The History of the Bozeman Trail Comes to Life
A reenactment of the Wagon Box Fight in 2017.
Wyoming PBS and the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association will host two screenings of the locally produced documentary, “The Bozeman Trail: A Rush to Montana’s Gold.”
The film’s producer and director Tom Manning has planned, penned, and produced a wide variety of informational, educational, and historical, wildlife and entertainment programs for Wyoming PBS, The Discovery Channel, and Montana PBS. His recent productions include “Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of ’49” as well as “100 Years on the Lincoln Highway.” Manning currently resides in Bozeman, Montana.
The production employs narration interwoven with interviews with historians and other experts, including Sheridan resident Mary Ellen McWilliams. Archival photographs, artwork, and historic re-creations bring the history to life. Filming took place at Fort Laramie and Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, and Bannack and Virginia City in Montana.
The screenings are scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffalo High School, and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Sheridan College’s Whitney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
Light snacks will be served and a panel discussion with producer Tom Manning will follow the screenings.