Three Forks (Mont.) Lewis and Clark Observances Collection, 1945-1957  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Three Forks (Mont.) Lewis and Clark Observances Collection
Dates
1945-1957
Quantity
5 folders
Collection Number
Collection 0828, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Three Forks Lewis and Clark Observances Collection consists of one anonymous notebook, with typed leaves pasted on its pages that describes the origins of the Bert Hansen pageant, names of early actors, and some incidents which occurred during its 1950s-era performances. Also included are two separate bound copies of photocopied pageant scripts written by Bert Hansen are in the collection. Completing the collection are a folder of newspaper clippings describing the pageant, and another containing broadsides and programs from Lewis and Clark expedition observances from 1945 through the 1950s.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Three Forks, Montana community hosted several Lewis and Clark expedition observances and outdoor pageants in their town and at the nearby Missouri Headwaters State Park during the 1940s and 1950s. As early as 1945 the town sponsored a rodeo, street dance and barbeque. Planning for the first outdoor dramatic pageant had its origin in the founding of the Three Forks chapter of the American Pioneer Trails Association in 1947 with Ray Bacon as president. The organization continued to assist with the summertime parades and rodeos, but in 1950, with the assistance of Professor Bert B. Hansen of Montana State University in Missoula (now known as the University of Montana) a pageant was staged to commemorate the journey of Lewis and Clark for the first time. Hansen continued his involvement with the pageant until 1957, writing scripts and directing the cast of actors, animals, and musicians for each summer's show. The performances took place each summer, with the exception of 1954, and the scripts used were variously titled "Corridor to an Empire," "Two Captains West," "Louisiana Purchase Explored," "Outward Bound," and "Homeward Bound."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Three Forks Lewis and Clark Expedition observances collection consists of one anonymous notebook, with typed leaves pasted on its pages, describing the origins of the Bert Hansen pageant, names of early actors, and some incidents which occurred during its 1950s-era performances. Two separate bound copies of photocopied pageant scripts written by Bert Hansen are in the collection, one untitled and undated and the other, combining the scripts of "Outward Bound" and "Homeward Bound," as performed in 1955. A folder of newspaper clippings describing the pageant, and another containing broadsides and programs from Lewis and Clark expedition observances from 1945 through the 1950s complete the collection.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Notebook
1/2 Untitled script
1/3 Outward Bound, Homeward Bound 1955
1/4 Newspaper clippings 1947-1957
1/5 Broadsides, programs 1945-1955

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pageants
  • Pageants -- Montana -- Three Forks
  • Personal Names :
  • Hansen, Bert B.
  • Hansen, Bert B.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) -- Drama
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana -- Three Forks
  • Three Forks (Mont.) -- History -- Drama
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Broadsides (notices) -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Clippings (information artifacts) -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Drama
  • History
  • Programs (documents) -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Scripts (documents) -- Montana -- Bozeman
  • Other Creators :