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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 16, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

"Rendezvous and Educational Mountainman Days" at WHTC

Learn about lives and daily routines of mountain men Sept. 22-25

DES MOINES – Visitors to the Western Historic Trails Center next week can learn about the lives and daily routine of mountain men who helped lead America’s migration west.

"Rendezvous and Educational Mountainman Days" will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22-25, 2011, at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The event is free and open to the public. WHTC has invited school groups and home school students to participate in the program 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22-23, 2011.

Presented in partnership with John "Lizard" Wilcox, "Mountainman Days" will offer demonstrations about beading, trapping, hawks, teepees, flint knapping and tanning. Historian, boatwright and educator Butch Bouvier will share insight on the pre-steam inland waterways, and his newest boat will be on exhibit as part of the program.

A list of “Mountainman” demonstrators and topics follows:

  • John "Lizard" Wilcox – "The True Mountainman"
  • Dean Slader – "18th and 19th Century Blacksmith"
  • Sharon "Moon Blossom" Ripke – Beading
  • Dave "Trapper" Hart – Trapping
  • Don Strinz – Teepees
  • Mark Peaarowski – Flint knapping
  • Richard Rose – Tanning
  • Butch "Mr. Keelboat" Bouvier – pre-steam inland waterways with his new boat on the water

Contact the Western Historic Trails Center at 712-366-4900 for more information.


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