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The Wild West, Artist Charles M. Russell, and the Plains Indians

Program Number: 1650RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/21/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Price starting at: $625.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; Native American Studies
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Ursuline Retreat, Conference Centre and Museum.



Montana, The 1800's: The Wild West

Through firsthand characterizations, historian Dugan Coburn presents an account of Montana's early wild ways and wild days. He brings to life three illustrious and historical folk heroes with period dress and tools of their lifestyle.



Legacy Of Cowboy Artist Charles M. Russell

Study the art, life and times of colorful cowboy artist CM Russell and how the wild west impacted his art. Field trip to the Russell Museum containing 11,000 paintings and spend an afternoon at historic Fort Benton, the Little Chicago of the plains.



Customs Of The Blackfeet Nation And Plains Indians

Enhance your knowledge of Plains Indians with presenter Don Fish, a member of the Blackfeet Nation. Study Native ceremonies, rituals, traditions and beliefs such as Sweat Lodges and dances. Experience field trips to the largest buffalo jump in the U.S., the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, the C. M. Russell Museum, Ulm Pishkun Buffalo Jump, a Gates of the Mountains Boat cruise, a concert in the park, and a visit to a Hutterite Colony.




Great Falls

The Missouri River city of Great Falls, an eastern gateway to Glacier Park and just a four hour drive from Yellowstone, is rich in the state’s natural and historic resources. An important stop for the Corp of Discovery, the city now hosts the impressive Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.



Accommodations
Retreat center on National Register of Historic Places offers quiet rooms with sink, standard shared baths with private shower.
Meals and Lodgings
   Ursuline Centre
  Great Falls, MT 6 nights
 Ursuline Centre
Type: Other
  Description: Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
  Contact info: 2300 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401 USA
phone: 406-452-8585
  Room amenities: Private and semiprivate rooms with sink in each room.
  Facility amenities: RV park with showers, bathrooms, dining hall and classrooms on site. All meals included. Level parking area for self-contained RV's. Electrical hookups and water available. Nearby dump station.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Standard shared baths with private shower & toilet facilities.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $24 Private $34 Double Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations
  Additional nights after: $24 Private $34 Double Contact Ursuline Centre for reservations
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 2-4 pm You will be staying at Ursuline Centre that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Saturday You will be staying at Ursuline Centre the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Great Falls, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Helena, Montana
  Nearest highway: Interstate 15 is the main access to Great Falls
  Nearest airport:  Great Falls International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Great Falls, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Great Falls International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ursuline Centre will pick up
phone: 406-452-8585

 
Driving Directions
  Driving from the north, south, east or west Arriving on Interstate 15 from the south or Highway 200 from the west: Take the 10th Avenue South exit. Travel east on 10th Ave S until the intersection of 15th Street (highway 87). Turn left onto 15th Street (one way) and travel north to Central Avenue (10 blocks). Turn right onto Central Avenue and proceed east to 23rd Street. Ursuline Centre is on the right, large 5 story brick building. Turn right into Ursuline drive way. Enter building in the front or the back on the east side of the building (closest to the drive way. Arriving from the north on Highway 87: Highway 87 becomes 14th Street (one way). Travel southbound on 14th street until the intersection of Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central Avenue and proceed east for 9 blocks to 23rd street. Ursuline Centre is a 5 story brick building on the right. Turn right into the Ursuline drive way. Enter the building either in the front or the back on the east side of the building (closest to the driveway) Arriving from the east on Highway 89: Highway 89 becomes 10th Avenue South. Continue west bound on 10th Avenue South until the intersection of 26th Street. Turn right onto 26th Street (one way) travel north on 26th Street 10 blocks to the intersection of Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central Avenue and proceed 2 blocks. Ursuline Centre is on the left, a 5 story brick building. Turn left into the Ursuline drive way. Enter the building either in the front or the back on the east side of the building (closest to the drive way)
Elevation Note: 3100 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: check in between 2-4 pm/Dinner 5:00-6:00 pm/ Orientation 6:15 pm/ Tour of Ursuline Centre 7:15 pm
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Arrive To: Welcome/orientation/dinner Welcome to your "home away from home" for the next 7 days. Journey through a walk back in time as you marvel at the antique furnishing, marble staircase and paintings from another century. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Ursuline Centre is an architectural treasure in the Northwest. Built in 1912 as a grade school, high school and boarding school for girls by the Ursuline Sisters who settled in Montana in 1884 from Toledo, Ohio.
 Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline Centre
 Evening: Orientation & Tour of the Historic Ursuline Centre and Museum
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: AM Classes/(Don Fish) Basic Religious Concepts of the Plains Indians" (Don Fish) "Past and Present Ceremonies of the Plains Indians"
(Monday, June 16)

Note: Field Trip to Fort Benton, Montana and to the Great Falls of the Missouri



   
 Breakfast: AM Classes (Don Fish) "Basic Religious Concepts of the Plains Indians" (Don Fish) "Past and Present Ceremonies of the Plains Indians"
 Lunch: sack lunch en route on Field Trip to Fort Benton
 Afternoon: In the early 1800's Fort Benton was referred to as the "Little Chicago of the Plains". We will spend an afternoon to visit the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center, Smithsonian Buffalo Exhibit, Fort Benton Trading Post & walk on the historic Missouri River Levee. Depart from the Grand Union Hotel, the finest accommodations between Minneapolis and Seattle, which hosted the rich and famous during the "golden years" of the 1800's. Also experience the Great Falls of the Missouri and re-live the experiences of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they portaged their six pirogues and their gear around four falls. The portage lasted one month and covered eighteen miles.
 Dinner: At Ursuline Centre
 Evening: Open
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: AM Classes: (Don Fish) "Blackfeet Nation Yesterday and Today" (Richard Matoon) "The Life and Art of Charles M. Russell"
(Tuesday, June 17)

Note: Field Trip: First Peoples Buffalo Jump



   
 Breakfast: (Don Fish) "Blackfeet Nation Yesterday and Today" (Richard Matoon) "The Life and Art of Charles M. Russell"
 Lunch: at Ursuline Centre
 Afternoon: Field Trip to First Peoples Buffalo Jump. The largest Buffalo Jump site in the United States. The American Bison dominated the landscape and shaped the lives of the people who lived in its presence. For thousands of years people have gathered here to celebrate and to feast. Experience this means of survival through the eyes of your Blackfeet guide, Don Fish
 Dinner: at Ursuline Centre
 Evening: (Don Fish) "Music and Dance of the Plains Indians"
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: AM Classes/Class:(Dugan Coburn) "Meet Sheheke: Chief of the Mandan Village" (Dugan Coburn) "Tools of the Lewis and Clark Trip (Richard Matoon) "The Life and Art of Charles Russell"
(Wednesday, June 18)

Note: Field Trip to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center



   
 Breakfast: Classes:(Dugan Coburn) "Meet Sheheke:Chief of the Mandan Village" (Dugan Coburn) "Tools of the Lewis and Clark Trip
 Lunch: at Ursuline Centre
 Afternoon: Class: (Richard Matoon) "The Life and Art of Charles Russell. Field Trip: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. An interactive re-creation of the epic journey of Lewis & Clark from St. Charles, Missouri to their ultimate goal, the Pacific shores. View the canoes and supplies needed to make this remarkable journey of discovery and their 30 day portage of the Great Falls of the Missouri River.
 Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline
 Evening: Field Trip to Hutterite Colony. Learn how this communal life was formed and how it co-exists with our modern society. View the latest in farming technology. Visit their cattle, hogs, chicken and turkey operations, their private school that is part of the Public School system, their homes and their Chapel. The tour is conducted by Colony members.
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: AM Classes/(Dugan Coburn) "Meet George Droulliard: Hunter for Lewis and Clark" (Dugan Coburn) "Roster of Lewis and Clark or Medicine of the Trail"
(Thursday, June 19)

Note: Field Trip to Charles Russell Museum



   
 Breakfast: AM Classes:(Dugan Coburn) "Meet George Droulliard: Hunter for Lewis and Clark" (Dugan Coburn) Roster of Lewis and Clark or Medicine of the Trail
 Lunch: Lunch at Ursuline
 Afternoon: Field Trip to the C. M. Russell Museum & Log Studio. View the largest collection of Charles M. Russell paintings and bronzes in the Museum's permanent collection. It is also home to the Browning Firearms Collection. Tour Charlie's original log studio that still contains many of the artist's personal collection of art supplies, furnishings and original works of art: Presenter Richard Matoon
 Dinner: Dinner at Ursuline
 Evening: Field Trip: Giant Springs Nature walk. 1/2 mile of flat terrain: visit Rainbow Dam and Crooked Falls. Presenter: Georges De Giorgio
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: AM Class/(Richard Matoon) "Charlie Russell and the Open Range" Road Scholar Appreciation Dinner
(Friday, June 20)

Note: Field Trip to the Gates of the Mountains



   
 Breakfast: Class: (Richard Matoon) "Charlie Russell and the Open Range"
 Morning: Field Trip: A pivotal point in the Lewis & Clark journey. A time to turn around or a time to press forward. See for yourself, as you take a scenic boat tour up the mighty Missouri River. What would you have done? Limestone cliffs rise to a spectacular height of 1200 feet. "In many places," wrote Meriwether Lewis, "the rocks seem ready to tumble on us. At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near." Many of Montana's big game animals reside here.
 Lunch: We will be stopping at a picturesque picnic area to share the lunch our kitchen has prepared for us. This is about mid point of our travel to "The Gates of the Mountains". After arriving at the marina, we will spend the afternoon "on the water" enjoying our relaxing 2 hour boat trip allowing us to experience "The Gates of the Mountains" in all their beauty.
 Dinner: When we arrive home, our kitchen staff will have prepared a warm and hearty dinner in thanksgiving for this time spent together, making new friendships and sharing memories of the adventures of the week.
   
Accommodations: Ursuline Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast and departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


A Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles M Russell


Author: Karl Yost


Captain Lewis Explores the Rocky Mountain Front


Author: R.W. Gustafson


Description: Lewis & Clark journey. Author R.W. lives in Montana



Charles M Russell Word Painter: Letters 1887-1926 Amon Carter Museum


Author: Brian Dippie


Charles M Russell: Paintings of the Old American West


Author: Louis Chapin


Dry Rain


Author: Pete Fromm


Description: A series of short stories. Pete is from Great Falls and has won the Booksellers award for this title and for his book titled Indian or Crow Tales.



Indian or Crow Tales


Author: Pete Fromm


Description: Pete is from Great Falls and has won the Booksellers award for this title along with his book titled Dry Rain.



Memories of Old Montana


Author: Con Price


Montana: A History of Two Centuries


Author: Malone and Roeder


Description: A good overall view of Montana history.



Sacajawea


Author: Anna Lee Waldo


Description: This is a 1000 page novel, the first half is factual, the second half is highly speculative regarding what might have happened to her in her later years.



Stay Away Joe


Author: Dan Cushman


Description: A book about reservation life after World War II. This was made into a Broadway play.



The Charles M Russell Book


Author: Harold McCracken


The Fur Trade on the Upper Missouri 1840-1865


Author: John Sunder


Description: This is from the University of Oklahoma and was published in 1965.



The Last Best Place


Author: William Kittredge


Description: An anthology of poetry, short stories, Pioneer and Indian stores, journals of exploration ranging from early days to contemporary times. An excellent overview of the state's literature.



The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson


Author: David Boorstein


The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West, new edition


Author: John Lewis, ed


The West


Author: Ken Burns


Trails I Rode: Memories of Old Cowboy Days and Charlie Russell


Author: Con Price


Undaunted Courage


Author: Stephen Ambrose


Description: This is an interesting book about Lewis and Clark.



York: The Slave Who Helped Explore America


Author: R.W. "Rib" Gustafson


Description: The Lewis and Clark journey. Author R.W. lives in Montana



any title


Author: James Welch


Description: A brilliant writer of contemporary fiction. Writes of the modern day Native American and the problems they have and the way they deal with them. Another writer whose imagery is excellent.





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