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Yankees, Rebels and Steamboats Collide in MHS Program

Friday, September 30, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645  Release: Receipt

                KEN ROBISON TALKS “YANKEES AND REBELS ON UPPER MISSOURI” AT MHS

                The Mighty Missouri brought Yankees and Rebels to Montana on steamboats to Fort Benton in the 1860s and history was left in its wake.

                Montana author Ken Robison will talk about his new book, “Yankees & Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace,” at the Montana Historical Society Thursday (Oct. 13) at 6:30 p.m.

                The migration transformed the Upper Missouri region from the isolation of the fur trade to the raucous gold rush days that kept the region in turmoil for decades. Robison recounts that history with dramatic episodes like the explosion of the riverboat Chippewa caused by a drunken crew member, the coming to Montana of Col. Everton Conger who led the capture of President Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth and many more.

                The new book is available in the MHS Museum Store, and Robison will be available to sign copies after the talk.

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