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The Next Generation In The Study Of Custer's Last Stand

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Summer 2016

 

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Friends Summer Events

June 24-25, 2016

140th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Custer Ridge Extension runs towards Crow Agency as seen beyond the Indian Memorial

Photo by Bob Reece

Friends has finalized our events for the 140th anniversary. NPS is planning their events still, with promised help from Friends if needed.

[SOLD OUT] Friday evening, the 24th, Friends annual fundraiser field trip [SOLD OUT]

This year, we will have an incredible field trip led by Park Ranger and Battle Historian extraordinaire Mike Donahue. Thanks to permission from the Custer Battlefield Preservation Committee, we venture into terrain most of us have only observed from a distance: "Following Custer's Left Wing Along the Custer Ridge Extension: Ford D Exit One Mile Ahead" promises to surpass last yearís walk along Sharpshooters Ridge with Donahue.

Did the left wing follow this ridge beyond Last Stand Hill? If so, what was Custerís objective? Was he hoping to capture the noncombatants, or were there other reasons? Donahue will share his theories to answer these questions and more.

Friends Feast and General Membership Meeting

Saturday evening, the 25th, Friends Feast and General Membership Meeting. Good food, good people, new and old friends meet again. We will have picnic tables waiting for you behind the administration building. This year, we start later than past Feasts, because of possible NPS commemoration events on Last Stand Hill. After a day filled with exciting events, and/or working the trails, plan on coming to our Feast to unwind, relax, and fill the tummy. Friendsí members and one guest enjoy dinner at no charge. If youíre interested in attending, please send an email to information@friendslittlebighorn.com no later than June 8, 2016.

Interpreter Volunteers, Friday and Saturday June 26-27

Friends will manage volunteer interpreters along the Deep Ravine and Keogh/Crazy Horse Trails, Last Stand Hill and Indian Memorial, and the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. If youíre interested in sharing your knowledge about this battle with Park visitors, please reply or send an email to information@friendslittlebighorn.com.

I'll see you on Last Stand Hill.

Bob

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