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Republic of Nature Program at Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Tue Jul 31 14:16:00 MDT 2012

(Three Forks, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What: Missouri Headwaters State Park Summer Speaker Series presentation, “The Republic of Nature: Exploring a Forgotten Side of American History.” The 2012 speaker series theme is Exploring Nature.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.

Where: Missouri Headwaters State Park picnic area, 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT 59752. The park is located four miles north of Three Forks, just off of Interstate 90.

(The rain location is the United Methodist Church Annex building, 116 East Cedar Street, Three Forks, Montana.)

Please note the time change to 8 p.m. and bring your own chairs. Thank you.

Who: Mark Fiege, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Colorado State University.

Mark Fiege, a Washington state native, will speak on his acclaimed book, The Republic of Nature (2012), in which he discusses such topics as the American Revolution; Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War; and the more recent case of Brown vs. Board of Education, putting history in the context of the natural environment of the time.

Fiege earned his degrees from Western Washington University, Washington State University, and the University of Utah. He is the William E. Morgan Chair of Liberal Arts and Director of the Public Lands History Center.

In addition to Republic of Nature, Dr. Fiege is the author of Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West (1999). Both books are published by University of Washington Press.

Enjoy the Missouri Headwaters State Park Speaker Series—Saturday evenings June 9 through August 18. A marshmallow roast follows each program.
Missouri Headwaters State Park is a National Historic Landmark. Captain Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition stood on top of a limestone cliff and saw the three rivers that formed the Missouri River. He named the tributaries Madison, Gallatin and Jefferson. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,300 people visited Missouri Headwaters State Park, a 34 percent increase over the year before.

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