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By Derek Hann

Havre celebrates Living History


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Tom Brown of Havre wears authentic frontiersman clothing as he cleans a canon after it was just fired Saturday at Fort Assinniboine during Havre's Living History event.

Many locations this weekend offered tours and activities during Havre's Living History, helping breathe new life in an older time and celebrating Havre's rich and full life with the community and tourists of all ages.

Havre kicked off its annual Living History Saturday, with events including at Havre Beneath the Streets, Fort Assinniboine, Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump, High-Line Heritage House and the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum.

The North Central Montana Everything Antique Show was held at the Great Northern Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday in conjunction with Living History.

Living History was put on by staff members and volunteers of all ages, celebrating the rich history of Havre with the community. The event attracted many people to each of the locations, giving them an opportunity to look back on the past and enjoy.

High-Line Heritage House was open Sunday, giving tours of the second-oldest surviving house in Havre, built in 1898. John F. Mathews, bookkeeper and Hill County Assessor, and his family were the first residents. The Queen Anne home is under renovations but still open for tours. The Heritage House was purchased in 1997 by Emily Mayer, who is eventually going to turn the house into a historic bed and breakfast.

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Daniel Sorensen holds a bison jaw to his face as he explains where the bone would be found on the animal to his son, Hudson, 6, at the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump Interpretive Center Saturday during Havre's Living History event.

Havre Beneath the Streets, where Havre businesses are re-created in the tunnels beneath the downtown area, was open for tours every half hour Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and had volunteers of all ages in costumes to help make history come to life in the historic tunnels and rooms.

Havre Beneath the Streets first opened for tours in 1994. This was the 10th year Havre Beneath the Street participated in Living History, with many returning volunteers as well as first-year participants.

Jake Strissel, volunteer for four years and re-enactment actor for Attorney Max P. Kuhr, said that the best part about being involved in this event is the history behind it as well as the community pride.

Havre Beneath the Streets sold more than 300 tickets this year, and Office Manager Christy Owens said the staff is proud to have so many members of the community  sharing this special part of Havre.

Look for more photos and an in-depth story about Living History in Friday's Hi-Line Living.


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