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March 7, 2016

Contact: Jim Argo
Fort Washita, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-924-6502

Fort Washita to Host Fur Trade Rendezvous

DURANT, Okla. — Fort Washita will host a Fur Trade Rendezvous from Wednesday, March 30, through Sunday, April 3. This is a living history event reminiscent of a fur trade rendezvous that was the center of commerce on the early western frontier. Visitors can expect to see trappers representing the far northwest mountain areas to the desert southwest, as well as traders with French and Spanish influence. The rendezvous will include instructive programs in customs, survival skills and lifestyles of the period. Living history interpreters will showcase historical music, and food vendors will be on site.

“School Days” are scheduled for Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1. Students will travel through the camps where reenactors will explain life on the frontier in the early nineteenth century. Visit Fort Washita and experience the sights, sounds and smells of history. There is no charge for school buses. There is a $5 per car fee for others visiting the Fur Trade Rendezvous, with all proceeds benefitting preservation projects at Fort Washita. Please call 580-924-6502 for more information. Fort Washita was established in 1842 in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, as the southwestern-most military post of the United States. A National Historic Landmark, Fort Washita is located at 3348 State Rd. 199 in Durant.

Fort Washita is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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