April/May 2009

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From Fort Laramie Historical Association

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Fort Laramie Cavalry Barracks in Spring! 03.27.09

175th Anniversary of Fort William

June 19 - 21, 2009

At Fort Laramie National Historic Site

I'd like to invite you to the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Fort William! And where is Fort William, you might ask?? Well, no one knows the exact location, but way back in 1834, William Sublette and Robert Campbell constructed a 80' x 100' cottonwood log stockade at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. This structure became Fort William and dominated the Central Rocky Mountain fur trade. In 1841, the American Fur Company, new owners of Fort William built a new bigger, better fort which they named Fort John. Fort Laramie is now the crowning fort to occupy the land at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers.

During the celebration you will have an abundance of opportunities to learn everything there is to know about Fort William and the fur trade era. You'll be able to step back in time to our Living History Camp where re-enactors in period clothing will look as if they were camping outside of old Fort William. There will also be various formal presentations by authors and historians where you can learn every aspect of the period. For those of you who love birds, John Kirk Townsend 1809-1851you'll enjoy our Bird Walk-- John Kirk Townsend came through the area where Sublette and Campbell were building Fort William and did extensive recording of the birds in the area. The "walk" will follow in the footsteps of Townsend's 1834 expedition. And for the kids, there will be a Cache hunt-- a treasure hunt of sorts that is guaranteed to be tons of fun!! Music and a food vendor will round out this exciting weekend. Check out the National Park Service website for a complete schedule of events. You won't want to miss this exciting event so be sure to put it on your calendar! See you there!!

Fort William Commemorative Merchandise

Fort William Postcard $.40 or 4/$1.50

Fort William Postcard

Step back in time to the fur trade era with our brand new Fort William Postcard. This handsome postcard will be a great memento to send to friends and family or to frame and display for your own enjoyment!

Fort William Pin $2.95

For all you pin collectorsFort William Pin out there we have an awesome Fort William commemorative pin. It is an 1-1/8" tall, full-color enamel, die-struck lapel pin that says "Fort William" at the top and "175th Anniversary" across the bottom. Also included is an informative text card that gives the history of Fort William. At only $2.95 this one will be the best looking pins in your collection!!

Fort William Paper Model $3.95

Fort William Paper Model

Get your scissors and glue out because you'll want to be ready to assemble your own paper model of Fort William and display it for all to see! This high-quality paper model is designed by Scott Washburn of PaperTerrain.com. The detail is incredible and the finished product looks almost real!! Be the first one on your block to have your own Fort William!!

Fort William T-Shirt $14.95

Fort William T-Shirt

This handsome Fort William T-Shirt has the same graphic as our Fort William Postcard. The fabric is preshrunk, 100% cotton and comes in two great colors-- either Cardinal Red or Blue Dusk. Show everyone that you were there-- at the 175th Anniversary of Fort William!

Fort William Poster $19.95

Fort William Poster

This is a copy of Afred Jacob Millers painting of Fort William that we purchased the rights to from the Joslyn Museum in Nebraska. It is printed on a high quality, heavy weight, linen-embossed paper that looks absolutely awesome! Looks almost like it's on canvas!! Below the print it says "175th Anniversary of Fort William, 1834 - 2009, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming, National Park Service". One of these will make any wall look great!!

Fort William Wood Replica $19.95

Fort William Replica

And finally, we have a wood replica of Fort William. The full-color drawing is on a shaped, 3/4" compressed wood. On the back is information about Fort William.