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A special publication by the Havre Daily News Living History weekend set for June 7 Provides the opportunity to experience first hand the area history PAM BURKE Havre Daily News HAVRE — While the common thread among historical attractions everywhere is to teach people about history, Havre’s Living History Day Saturday, June 7, provides the opportunity to experience the area's history first hand, as well. Living History brings together the efforts of organizers at several of the area’s historical sites and annual events that welcome people to take part in activities, demonstrations and re-enactments that bring the history back to life. Fort Assinniboine During this weekend event, historic Fort Assinniboine, once the largest military post in Montana and the U.S., will have tours all day starting with the first at 10 a.m. and ending with the last tour leaving at 3:30 p.m. During the tours, people will be treated to live firearm and cannon demonstrations by the Bullhook Bottoms Black Powder Club and learn about the traders, Mounties and soldiers who are testimonials to our state’s past and the opening of the frontier. People can stroll through a display of hides and guns, with oldtime music providing a special historical note. Tours on the Black Jack touring wagon, named after General John “Black Jack” Pershing who was stationed at the fort early in his career, will go out every half hour. Fort Assinniboine is located about six miles south of Havre, east off U.S. Highway 87. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for 18 and younger for the day. Those people keen to support the Fort Assinniboine restoration effort are invited to attend the Unfinished Tour event starting at 4 p . m . i n t h e fo r t ’s O f f i c e r s Amusement Hall. After the official opening comments welcoming guests, tours of portions of the fort not usually accessed by the public will take guests through four buildings, including the Guard House, with a live re-enactment by Martin Holt. Fundraising opportunities will include a poker run and a sealed bid auction for four pieces of art created by local artists Steve Helmbrecht,,Tom Marinkovich, Athena Fox and Vince Woodwick. Havre Daily News/file photo Volunteer actors re-enact gambling and drinking in the Sporting Eagle Saloon for Havre Beneath the Streets’ Living History event in 2013. All four art pieces incorporate the framework of windows salvaged from the fort restoration. Havre Beneath the Streets L iv i ng H i stor y p rov i de s a chance to bring the Havre Beneath the Streets museum alive among the many displays of local artifacts. The Sporting Eagle Saloon, the Old West at its best, will have gam- blers and dance hall girls, as well as good ol’ boys just needing a drink. People can shop at Gourley Brothers Bakery to purchase tasty homemade n See History Page 3

Visit Havre and the Hi-Line ~ May 2014

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