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Press Release - History Alive! Features Yellowstone Vic Smith at Fort Buford

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: August 9, 2012
Steve Reidburn
701.572.9034

History Alive! Features Yellowstone Vic Smith at Fort Buford State Historic Site

WILLISTON – Buffalo hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith will appear at Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston on Saturday, August 18, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Portrayed by Arch Ellwein in the popular History Alive! program, Yellowstone Vic Smith will discuss his life as a buffalo hunter, frontier scout and service as a hunting guide for the Marquis de Mores, a Dakota Territory entrepreneur.

The free History Alive! performances are part of the summer programs sponsored by the state's history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Ellwein is a touring actor/historian and Williston-Sidney area playwright and theater director. Yellowstone Vic Smith, born Victor Grant Smith (1850-1925), was a buffalo hunter, trapper, dispatch rider, scout and storyteller. He was hired as a hunting guide by the Marquis de Mores during the Marquis's time in Medora in Dakota Territory in the 1880s. During the winter of 1881-82, he reportedly killed more than 5,000 buffalo in southeastern Montana. In The Champion Buffalo Hunter The Frontier Memoirs of Yellowstone Vic Smith, Smith chronicled his encounters with outlaws, buffalo and bear hunts, Indian fights, and natural disasters, as well as such frontier personalities as Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota sponsors the History Alive! program to explore the lives and times of decades gone by. Character monologues, about 20 minutes in length, are based on original letters, diaries and other documents, many from the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

For more information, contact Fort Buford State Historic Site at 701.572.9034 or the State Historical Society of North Dakota at 701.328.2666, or visit www.history.nd.gov.

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