Crazy Horse descendant, noted historians speak at MCHM program during upcoming Custer Week

Monroe County Historical Museum presents an excellent weekend of historical programming in conjunction with the city’s annual Custer Week. For further information, contact David Ingall, MCHM assistant director at 734 240-7782

  • Donovin Sprague, educational director of the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota will be the headlining speaker on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Mr. Sprague, a direct descendent of the legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (where George Custer and his men met their demise), will present Hump and Crazy Horse at the Little Big Horn and Major Events in Lakota History. The acclaimed Native American author’s presentation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the River Raisin Center for Performing Arts, 114 S. Monroe Street, Monroe (next to Monroe County Historical Museum).

Oct 3, 1-2 p.m.

  • Renowned Custer historian and author Sandy Barnard of Wake Forest, North Carolina will present Custer Battlefield: Then and Now on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 1 p.m. The hour long presentation will be held at the Monroe County Historical Museum.

Oct 3, 2:30-5 p.m.

  • The annual Southeast Michigan Civil War Roundtable will host several Civil War presentations following Barnard’s talk. Howell Civil War historian David Finney will present Custer at Gettysburg in Paintings. Robert Robards, formerly a Captain of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade will discuss the 7th Cavalry’s Equipment at the Little Big Horn. A panel discussion on Custer related topics follow along with an audience Q & A session.

Oct 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

  • Custer at Appomattox Courthouse and the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia will be presented by General George Armstrong Custer as portrayed by acclaimed living historian Steve Alexander following dinner at the Monroe VFW Post located at 1138 Jones Avenue, Monroe. The $15 fee covers dinner and guest speaker. Advance registration required.  Call David Ingall at 734 240-7782 to make reservations.

More information:

MCHM Custer programming press release

http://www.co.monroe.mi.us//government/departments_offices/museum/docs/Custer_Week_PRESS_RELEASE_2009_pdf.pdf

MCHM Custer programming official brochure

http://www.co.monroe.mi.us//government/departments_offices/museum/docs/Custer_Program_pdf.pdf

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