Date: April 30, 2009
Contact: Ann Boucher (406) 896-5011
Pompeys Pillar National Monument Opens May 4
Interpretive Programs Scheduled
Billings--Pompeys Pillar National Monument will open for the season on Mon., May 4. The historic site is 25 miles east of Billings off Interstate 94. Admission is $7 per vehicle.
Three special interpretive programs are scheduled in June. On June 13 at 11 a.m., Dakota Goodhouse will present an interactive program called “Parfleche: Native American Boxes.” Children and adults alike are invited to create a parfleche envelope of their own during this 40 minute presentation.
On June 13 at 1 p.m., Goodhouse will present “Wintercount: Traditional Calendar of the Plains.” A wintercount will be on display, as well as flutes and a U.S. scout uniform. Goodhouse is the chief of interpretation at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park near Mandan, N.D.
On June 27 at 2 p.m., Mary Ellen Ergle will tell of her adventures collecting and preserving specimens of the same plants that Lewis and Clark found on their expedition. She will also discuss the role that Lewis and Clark played as pioneering naturalists. Ergle is a ranger with the National Park Service at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
Pompeys Pillar National Monument will be open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 4 through May 22, and then 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 23 through Sept. 7. From Sept. 8 through Oct. 9, the site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although the interpretive center will close for the season Oct. 9, visitors may still walk in to the site during daylight hours.
The $7 per vehicle admission fee covers all occupants and is charged from May 4 to October 9 when full services are provided. Interagency passes will also be honored. Daily fees and/or interagency season and senior passes may be purchased on-site or at the Information Access Center at the Bureau of Land Management Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, in Billings. Fees are returned to the site to provide extra services for the public.