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Friends Summer Events

June 27-28, 2014

138th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

by Bob Reece

Proposed Field Trip Route

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Friends holds the commemoration events for the 138th anniversary of the battle Friday and Saturday, June 27-28, 2014.

Our annual fundraiser field trip - "Why Would Custer Go All The Way Out Here: The Ford D Mystery" - will be Friday the 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM.   If you missed last year’s field trip over Greasy Grass Ridge and into Calhoun Coulee led by Dr. Douglas Scott, you will not want to miss this one. This time, we have two leaders to interpret for us. Doug Scott returns, and our second leader will be none other than Little Bighorn Historian Extraordinaire Mike Donahue! Yes, that Mike Donahue.

Mike and I have been talking about such a field trip for a number of years, and we are working on getting us as close to Ford D as possible.  We will walk southwest toward the river and Ford D. Many believe some of Custer's troops traveled into this area with the objective to capture the noncombatants. Doug will share with us details from the 1994 archaeological survey while Mike will supply us with some of his theories about events in this mysterious part of the battlefield. During the walk back, Mike will also show us the general area where he believes the body of Mark Kellogg was found.

This is going to be an amazing walk, but it will also be one of the most difficult we have experienced so far. Mike tells me we will have to go under two separate barb wired fences. In addition, we will travel over two miles through some rough country. Please keep this in mind when you consider registering for the walk.

Field Trip Limited To The First 50 To Register - SOLD OUT!

Friends Feast and General Membership Meeting

Saturday June 28, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, behind Administration Building

Our Friends Feast and general membership meeting will take place the evening of Saturday, June 28 from 6:00-8:30 PM behind the Administration Building. Friends’ members and one guest eat free.

Interpreter Volunteers, Friday and Saturday June 27-28

Our volunteers will interpret Friday and Saturday, June 27-28. Locations for interpretation are the Deep Ravine and Keogh/Crazy Horse Trails, Last Stand Hill, Indian Memorial, and Reno-Benteen Battlefield.

If you would like to volunteer or to learn more information, please send an email to: Please include in your email two of the areas you would be most interested to interpret, what day(s) and times.

I'll see you on Last Stand Hill.


Further Reading On This Subject

Our interview with Doug Scott

Our interview with Mike Donahue

Our interview with Margot Liberty

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