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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Montana State Parks News - Region 5

(Glendive, MT) – Montana State Parks ( will host “Skin Boats of the Fur Trade” at Makoshika State Park on Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm.

Join cultural anthropologist, Billy Maxwell, as he presents his program “Skin Boats of the Fur Trade”. Bull boats or skin boats are small vessels, usually made by American Indians and frontiersmen, constructed by covering a skeletal wooden frame with a buffalo hide. Generally used for traveling and fishing, Lewis and Clark knew the advantage the lightweight, skin-covered boats had and carried supplies for the construction of skin boats during their expedition. The Corps of Discovery christened their skin boat “The Experiment” of Lewis and Clark. Learn how these boats were constructed and the impact they had on history.

Billy Maxwell has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Montana. Among his various experience, he has been a backcountry mule packer in the Bridger-Teton Wilderness area and a researcher/interpreter at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.

This program is free and will take place at Makoshika State Park Kiwanis Pavilion. For more information, call the park visitor center at (406) 377-6256.

What: Summer Campfire Program: “Skin Boats and the Fur Trade” with Billy Maxwell

When: Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Where: Kiwanis Pavilion, Makoshika State Park, 1301 Snyder Ave. Glendive, MT

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Chris Dantic
Park Manager
Makoshika State Park
(406) 377-6256