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Due to COVID-19 events may change. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


December 21st: 155th Anniversary of the Fetterman Battle. Meet at Fort Phil Kearny 10 am for introduction and battle background, then caravan to Fetterman Battlefield for a tour by Bob Wilson and Kearny's Frontier Regulars. There will also be a period weapon demonstration.


January 1st: First Day Hike! Kick the New Year off right with us as we bring back First Day Hikes on January 1 with a 1-mile easy hike around the parade grounds at 1pm and a difficult hike to Pilot Knob at 2pm. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided by the Bozeman Trail Association.


Date TBD: Performance by the Sheridan Cornet Band at Kearney Community Hall. Music of the 1860's-1880's, in particular music played by the 18th infantry.


Date TBD Guest Speaker: Aaron Brien

Aaron is the Crow Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, Big Lodge Clan, and Nighthawk Dance Society. He also is Instructor of Native American Studies and Tribal Historic Preservation, and a Field Archaeologist Specializing in Tribal Research

Sponsored by FPK/BTA

Free event at Kearney Community Hall


Date TBD History of Native American Languages and Introduction to the Arapaho Language: Presentations by Professor Andrew Cowell, University of Colorado, and an Arapaho Tribal Member.

The significance, history, and the cultural impact of Native Americans languages is as vast as the territory where they were once spoken.

About Professor Cowell: University of Colorado, Department of Linguistics, 2008-current; Chair, Department of Linguistics, 2015-current. One of his main research interests is the indigenous languages of the Western U.S., and he directs the Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the West (CSILW). He has published extensively on Arapaho, and also works on Gros Ventre, Cheyenne, and Miwok. His interests include both formal linguistics and linguistic anthropology, and he is also involved with language preservation work in the field of endangered languages. Read more about Arapaho Language  

Presentation on Ridgway Glover by Paula Richardson Fleming Photo Archivist, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 1970–2003.  “In June of 1866 a young Quaker photographer from New Jersey set out on the adventure of his life to photograph the American West. It was an adventure from which he would not return, but one that would inspire many scholars to hunt for his photographs – the earliest ever made of treaty negotiations in the field, and maybe just maybe, of Fort Phil Kearny,” Paula Richardson Fleming, Lookout Vol. 37. Ms. Fleming has authored several books including “North American Indians in Early Photographs" and “Grand Endeavors of American Indian Photography”.

October: Full Moon Fort we plan to resume in 2022

For more info on these events, please email fpkbta@gmail.com

Past 2021 Events:


August 12th Guest Speakers:  Dave McKee on the Bighorn Medicine Wheel

and Donovin Sprague "Lakota & Cheyenne History on the Bozeman Trail"

Free event at Kearney Community Hall

About the speakers:

Dave recently completed a 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeologist, tribal

liaison, and recreation program manager, working on the Medicine Bow, Black Hills, and

Bighorn National Forests.  He received a master's degree in anthropology with an emphasis in

plains archaeology from the University of Wyoming.

Dave served as the Bighorn National Forest liaison to the National Park Service and American Indian representatives in completion of the nomination for the Medicine Wheel /Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark which is a sacred landscape fo American Indians. The program will cover current management and preservation of the Landmark.  Dave is a member of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, president of the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trial Association, and co-chairman of the Bozeman National Historic Trail project. Dave and his wife Susan live in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Donovin Sprague was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and is a member of the Minnicoujou Lakota. He is a university instructor, author of ten books, a historian, and currently teaches history, political science including Wyoming Tribal History, American Indian History & Culture, Tribal Law, Treaties, & Government, and Plains Indian Art, among other courses at Sheridan College.  Donovin is on the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association Advisory Board and the Bozeman National Historic Trail Advisory Committee.

June 5th: Wagon Box Birding and Wildflower Walk with Bighorn Audubon - Thank you to all the participants on this wonderful annual walk. It was gorgeous! Special thanks to Mae Smith of Sheridan College, and Jennifer Williams, Dr. Jackie Canterbury, and Annie Dunn of Bighorn Audubon. After a brief history of the Wagon Box Battle was given, the walk commenced with over 40 species of plants observed, and fourteen species of birds including Broad-tailed Hummingbird and Violet-green Swallow.


June 24th: Guided Tour of Fort Phil Kearny at 6pm; Sponsored by the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association.Walking guided tour of the Fort Phil Kearny grounds on June 24th at 6pm led by local historian Bob Wilson, former curator, interpreter, and superintendent at Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. Bob's tours and in-depth knowledge of the fort and associated events are unparalleled. No reservations are needed. Tour will last about 1.5 hours. State fees apply ($4.00 Wyoming residents, and $8 non-residents; children under 18 free)

July 12th: Book signing with Jerry Enzler, author of "Jim Bridger, Trailblazer of the American West" 6 pm at Kearney Hall, 4444 Highway 87, Banner, WY.

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site and Fort Phil Kearny / Bozeman Trail Association will host
“Conversation and Book Signing” with Jerry Enzler, author of Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the
American West. This free public event will be held on Monday, July 12th at 6 pm at Kearney Hall, 4444 Highway 87, Banner, WY. The author's presentation will focus on Bridger’s time serving as a guide for the Bozeman Trail. Conversation and discussion with the author are welcome during this event.


From Candy Moultan, author and Wyoming native:
“Jim Bridger's story is as big as the West he called his home, and now we have a biography that captures all the nooks and crannies, nuances and tales of Bridger. Just as Bridger left no area unexplored, biographer Jerry Enzler has left no stone unturned in writing Bridger’s life story. Following the iconic frontiersman’s archival trail from his 1804 birth in Virginia to his 1881 death in Missouri, Enzler delivers a comprehensive account in Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West.” (Dust cover, Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West)