STORIES AND SONGS OF OLD FORT MEADE
July 3, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FRIDAY, JULY 3 AT 2 PM
THIS EVENT IS BOTH AT THE MUSEUM AND ONLINE. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOUR TICKET SELECTION.
LIVE THEATER: Visit The Journey Museum and Learning Center's Wells Fargo Theater to see the performance in person! Museum staff will seat viewers to match social distancing protocols. Limited to 40 guests.
ONLINE: View the performance from home as a Zoom webinar! Limited to 100 viewers.
Join Randy Bender for a reenactment of 1880s South Dakota!
Randy Bender shares the experiences of residents from Old Fort Meade's cemetery, as well as the story of how Fort Meade helped give our nation its National Anthem.
As Randy becomes four different characters, you will hear and experience different aspects of life on a frontier army post. Interspersed with the stories are military and popular songs from that era.
From patriotic to humorous, to tender and touching, these tales from Old Fort Meade help to make those frontier soldiers people we can relate to today. They are all people who either served at Fort Meade or lived in the area.
The names are:
*Peter Coleman; Farrier for Co. G, 1st US Cavalry
*Thomas Keogh; Destitute Civilian
*Private Charles McAnnich; Co. M, 13th US Cavalry
Col. Caleb Carlton; Commanding Officer 8th US Cavalry
*Buried in the Fort Meade National Cemetery, located at Fort Meade, South Dakota.
Visit the museum for an additional $12! We're open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Call 605-394-6923 or stop in to purchase museum admission.
For online viewers: after registering, you can submit questions ahead of time for Randy Bender to answer after his performance.
ABOUT RANDY BENDER
Randy Bender toured for 30 years with a repertory theater company, taking him to 49 states and eight foreign countries. In 2005 he returned home to the Black Hills. Since then, he has been involved in area community theater and served on the board of the Old Fort Museum and Historic Research Association. His love of theater and local history led him to develop different programs based on the lives of the men and women of the frontier army.