Post by rangersmith1867 on Jul 2, 2012 9:51:37 GMT -5
I was not sure where to post this, but there is going to be a series of formal talks about the historical and Natural history in the area Surrounding the Bighorn Canyon.
I am a Park Ranger with the National Park service and I work in the N. District of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area. The N. District is located about 42 miles from Hardin, Montana and is the site of the Bozeman trail, Fort. C.F. Smith, and the Hayfield Fight.
Talks happen every Saturday and generally start around 9pm. They will be on various topics, for example this Saturday the 30th, one of our Rangers will be giving a talk on the Life of Chief Plenty Coups.
If you are a board member, and want to come I was thinking of offering my time when I am off duty, to sit around the campfire and discuss whatever about the area, history, geology, Wildlife, cultures, ect.
I have posted a flier from a past talk, and I was thinking of giving a repeat of this talk on 07July2012 with the help of another Historical Interpreter.
I can also give personal tours (in small numbers) of the Hayfield fight battle field, and other points of interest. I am dedicated to my work and have no problem doing it in my off time. So if you want to come, camp out, and have some good times just let me know. Its 5 bucks for 24 access here, including a nice swimming hole, world class fishing, excellent history...and there is no additional fee for camping.
Post by rangersmith1867 on Jul 2, 2012 11:14:00 GMT -5
By all means, be happy to have a beer with you and wax poetic about events that took places long before we were ever thought of...maybe cook up some Bison over the fire...of course I was thinking of doing this in my full kit..its and idea I was experimenting with, setting up camp in one of the camp sites in uniform with equipment, walking to the camps and sharing stories and what not.
Great idea, ranger! That's how I first met Gerry in person, though I had known him online--I saw a cavalryman in full kit wandering through the 7th Ranch RV Camp, where he was staying with his family that year, and thought, "I have got to go talk to this guy!" Our conversations now average about three hours...Now he roughs it down by the river with the other survivors. He gave me a tour of the cavalry camp, and there are some pretty authentic types--and some of what the mountain men call "tin tepees." The difference is that the mountain men make the tin tepees stay in their own area, and the period tents in another, so as not to distract from the experience for the visitors.
I'm sure a period camp in the middle of a regular campsite would get lots of attention!
Post by rangersmith1867 on Jul 4, 2012 9:51:05 GMT -5
I will look into it and see what I can do. My Impression thus far is for the Fort Smith 1867 era...for my talk on the Hayfield. Considering the Heat, my Sky Blue trousers are personal purchase ones and would do fine, I just do not have a tunic...but in the heat...I think my shirt will do fine.
I don't have a trapdoor yet, or any field gear (Prairie Belt) for the impression...as of yet.