Date: July 8, 2008
Contact: Ann Boucher (406) 896-5011
Visit the “Remarkable Rock” During Clark Days
at Pompeys Pillar National Monument
The annual Clark Days celebration will take place at Pompeys Pillar National Monument July 26-27.
Free admission begins at 5 p.m. July 26 and continues through 5 p.m. July 27. Both RV and tent camp spots will be available on Saturday night, July 26, but no hook-ups are available. Rangers will be on duty all night.
“This event offers top notch activities for families,” said Dick Kodeski, monument manager. “Music, speakers, dancers and other activities all recall the period of Clark’s visit and the history of this location along the Yellowstone River. This is one of the finest family events in the area.”
A pancake breakfast for $4 is available on Sunday morning from 7 - 9 a.m., followed by a lunch of buffalo burgers for $6 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday’s program includes a presentation by Kenneth Thomasma, author of a series of books called “Amazing Indian Children” and the non-fiction book, “The Truth about Sacajawea.” The U.S. Treasury Department used Thomasma’s book to help develop the Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin. Thomasma will have coins available during his presentation. He will also talk about his book, “Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran.”
The interpretive center, gift shop, and grounds will be open until 8 p.m. both days.
The interpretive center houses displays on the people of the area prior to the arrival of William Clark, the story of Clark’s return journey along the Yellowstone, and the evolution of the area after his visit.
Pompeys Pillar National Monument is located 28 miles east of Billings along I-94 at Exit 23. It marks the site of the “remarkable rock” described by Captain William Clark in his journal that compelled the captain and members of his party to go ashore. “It provided an extensive view in every direction,” he wrote. Clark signed the rock on July 25, 1806. The annual Clark Days event commemorates that famous visit with programs and activities for all ages.
Clark Days is sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and the Pompeys Pillar Historical Association. The association was organized in 1991 in cooperation with BLM to assist and advance the historical, scientific, educational and interpretative programs at Pompeys Pillar. The BLM manages the landmark and its surrounding acreage, and association members provide volunteer support. Pompeys Pillar was designated a national monument in 2001.
A schedule of events follows.
2008 Clark Days Schedule of Events
Free admission to Pompeys Pillar National Monument from July 26 at 5 p.m. to July 27 at 5 p.m.
July 26, 2008
Free tent or RV camping Saturday night. Park rangers will be on duty all night.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Nature Walk
6:30-7:30 p.m. Whatever Happened to Baby Pomp?
7:30-8:30 p.m. Early History of the Pillar
8:30-9:30 p.m. The Pryor Story
10:30-11:45 p.m. The Night Sky
Sunday--July 27, 2008
6 a.m. Guided bird walk
7-9 a.m. Pancake breakfast; $4
10 a.m. Elk River Brigade Color Guard
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buffalo burgers; $6
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Southbound Band
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Programs and displays: canoes; firearms; blacksmithing; travois; Metis; mountain man; animals and Clark on the Yellowstone; medical practices; Clark’s expedition maps; Following Clark’s Trail, trade goods; live buffalo; storytelling; Lewis and Clark cooking; stamp camp; children’s booth; Yellowstone River history; flinting; art of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kenneth Thomasma signs books and visits (author of The Truth about Sacajawea and Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food of the Trail with Teri Evenson. Sample buffalo, jerky, molasses bread, nuts, and more.
Presentations on Sunday -- Main Stage Area
1-2 p.m. Kenneth Thomasma talks about Sacajawea and Naya Nuki
2-3 p.m. John LeVar--The Mystery of Clark and the Crow Indians
3-5 p.m. Crow Indian dancers