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Join us for the premiere of the PBS Documentary on Evelyn Cameron
August 19 & 20, 2005, Terry, Montana.

Evelyn’s captivating life is the subject of a Montana PBS documentary, which will be released this summer. The Premiere of the documentary will take place in Terry, Montana on August 19, 2005. Those who take in the Premiere will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of other events on August 19th and 20th to celebrate Evelyn Cameron’s life and Prairie County’s rural lifestyle.

Events of the Two Day Celebration include:

Events on Friday, August 19, 2005

Donor Reception-August 19, 2005 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Murn Park, Terry, MT

VIP guests include-John Twiggs, Donna Lucey, Karen Stevenson, Bart Freese 

Catered hors d’oeuvres with wine

Memento Gift-5X7 matted Cameron reproduction in bag

Auction of 3 to 8 Cameron original items

Childcare available during reception at Bolin School

Reservations Needed

Tickets/Contribution—$40 single / $75 couple, includes film

Film Premiere—August 19, 2005 7:30 pm; Terry High School Gym, Terry, MT

Handicapped accessible

Duration, approx 1 hr

Tickets—$8 adults for film only; $6 Kids 6—12; Included with Donor Reception Ticket

Events Available on Saturday August 20, 2005

Early morning badlands hike—Guide by Lum Latimer. Easy 4 mile hike to offer photo opportunity; Leave about 6:30 or 7:00 am

Tour of Janet Williams Home—Saturday 2pm – 8 pm Highlights Cameron items within home. 

Donna Lucey—45 minute slide show presentation followed by book signing – 2:00 pm at Stockman Bank

Grave Site viewing—This will be done for both Evelyn Cameron and Janet Williams

Museum and Gallery—Will be open on Friday & Saturday 

Karen Stevenson—Chautauqua performance. Saturday – 11:00 am at the Fairgrounds

For more information:  www.evelyncameron.com


July 30, 1806     William Clark     (Badlands)

". . . this rapid I call Bear rapid from the circmstance of a bears being on a rock in the Middle . . . I callit Yorks bry R (Custer Creek) . . . I observe great quantities of red Stone thrown out of this river that & from the appreance of the hills at a distance on its lower Side induce me to call this red Stone river. By coincidence I I found the Indian name Wah ha Sad (Powder River). 

Golden river. The Yellowstone River or Rochejohne as Clark wrote it in his diary looks much the same today as it did in 1806.

July 31, 1806     William Clark

 "I was much disturbed last night by the noise of the buffalow which were about me.  One gang swam the river near our Camp which alarmed me a little for fear of their Crossing our Canoes and Splitting them to pieces . . . passed a rapid which I called Wolf rapid from the circumstances of one of those animals being at the rapid . . . great quantities of Coal or carbonated wood it to be seen in every Bluff and in the high hills at a distance on each side . . . this Stream I call Oak-tar-pon-er or Coal River." (O'Fallon Creek)

Terry Badlands The beauty of the Terry badlands is visible from Scenic Butte and the Calypso Trail. Some of the badlands are privately owned so please get permission from the landowner before traveling in this area.

The Lower Yellowstone River runs through Prairie County much as it did when Clark floated it in 1806.  Terry, the county seat of Prairie County, is nestled between the Yellowstone River and Interstate 94 and offers easy access to the river that Clark and his men explored and mapped.  One such access is at the Powder River Depot located about 8 miles west of Terry on Old Highway 10.  This location also played a part in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn where one mortally wounded soldier, Private George, was buried in a marked grave.  Scout Brockmeyer, who was killed while trying to retrieve some supplies from the Depot late that same summer is also buried there.

History abounds in Terry and Prairie County.  With the coming of Clark through the Lower Yellowstone, eventually homesteaders started arriving in the new territory.  In the 1880's Lady Evelyn Cameron and her husband Ewen moved to the new country.  Lady Cameron was enthralled with her new country and as a way to help support them, began to take pictures of everyday life with a 5X7 Graflex camera.  Her pictures included river crossings, people working, the badlands, and the animals.  A collection of her photographs is located in Terry at the Cameron Gallery.  Admission is free.  The book "Photographing Montana 1894-1928, the Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron" shares her pictures and the diary accounts of her daily life in Prairie County.

Terry also hosts the Prairie County Museum housed in the Old State Bank of Terry.  This beautiful building still has the original marble floors and paneling, fine woodwork, and lovely glass.  The museum has grown to include four more buildings including the Cameron Gallery, a brick outhouse, a caboose, and an original homesteader's cabin recently relocated to the museum ground.  The Prairie County Museum is opened from Memorial Day through Labor Day, six days a week, Wednesday through Monday but closed on Tuesday.

The Yellowstone River and Prairie County is the heart of agate country.  The Montana Moss Agate can be found along the river, the creeks and nearby hills for those lucky enough to recognize it in its raw form.  It is the claim of geologists that the spots were caused by infinitely minutes seams and fissures in the softer part of the rock being filled with metallic oxides when the world was young.  These oxides make four distinct colors that go to from various combinations of colors when blended together, or only appear in single colors in one rock.  The red color is oxide of iron, the green is oxide of copper and the blue is oxide of nickel.  This theory had been elaborated by the use of modern high power microscopes, which show the tracings of little canals that once admitted water containing one or more of these metals in liquid form.  The water dried out, the canals closed so the naked eye could not detect them, but the oxides remained, staining the rock in wonderful designs.  The fern like and branch effects of trees, grass and shrubbery come from the fact that these tiny canals, the rock bane flawed through shrinkage while passing through a period of evaporation which according to scientists has taken more than three million years to reduce the stone to seven parts of hardness.  Local artists who use agates harvested from the Yellowstone River produce agate jewelry that may be purchased in local Terry businesses.

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