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2019 Hugh Glass Rendezvous

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Join us for the 5th Annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous on August 22-25, 2019 in Lemmon, SD as we remember the amazing story of Hugh Glass and his trek back to civilization. With the wealth of local history in Western South Dakota and the release of Hollywood’s take on Glass with Alejandro Iñárritu’s critically acclaimed The Revenant starring Leonardo Dicaprio there’s no better time to take a trip into the past.

Hugh Glass Rendezvous

The Hugh Glass Rendezvous commemorates the legendary fur trapper and frontiersman’s story. Hugh Glass led a storied life at the beginnings of the 19th century. In the summer of 1823, Glass as part of a fur trading party led by General Ashley, was attacked by a grizzly bear along the shores of the Grand River at a point somewhere south of present day Lemmon SD. He fought the grizzly to the death, eventually killing the animal. Badly wounded Glass was left in the care of fellow expedition members John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger till he either recovered or died while the expedition would move on. Though accounts vary on the specifics, Fitzgerald and Bridger abandoned Glass, either because they believed he was fatally wounded or because they were attacked by a Native American tribe and had to leave to escape.

Hugh Glass did not die that day however. Alone, removed of all his gear and supplies, Glass would make an astounding journey. Overcoming his wound, lack of equipment, nature and evading sometimes hostile Native Americans, Glass crawled most of the way back to Fort Kiowa, more than 200 miles away.

Hugh Glass Rendezvous Schedule (subject to change)
Thursday · 8:00am – 5:30pm – Set-Up Rendezvous Camp at Hugh Glass Recreation Area – Shadehill, SD | 6:30pm–8:30pm – Opening Ceremony & Reception at the Grand River Museum, Lemmon, SD | Special entertainment | Dessert bar featuring special selections, beverages, and more | Tickets $30/each (guests must present ticket for admission) Each ticket holder will receive a FREE Raffle Ticket which offers thousands of $$ of prizes!

Friday · 9:00am – 6:00pm – Open viewing of Hugh Glass Exhibit at Grand River Museum, Lemmon, SD | 9:00am – 4:00pm – Hugh Glass Youth Day for students. Educational experience for school tours. | All Day – Rendezvous at Hugh Glass Recreation Area – Shadehill, SD | Camping, cooking and other activities for Rendezvous participants dressed in period attire. | Black powder shoot and various contests | Throughout the day there will be demonstrations, contests, games & talks

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