Join Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks each Saturday evening from June 6 to Aug. 29 for River Stories, the 2009 Summer Speaker Series at Missouri Headwaters State Park. The series will feature tribal elders, authors, historians, educators, and actors weaving together fact and fiction about the headwaters and beyond.
Dr. Bill Yellowtail kicks off the series on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. with his presentation BLC: The Headwaters Before Lewis and Clark. Dr. Yellowtail, a Crow Indian and former regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency, will explore the Indian perspective and use of the area as a “transit corridor, economic bazaar, and cultural interface” long before Lewis and Clark found the Missouri Headwaters on their western journey.
On July 25, Montana historian and author Lenore McKelvey Puhek will bring Mrs. Libby Meagher back to life in her presentation The River’s Edge. Mrs. Meagher was the wife of Montana Territory Acting Governor Thomas Francis Meagher. Puhek will portray the Meagher’s journey from Ireland to New York to Montana Territory, and finally to Mr. Meagher’s mysterious and still-unsolved death in the Missouri River in 1867.
On August 8, join 95-year old Dr. Joe Medicine Crow for his presentation The Rivers in Crow Country and Beyond. Dr. Medicine Crow, an author, historian, teacher, and Crow elder, will talk about where the three rivers meet to form the “Big River,” one of the longest and most spectacular rivers of North America.
On August 22, author Alan Kesselheim will present Life in the Flow: Adventures and Misdeeds in the Land of Three Forks. Kesselheim is a Bozeman-based freelance writer whose specialty is outdoor adventure and nature writing, with much of his work focused on water and paddling adventure.
For a complete list of the Missouri Headwaters Summer Speaker Series, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/news/article_8081.aspx. For a calendar of events at Montana state parks, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/eCalendar.html.
All of the Missouri Headwaters Summer Speaker Series events are free and begin at 7 p.m. with a campfire/marshmallow roast immediately after each presentation. Please bring your own chairs. Rain location is the Three Forks Methodist Church Annex, 201 East Cedar Street. There will be no program on the 4th of July holiday.
For more information, call FWP Interpretive Ranger Anne Ore at 285-3610 or 581-5568.