Wisconsin Infantry was sent upriver to guard supplies at Fort Union trading post in the spring of 1864.  After a year’s occupation, Company I was replaced at Fort Union by Company B, 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry.  These were “Galvanized Yankees,” ex-Confederate prisoners who had taken the oath of allegiance to the United States.  Company B occupied Fort Union until the middle of August 1865.

The programs are free of charge and will take place starting at 1 p.m.

Fort Union Trading Post is located 25 miles southwest of Williston, North Dakota via Highway 1804 and 24 miles north of Sidney, Montana.  For more information, call 701 572-9083.

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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Events, History


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