Pioneer Trails Regional Museum
PTRM
 

PIONEER TRAILS REGIONAL MUSEUM

The museum is a regional research and repository for history from within 100 miles of Bowman, ND. We have departments active in Archaeological, Genealogical and Paleontological research as well as preservation collections relating to local history.

The museum is one of the major cultural centers in Bowman and the surrounding area. We routinely showcase local artistic talents, traveling displays and sponsor guest speakers on many topics. Check with the museum administration desk for the current schedule of events.

 

150th Anniversary of the James L Fisk Wagon Train, Fort Dilts and the Indian Engagements of 1864

Please join Pioneer Trails Regional Museum and the City of Bowman in commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the James L. Fisk Wagon Train, Fort Dilts and the Indian Engagements of 1864.  On Saturday, September 6th, several presenters will speak at the Four Seasons Pavilion starting at 9:00 am MDT. On Sunday, September 7th, reserve a spot on the bus tours that follow the Fisk Wagon Train route from the initial attack to the Fort Dilts site.

 

Click HERE to download the registration form, or copy and paste the following into your internet browser:

http://ptrm.org/data/upfiles/files/FT%20Dilts%20Registration%20Form.pdf

Print the form, and email or send the completed form to Pioneer Trails Regional Museum at ptrm@ptrm.org or

PO Box 78

Bowman, ND 58623

September 4, 2014 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Dilts in southwestern North Dakota.  Fort Dilts, as it became known as, was a hastily constructed earthen wall around a circled wagon train heading from Minnesota to the gold fields of Montana in 1864.  When crossing Deep Creek in southern Slope County the wagon train, under the direction of Captain James Liberty Fisk, was besieged by Indians.  These Indians, which included Sitting Bull, Gall and other leaders, just had their village and way of life destroyed by General Alfred Sully in his attack on them in the Killdeer Mountains in July 1864.

The skirmishes with the Indians began with the initial attack on the wagon train on September 2, 1864 and ended when the besieged wagon train was relieved by 900 soldiers sent out on foot from Fort Rice to rescue them on September 20, 1864.  Eleven soldiers and teamsters from the wagon train were killed as were about 50 Indians as a result of this encounter.  This was one of the five battles to occur in North Dakota during the Civil War.

To honor those participants on both sides of the confrontation at Fort Dilts in 1864, the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum in conjunction with the North Dakota State Historical Society and the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation will be presenting a program at the 4 Seasons Pavilion in Bowman, ND on Saturday, September 6 with topics relating to this time period.  Interpretive Bus Tours will also be given to the scene of the attack on Deep Creek and will follow the wagon train route to Fort Dilts on Sunday, September 7, 2014

The presentations on Saturday are free to the public, however, we do ask that interested individuals register for the event by contacting the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum at 701.523.3600 or visit our website at www.ptrm.org.  Early-bird registration deadline is August 15.

Weekend Events

Extended Museum Hours: Pioneer Trails Regional Museum 12 1st Ave NE, Bowman, ND 58623

September 5th – 9 AM – 6 PM

September 6th – 9 AM – 8 PM

September 7th – 7:30 AM – 6 PM

Friday, September 5th:

9AM – 6 PM……………………………Check-In, Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman, ND

Saturday, September 6th:

7 AM – 8:45 AM………………………Check-In, 4 Seasons Pavilion, Hwy 12 & S Main St, Bowman, ND

9:00 AM……………………………….Welcome, 4 Seasons

9:15 AM…………………….Introduction of Guests  Dean Pearson, President, Bowman County Historical Society 

9:30 AM………………………………..The Civil War in North Dakota

                                                              Diane Rogness, State Historical Society of North Dakota

10:30 AM………………………………Native American Landmarks and Plains Indian History

                                                            Dakota Goodhouse, United Tribes Technical College

11:30 AM………………………………The “Galvanized Yankees” at Fort Rice

                                                Doug Wurtz, President, North Dakota Archaeological Association    

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM…………………..Noon Meal  Available on Site

1:30 PM………………………….……..Fort Dilts…The Story Behind the Story

                                                              Dean Pearson, President, Bowman County Historical Society

2:30 PM…………………………………Life on the Plains: Use of Native Plants for Food and Medicine

                                                              Linda Different Cloud Jones, Sitting Bull College

4:30 PM…………………………………Closing Comments

                                                               Dan Peterson, Bowman American Legion Post

Sunday, September 7th:

No Parking Available at Fort Dilts Historical Site

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM……………………Interpretive Bus Tour of Fisk Wagon Train Route to Fort Dilts

                                                              Bus Loads at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

                                                               Limited Seating Available

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM..…………………....Interpretive Bus Tour of Fisk Wagon Train Route to Fort Dilts

                                                              Bus Loads at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum

                                                               Limited Seating Available

 

Click HERE to download the registration form, or copy and paste the following into your internet browser:

http://ptrm.org/data/upfiles/files/FT%20Dilts%20Registration%20Form.pdf

Print the form, and email or send the completed form to Pioneer Trails Regional Museum at ptrm@ptrm.org or

PO Box 78

Bowman, ND 58623