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Press Release - Public Invited to Attend Military Experience on the Dakota Frontier Program

Contact: February 28, 2013
Erik Holland

Public Invited to Attend Military Experience on the Dakota Frontier Program

Bismarck—Steve Reidburn, site supervisor of the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston, ND, will present the “Military Experience on the Dakota Frontier” on March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Missouri River Special Event Center (lobby) of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. This is the second of the free 2013 Sensational Sundays programs offered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Reiburn will provide a basic chronological understanding of actions that brought the military to the frontier that became North Dakota. Reidburn will outline military movements in the 1860s, provide images of early military installations, and discuss the role Fort Buford played in the military’s support of white settlement in western North Dakota. He will introduce a few tidbits of preliminary research about African-American soldiers stationed at Fort Buford.

Reidburn’s understanding of the Dakota frontier military experience began as he was involved in re-enacting this time period, while serving as director of Fort Seward Interpretive Center. He was cast in the film Gettysburg as a background extra. He served as president of Frontier Army of the Dakota 20th Infantry and as a member of several reenactment groups. Thirty years of being a reenactor has given him intimate knowledge of the frontier military.

Upcoming Sensational Second Sunday presentations include “Sleuthing” on April 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Johnathan Campbell, site supervisor of the Former Governors’ Mansion and Camp Hancock historic sites, will introduce a creative new program. Using clues left in the Former Governors’ Mansion, Campbell will help the audience connect the evidence to better understand the mansion and experiences that have taken place within its walls.

Sensational Second Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, include lectures, concerts, movies and tours providing a wide array of educational, historic and cultural information and current research. For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of Education, at 701.328.2792 or

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