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Kidz Kraft Saturdays! and other events planned at Fort Union

WILLISTON — Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, west of Williston, will hold its second season of Kidz Kraft Saturdays!

Every Saturday through Aug. 17, Fort Union will host a different activity or craft geared toward kids of all ages. Kids can enjoy these hands-on history activities and will learn a new skill or receive a take-home project.

Each of the Kidz Kraft activities are free, open to the public and open to all age levels. Most programs will take approximately one hour to complete. Proper adult supervision is required during the activities, and rangers will be available to answer any questions and assist during the activities as well.

Following is a schedule of events planned at Fort Union:

June 29 – Kurz Day: Visitors can learn about Rudolf Kurz and his sketches that helped inform the reconstruction of Fort Union and leave with a personal drawing of the fort. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT.

July 6 – Fort Building: Join special guest group LUGMonDak to view a model of Fort Union built by Lorren Loveless out of LEGO® bricks. Use your skills to build the fort or a building at the fort. (Note: LEGOs will not be taken home). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CT.

July 13 – Clerk Day: Cursive and Spencerian handwriting are skills that will be taught along with the daily life and duties of a clerk at Fort Union. Participants will get to take home a quill and practice pages. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CT.

July 20 -Bodmer Day: Participants will learn about Karl Bodmer, an artist who visited Fort Union, and create a landscape of the surrounding area. Participants will be able to take home their masterpiece. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT.

July 27 – Game Day: Participants can play board, card and physical games from the fur trade era. All ages and abilities are welcome. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CT.

Aug. 3-4 – Indian Arts Showcase and Powwow: Visitors can enjoy the traditional Indian crafts and powwow. (No individual craft on Aug. 3.)

Aug. 10 – News of the Era: Did you know that Fort Union had its very own newspaper? Participants can learn about the fort and events that happened at the fort and become a reporter for the Frontier Scout, then leave with an article on the “front page” of the Frontier Scout. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT.

Aug. 17 – Buffalo Hide Winter Count: This is the last Kidz Kraft of the season. Participants can learn how some Native tribes told their history and create a winter (or summer) count of their own. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CT

Park hours are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CDT daily. For more information about Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, visit its website at www.nps.gov/fous.

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