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Wildhorse Rendezvous cooking out

Forest Dephelps, 17, cooks himself some soup during the Wildhorse Rendezvous. Participants in the event dress in attire identical to what would have been worn in the 1840s or prior and live life like it would have been lived then.

Montana State Parks will host the Montana Conversation “A Ride Back in Time to the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Era” with Perri Knize at Frenchtown Pond State Park on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. This free program is part of Frenchtown Pond’s Summer Interpretive Series.

Become immersed in life as it was during the Rendezvous Era, from 1825 to 1840, when trappers of the Rocky Mountains forged trails that American pioneers would later follow. Dressed as a woman traveler of the period, Knize tells the story of the Rendezvous and demonstrates her period-correct clothing, tools, horse tack and equipment. With images and video, she recounts her living history horse trek with the American Mountain Men into an authentic modern-day rendezvous. Learn about this fascinating era during a lively evening!

Perri Knize, of Helena, Mont., is a long-time public lands policy reporter who has written for National Geographic, The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. She taught journalism at the University of Montana and has served as a writing coach in the Missoula public schools. She is the author of Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey and is at work on a novel set in the Rendezvous era.

Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust and private donations.

All programs in the Summer Interpretive Series start at 7 p.m. and are held at the West Shelter of Frenchtown Pond State Park on select Saturdays from June to August. The Summer Interpretive Series offers an array of unique interpretive programs lead by local experts. All programs in the series are free, open to the public, and great for all ages.

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