(Billings, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: A special event, “Inside the Cultural Heritage of Chief Plenty Coups” at Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor.
When: Thursday, Aug. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Chief Plenty Coups State Park visitor center, off of Interstate 90 take Billings exit 447 and go 35 miles south to Pryor, then one mile west. Park gates will close as usual at 8 p.m.
Who: Jessica Reeves, Middle Tennessee State University Department of History student and collection archivist of the Chief Plenty Coups museum collection this summer.
This evening will be a rare opportunity to view historical items in the Chief Plenty Coups State Park museum collection. Reeves will share what she has learned by working with the museum collection this summer and exhibit objects including Chief Plenty Coups’ allotment certificate, some of his reservation-style hats, his rosary and a first edition copy of The American by Frank Linderman. In the book, PlentyCoups tells in his own words what he and his people experienced during the transition to reservation life. More than 170 pieces of the collection were in Plenty Coups’ possession when he passed away in 1932.
Plenty Coups’ personal belongings and museum quality photos and objects associated with his life make up the Chief Plenty Coups State Park museum collection. In 2011 high ground water caused park officials to move this irreplaceable collection to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. for safe storage. The collection returned home to Chief Plenty Coups State Park early this year.
Plenty Coups and his wife asked that upon their passing their log home and farmstead located on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana become a place for all cultures to come together in a cooperative spirit. In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 18,000 people visited Chief Plenty Coups State Park.