Living History Day!

05/17/2023 - Living History Day!

Livingston: Living History Day at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum is Saturday, June 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Throughout the day, artisans demonstrate primitive arts: flint knapping, blacksmithing, Dutch Oven cooking, basket weaving, cordage making, water witching, and more on the museum grounds. A local sheep rancher is bringing lambs to the museum. Native American traditional games are available. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, which includes museum admission. Burgers and hot dog plates are available for purchase.


Participants thus far include: George Bryce and Bill McConnell are demonstrating the art of flint knapping. Martin Hildreth will demonstrate and interpret the traditional art of blacksmithing using the original Vink Blacksmith Shop forge and portable forges. Jack Reynolds will make miniature willow sculptures and cordage. Karen Reinhart will demonstrate willow basket weaving. Michael Keator is demonstrating the art of Dutch Oven cooking, and offering samples. Audrey Dodge demonstrates water witching or dowsing. Lorna Marchington is bringing lambs to the museum and interpreting the role of sheep ranching in Park County.

Visitors can experience a new traveling exhibit, Ice Patch Archaeology, curated by archaeologist Dr. Craig Lee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Montana State University, Bozeman. Yellowstone’s prehistory is revealed through ice-patch artifacts found on the Beartooth Plateau east of the park. The exhibit will be on display through September.

Donations to support the event are welcome and appreciated.

For more information, please contact Mark Brammer, Yellowstone Gateway Museum, 222-4184. Visit our website,, or find us on Facebook or Instagram where we’ll post event updates.

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