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Activities set at Fort Assinniboine Saturday for Living History

Fort Assinniboine hosting Living History Day activities

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The Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association has organized activities for Living History Day Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Beginning at 10: a.m. and ending at 3 p.m., tours will be given of Fort Assinniboine aboard the "Black Jack" wagon. Apartment Number 3, where then-Lt. John Pershing lived while serving at Fort Assinniboine, will be open for visitors to walk through. The Guard House, which served as the fort jail, will also be part of the day's tours.

A discount on tours will be given for Living History Day only. Tours are conducted by Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association volunteers and will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length.

The Interpretive Center and Museum will be open, complete with a gift shop with items available for sale.

A lunch will be provided in the Officer's Amusement Hall. Free will donations for the lunch is greatly appreciated. The local band Kicks will also be performing on the Fort grounds.

Members of the Black Powder Club will be showing off their black powder firearms, some in period costumes. The popular cannon will also be at Fort Assinnboine, and some lucky youngster will have a chance to fire off the cannon, announcing the beginning of the next Fort Assinniboine tour. Volunteers in period uniforms are also planned to participate in Living History Day activities.

Fort Assinniboine is located six miles south of Havre on U. S. Highway 2. Once the largest military fort west of the Mississippi River, it was established in 1879 and decommissioned in 1911. It now serves at the Northern Agricultural Research Center for Montana State University. Regular tours of Fort Assinniboine are conducted June 1 through September 1.


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