Post by Diane Merkel on Apr 10, 2007 19:59:00 GMT -5
It's too bad you can't be there later in the month and participate in the anniversary activities.
I would suggest you listen to the talk given by the interpreter before you start roaming around the battlefield. No matter how much you think you know, you will learn something or see something from a different perspective.
If you drive through Hardin, visit the Fort Custer General Store (great for souvenirs) and tell Charlene I said "hi!"
Thanks Diane. I will certainly do that. My son recently moved to Billings so I plan to visit the LBH on a regular basis. I've been there 3 times. The first was as a child in 1949 and I still remember it vividly.
Post by harpskiddie on Apr 13, 2007 19:24:20 GMT -5
I have no idea of your level of expertise, so can't be too specific. Read as much as you can before you go, including some of the threads here. Filter out the agendas and look for the theories and the facts presented [same with the books]. Make yourself some maps or copy some and make notes before you go. Take the mini bus tour offered by the Crows through the local College [it's relatively inexpensive and gets you to the important spots].
Then make your own tour, trying to envisage how what you've learned so far fits in with the terrain. Do as much of it on foot as you can. One caution [sorry Diane]. The park personnel often give the current "party line" as to what happened. Ditto the storyboards and the broadcast story. Try to make up your own mind, bearing all of this in mind.
Lastly - don't expect that you will come away after experiencing a "Eureka!!" moment. I'll bet you make plans to return next year. If you do, I'd be happy to meet you there [I'm not sure when, but I'll be there for a week in the summer - probably after the anniversary celebrations].
A word of advice: if you take pictures of the terrain, be sure to take time to write down the subject of each picture. The first time I was there, in the '70's, I was with my parents, who were being indulgent, and I felt too rushed to do this. So when I got the pictures developed, I found that I had a lot of shots of unidentifiable grass. Last year, I spent all day Sunday taking one shot at a time and stopping to write the details of each in a notebook, which then enabled me to make a captioned CD when I got home.
Melani, Thanks for the advise. I will document, document, document. I also think I am going back for the re-enactment. My son lives in Billings, and he is also interested in the Little Big Horn, and I can drink free beer. I'm pretty excited about it. Dave
What route are you planning to take? If you are going to go through Neb, perhaps you would like to swing by Crawford and see Ft. Robbinson...kinda neat, and then through Chadron to see Wounded Knee (about an hour or so north-eastof Chadron in SoDakota)...a nice side trip to sort of round out your vacation
Don't forget to visit the memorial dedicated to the Native American warriors, I attended the dedication and it was awesome. There was a buffalo feed and descendants of both soldiers and warriors together to heal a lot of pain.
I will be spending a day there on June 1. I have set aside the entire day to soak it up. If anyone has suggestions of how to get the most out of my time, I would appreciate it.
Look at the videos www.custerwest.org before you go there (I was there in 2002, it was just awesome. I put a flag for Custer that I had bought in Gettysburg). It can help you to understand the whole LBH case.
I was lucky to visit in October 2004. I must admit I left with more questions than answers. The sheer scale of the battlefield, the distance between units and the terrain! etc etc. As a result I had to totally revise my view of the battle
Personally I would advise any newbie visiting to spend a couple of days there, if possible.