Living History Days at the Museum May 14-16
by Museum of the Mountain Man
May 8, 2019
The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale will host their annual Living History Days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 14-16, 2019 with members of the American Mountain Men Association (AMM) on hand to give living history talks and demonstrations.
There will be a special evening program on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00pm as part of the annual Living History Days programming. Sharp Knife (Kris Swanson) will tell the story of Marie Dorion who accompanied the Astor Expedition (1811-1812) and was one of the first women to cross the continent to settle in Oregon. A mixed-breed Iowa Indian, Marie has been called the female "revenant" for her heroics. Sharp Knife will also share more general insights on the lives of Native American women. This is the final program of the Sublette County Library’s "Wyoming Women: Then and Now" series. The event is free and open to the public.
Living History Days brings hundreds of school children from southwestern Wyoming to the Museum to learn about the fur trade era from members of the American Mountain Men. Demonstrations on black powder firearms and fire building, Native American sign language, beaver skinning, tipi living, clothing and blacksmithing help the students understand the challenges of daily living in the 1800’s. Programs are free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsorship by Sublette BOCES, Sweetwater BOCES and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation. The talks and demonstrations May 14-16 will be from 9 am to approximately 2 pm. The public is welcome to visit with the American Mountain Men at their encampment on the north lawn in the afternoon hours as well. The Museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily.
The American Mountain Men organization was formed in 1973 by a group of mountain man enthusiasts who wanted to learn the life of mountain men by living it. They all have regular jobs, but live and learn the mountain man ways as a hobby. All told, there are approximately 600 members throughout the United States.
The Museum of the Mountain Man was opened in 1990 and is operated by the Sublette County Historical Society, the oldest historical society in Wyoming. The Historical Society holds over 20,000 artifacts ranging from pre-historic to the settlement era and was originally established in 1935 for the preservation of historic sites of the fur trade and rendezvous, marking of settler graves and trails, and to collect all records, documents and items pertaining to the historical background of Sublette County.
For more information or to schedule a school or home school group to be a part of Living History Days, please call the Museum at 307-367-4101.