Friday Night Talk Programs

Crawford, NE - The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center staff is hosting two educational Friday Night Talk programs on July 31 at Fort Robinson State Park and on August 7 at Chadron State Park.

Somer Aburish, Hudson-Meng park ranger, will be the featured speaker on both nights. She will be presenting the settlement history of northern Sioux County, based on research by Hudson-Meng Education and Research volunteer, Rie Misaizu.  The talk will focus on the homesteaders’ motivation to settle in the area close to one of the great Sioux war sites and their choice to abandon an entire community, Montrose. Most of the towns in Sioux County developed after the arrival of railroads to this area. The hamlet of now abandoned Montrose; however, had developed independently from railroads and eventually dissolved. Montrose was established in 1886 in close proximity to the site of the War Bonnet Creek Skirmish of 1876. With its establishment, came tension between Montrose residents and the native people of the area, as seen in the residents’ fortification of Montrose in response to the Ghost Dance Movement of 1890. 

Rie Misaizu is a historical archaeologist pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on World War II POW camps in the Rocky Mountain Region.  She has particular interest in understanding the POWs’ perceptions of the American West through her research on two former POW camps located at Fort Robinson, Nebraska and Douglas, Wyoming. Rie Misaizu has also been doing some volunteer work at Hudson Meng Education and Research Center. She will be present at these talks and happy to answer questions regarding the history of the two World War II POW camps. 

We will be also celebrating Smokey Bear’s birthday. The Hudson-Meng park rangers will present the story and background of Smokey Bear. 

- July 31, Fort Robinson State Park, please meet at the parade ground, 7:00 PM.

- August 7, Chadron State Park, please meet at trading post store, 7:00 PM.

Friday Night Talk Programs are free of charge; however park passes are required. Everyone is welcome to attend, please come and join us.

For more information or questions please contact Hudson-Meng at (308) 665-3900 or Kristina Hill at (308) 432-0300. 


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