(Missoula, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: Beavertail Hill State Park Summer Speaker Series presentations in August.
When: Fridays at 8 p.m.
Where: Beavertail Hill State Park is located 26 miles southeast of Missoula on Interstate 90.Go to Beavertail Hill exit #130, then .25 mile south on the county road.
Aug. 3 Buffalo Hunter Vic Smith Portrayed by Arch Ellwein of Sidney
Veteran presenter Arch Ellwein, independent scholar and actor from Sidney, brings Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith (1850-1925) to life in a poignant, humorous portrayal set in 1900. Victor Grant Smith was an army scout and dispatch rider, trapper, hunter, trick shot artist and storyteller. Ellwein bases his portrayal on accounts in Smith’s memoirs of times he spent with the likes of George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.
Aug. 10 Montana’s Landless Indians and Beveridge’s Montana Wild West Show
Elizabeth Sperry, a researcher/writer and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Montana in Missoula, explores William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s performance at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was the height of Buffalo Bill’s career and the inspiration for hundreds of other Wild West shows that followed. One, Beveridge’s Montana Wildest West show of Helena, toured seven Midwestern states by rail the summer of 1895 with the state’s landless Cree and Metis Indians as feature performers.
Aug. 17 An Evening With Pierre Cruzatte’s Ghost
Richard Baker, Great Falls author and actor, launches this portrayal of Pierre Cruzatte, a French-Indian boatsman and fiddler on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with Cruzatte’s surprise at encountering an audience. At first he is seriously concerned for the welfare of these unarmed individuals at large in Blackfeet Indian and grizzly territory. Soon he warms up to the “strangers” sharing yarns of the expedition and fiddle tunes of the era.
Beavertail Hill State Park’s Summer Speakers Series continues through Aug. 31. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,000 people visited Beavertail Hill State Park. Visitors find numerous wildlife viewing opportunities by following the park’s one-hour walking trail shaded by cottonwood trees. Species that might be spotted include moose, white-tailed deer, and birds such as nighthawks and great horned owls. The park’s spacious campsites are near the Clark Fork River.