40th Annual Fort Union Rendezvous Set For June 15-18

Join Fort Union staff and volunteers in celebrating in the Upper Missouri's finest fur trade fair at one of the West's grandest historic sites

Williston, ND – Get ready to step back in time as the much-anticipated Fort Union Rendezvous returns to the Upper Missouri.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is set to come alive with the sights, sounds, and excitement of the American Frontier during the annual Rendezvous. From June 15-18, visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to experience the rich history and vibrant culture of the fur trade era. The Fort Union Rendezvous promises to transport attendees to a bygone era, immersing them in the lifestyle and traditions of early explorers, trappers, and Native American tribes. This living history event has become a staple for history enthusiasts, families, and adventurers alike, offering a unique educational and entertaining experience for all.

New for 2023: The special headliner on June 16-17 is Michael Bad Hand. Experience the vibrant culture of the Upper Missouri Tribes with renowned historian and reenactor Michael Bad Hand, members of the Crow Nation, and their horses. Learn about the customs, traditions, horse culture, and history of the Indigenous peoples who played a vital role in the fur trade era.

Highlights of the Fort Union Rendezvous: Witness thrilling reenactments of significant events from the fur trade era including demonstrations of black powder shooting and trade negotiations. Discover the craftsmanship of yesteryear as artisans demonstrate traditional skills such as blacksmithing, pottery, spinning and weaving, and frontier cooking. Shop with our many historical vendors.

Admission and parking are free.  

About Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site: Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is a treasured National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service. Located in Williston, ND, Fort Union preserves one of the most important fur trade posts on the Upper Missouri River.

The site offers visitors an opportunity to explore the history and culture of the fur trade era through exhibits, demonstrations, and events like the Fort Union Rendezvous, Indian Arts Showcase (Aug. 5-6) and Living History Weekend (Sept. 2-3). Find more information and the full schedule of events at: go.nps.gov/Rondy. 

For more information about Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, please visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/fous. The park is also on social media, https://www.facebook.com/FortUnionTradingPostNHS.

 

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