Activities at Fort Laramie NHS

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July 4 – July 10

Sunday, July 4

9:30 am – 5:30 pm Special Event - Annual “Old-Fashioned” Fourth of July – Celebrate Independence Day in genuine frontier style. For many years, Fort Laramie NHS has been a traditional part of Independence Day activities in southeast Wyoming. As in years past, the day will be packed with events and offer something for everyone.

 

Monday, July 5

9:30 am Morning Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Life on the Trails West” – Learn the story of the long journey west and the struggles of the trail. Fort Laramie was one of few supply points on the trail and emigrants eagerly awaited their arrival at the frontier fort. Emigrant Wagon, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Hunting on the Prairie” – Learn about hunted animals on the Northern Great Plains and what happened when subsistence hunting turned commercial. Examine the long-term effects of commercial hunting. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

5:00 pm Evening Program - “Crime in the Frontier Army: Punishment, Harsh and Certain” – Life on the frontier army was harsh and an enlisted soldier was almost sure to run afoul of the military justice. Visitor Center, 30 minutes.

 

Tuesday, July 6

9:30 am Morning Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Soldier’s Life on a Frontier Fort” – For the frontier soldier, life could be a struggle with constant duties to meet the demands of daily life on a frontier post. Learn what it took to survive as a soldier in the harsh environment of the Northern Great Plains. Cavalry Barracks, 30 minutes.

 

Wednesday, July 7

9:30 am Morning Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A's that started the Plains Indians War. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Fur Trade” – Fashion drives an entire industry and leads to exploration and exploitation of the west, setting the stage for Westward Expansion. Learn how furs were significant in the establishment of the early trading posts of Fort Laramie. Native American Tipi, 30 minutes.

 

Thursday, July 8

9:30 am Morning Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A's that started the Plains Indians War. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Fur Trade” – Fashion drives an entire industry and leads to exploration and exploitation of the west, setting the stage for Westward Expansion. Learn how furs were significant in the establishment of the early trading posts of Fort Laramie. Native American Tipi, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks, 90 minutes.

5:00 pm Evening Program - “Rangers Choice” – Join Ranger Historian Steve for an interactive discussion on the importance of Fort Laramie National Historic Site and the multitude of topics related to the mission of preserving this treasure of American history. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

 

Friday, July 9

9:30 am Morning Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A's that started the Plains Indians War. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

12:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Historic Weapons Demonstration” – Feel the effectiveness of the of the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer and become part of an artillery battery on the Northern Great Plains. Commissary Bleachers, 45 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Post Trader” – Post trader, the richest man at the Fort. The real story of how these men acquired this lucrative monopoly with the U.S Army. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks, 90 minutes.

5:00 pm Evening Program - “The Soldier’s Life on a Frontier Fort” – For the frontier soldier, life could be a struggle with constant duties to meet the demands of daily life on a frontier post. Learn what it took to survive as a soldier in the harsh environment of the Northern Great Plains. Cavalry Barracks, 30 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 10

9:30 am Morning Program - “Alcohol, Animal, and Arrogance” – The three A's that started the Plains Indians War. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

12:30 pm Afternoon Program - “Historic Weapons Demonstration” – Feel the effectiveness of the of the 12-pound Mountain Howitzer and become part of an artillery battery on the Northern Great Plains. Commissary Bleachers, 45 minutes.

2:30 pm Afternoon Program - “The Fur Trade” – Fashion drives an entire industry and leads to exploration and exploitation of the west, setting the stage for Westward Expansion. Learn how furs were significant in the establishment of the early trading posts of Fort Laramie. Post Trader’s Store, 30 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program - Guided Tour of “Old Fort Laramie” – The epic story of the American West played out on a grand scale at Fort Laramie. Join a ranger and tour the place that became famous in the annals of history. Cavalry Barracks, 90 minutes.

5:00 pm Evening Program - “Rangers Choice” – Join Ranger Historian Clayton for an interactive discussion on the importance of Fort Laramie National Historic Site and the multitude of topics related to the mission of preserving this treasure of American history. Commissary Bleachers, 30 minutes.

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