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  • Living History Weekend Announced, Sept. 3-4

    Lisa Sanden|Aug 31, 2022

    Williston, ND – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is pleased to announce our annual Living History Weekend dates: Sept. 3-4. Living History volunteers and members from the local Fort Union Muzzle Loader Association will bring history to life through historical dress, demonstrations, crafts, tools, and stories. Saturday from noon-2 p.m. CDT will also feature art programming. Before cameras, copiers and the internet, images were made and shared through hand-pressed prints. Visitors can learn the historical art of printmaking using m...

  • Indian Arts Festival Scheduled For Aug. 6-7, Fort Union

    Lisa Sanden|Jul 27, 2022

    Experience American Indian history and culture through music, singing, dancing, traditional crafts, and presentations by artists and craftspeople from tribes of the Upper Missouri. Williston, ND - Saturday Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7, come join Fort Union as we celebrate our affiliated tribes through traditional American Indian music, dancing, and culture. This free event will showcase presentations and demonstrations each day from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. CDT. Daily programs (subject to change): Saturday...

  • Saturdays At Fort Union Are Kids Craft Saturdays!

    Lisa Sanden|Jul 6, 2022

    Williston, ND – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is excited to announce the return of Kids Craft Saturdays. Each Kids Craft activity is free, open to the public, and accessible to all age levels. Activities will take approximately one hour to complete. All activities will run from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. CT. 2022 Schedule: Pottery - July 9: All kinds of pottery and Chinaware were found during Fort Union archaeological digs. Come down to the fort to make your own clay piece. Parfleche - July 16: Want to learn about American Indian backpac...

  • Fort Union Trading Post NHS Site To Close July 18-19, 2022 For Parking Lot Repairs

    Lisa Sanden|Jul 6, 2022

    Temporary Visitor Center to open at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center Williston, ND - Fort Union Trading Post NHS will close to the public Monday, June 18–Tuesday July 19 for completion of our roads rehabilitation project. During the closure, the parking lots and entrance roads will be resurfaced and repainted. This long-needed maintenance project will make the site more accessible with van access spaces and improve parking overall with clearly-defined parking lines. While Fort Union is closed, the park will accommodate v...

  • 39th Annual Fort Union Rendezvous, June 16-19

    Lisa Sanden|Jun 15, 2022

    Williston, ND – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is pleased to announce the dates for its annual fur trade Rendezvous, June 16-19. Each day will feature a variety of demonstrations of 19th-century skills, including blacksmithing, pottery-making, spinning and weaving, frontier cooking, hide tanning, and period music. Kids Day is back for 2022! Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. CDT, will feature an all-new Kids Day with hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and new camp demonstration stations. Park hours are from 9 a.m.–5 p.m....

  • 39th Annual Fort Union Rendezvous Set For June 16-19

    Lisa Sanden|Jun 8, 2022

    Williston, ND – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is pleased to announce the dates for its annual fur trade Rendezvous, June 16-19, 2022. Each day will feature a variety of demonstrations of 19th-century skills, including blacksmithing, pottery-making, spinning and weaving, frontier cooking, hide tanning, and period music. Kids Day is back for 2022! Thursday, June 16, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT, will feature an all-new Kids Day with hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and new camp demonstration stations. Park hours are from 9:00 a...

  • Fort Union Trading Post NHS Site Closed Through May 27 For Parking Lot Repairs

    Lisa Sanden|May 25, 2022

    Williston, ND - Fort Union Trading Post NHS will be closed to the public through Friday, May 27 while the parking lots and entrance roads are resurfaced and repainted. This long-needed maintenance project will make the site more accessible with van access spaces and improve parking overall with clearly-defined parking lines. While Fort Union is closed, the park will accommodate visitors via a temporary visitor center at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center (MYCIC). This temporary visitor center will have the park passport...

  • Saturdays at Fort Union are Kids Craft Days!

    Lisa Sanden|Jul 7, 2021

    Williston – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is excited to announce the return of Kids Craft Saturdays. Each Kids Craft activity is free, open to the public, and accessible to all age levels. Activities will take approximately one hour to complete. Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. 2021 Schedule: Leather Arrowheads - July 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CT: Learn how to create designs on leather. The arrowhead is an important symbol of t...

  • Saturdays at Fort Union are Kids Craft Days!

    Lisa Sanden|Jun 30, 2021

    Williston, ND – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is excited to announce the return of Kids Craft Saturdays. Each Kids Craft activity is free, open to the public, and accessible to all age levels. Activities will take approximately one hour to complete. Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. 2021 Schedule: Independence Day Fireworks - July 3. Historically, Ft. Union Bourgeois, Kenneth McKenzie, brought vibrant and dazzling fireworks...

  • Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

    Lisa Sanden|Aug 24, 2016

    Find your park and help Fort Union Trading Post celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday. Free hands on activities for kids, Jr Ranger and Trader programs and birthday cake will be featured each day. When: Thursday, August 25th 2:00 -5:00 Central Time Saturday, August 27th 2-5:00 Central Time August 25, 2016 is the 100th Birthday of the U.S. National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed the NPS Organic Act on August 25, 1916 establishing the National Park Service as an agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior. Today...

  • Free Bead Loom Class Offered March 19

    Lisa Sanden|Mar 9, 2016

    Are you interested in learning the art of bead working? Come join us as the MonDak Heritage Center’s Education Coordinator Jessica Newman introduces participants to the basics of loom beading. To participate, no prior experience is necessary and you will go home with your very own handmade bracelet and a new set of skills! The class will begin at 3:00 p.m. CT Saturday, March 19, at Fort Union Trading Post NHS, 15550 Highway 1804. This free class is being offered in partnership with Sidney, Montana’s MonDak Heritage Center. Preregistration is re...

  • Public Involvement Sought To Celebrate Fort Union's 50th Anniversary And The National Park Service's Centennial

    Lisa Sanden|Apr 22, 2015

    Williston area residents convinced Congress to create a nation’s park nearly 50 years ago. And to celebrate that accomplishment and the MonDak region’s inspiration for “America’s Best Idea,” its national parks, the National Park Service seeks community input. To share your thoughts and ideas for how the National Park Service could celebrate Fort Union Trading Post’s 50th anniversary in 2016, join the park’s staff for a public meeting at the Williston Public Library. The meeting will be Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. “The park exists because...

  • Fort Union Extended Hours and Events

    Lisa Sanden|May 15, 2013

    On Saturday, May 25, Fort Union will extend operating hours to 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Central Time). These hours will be in effect from Memorial Weekend to the end of Labor Day on September 2, 2013. Fort Union’s Trade House will be open every day during the summer hours with living history interpreters on site sharing the park story. The summer special event schedule is as follows: June 13-16, Fort Union Rendezvous; Thursday 6/13, Kids Day; Saturday 6/15, Rendezvous Run; August 3-4, Indian Arts Showcase; August 31-September 2, Living History W...

  • Volunteers Needed for the Trails & Rails Program Minot & Williston Areas

    Lisa Sanden|Apr 10, 2013

    All Aboard! The National Park Service is again partnering with Amtrak to sponsor the annual Trails & Rails Program on-board the Empire Builder. The National Park Service is looking for interested individuals to present volunteer programs on-board the train. Trails & Rails is a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak to provide educational programs on passenger trains running through various regions of the country. This program begins in June and runs through early September. Programs on the train run from Williston, North...

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