2024 National Fur Trade Symposium

National Fur Trade Symposium
1824 The Eve of Rendezvous
at the Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
A Bicentennial Event: September 12-15, 2024

In the spring of 1824, a small group of trappers entered the Green River Valley, where they found an abundance of beaver and friendly Shoshone willing to trade. The following year supplies were brought from St. Louis and the first rendezvous was held, launching the rendezvous era of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.  Join us to celebrate the eve of the bicentennial of rendezvous.

Registration – Early registration is now available either by printed form or online. Registration is $200 ($225 after August 1, 2024) and will include all presentations, special programs, meals (lunch Friday & Saturday, dinner Thursday, Friday & Saturday), auto tours, and printed copy of proceedings. Full agenda will be posted here by April 1, 2024.

Call for Speakers – Deadline March 1, 2024. See Call for Speakers for details.

Symposium Schedule – September 12-15, 2024. Four-day event with presentations on Friday & Saturday at the Pinedale Library, auto tours on Thursday & Sunday, and special evening programs with dinner on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  Audience of about 200 expected composed of mostly fur trade enthusiasts.  Programs held at Pinedale Library and Museum of the Mountain Man.  See Symposium Schedule for details. List of speakers and presentation titles will be posted here by April 1, 2024.

Subjects – The symposium theme is “The Eve of Rendezvous” given the bicentennial of rendezvous is approaching from 2025 to 2040. Subjects focusing on the lead up to and creation of the rendezvous, as well as subjects relating to the fur trade in the Green River Valley will be featured.  However, any subject related to the Rocky Mountain fur trade will be considered with priority given to those presenting a new or unique perspective.  List of speakers and presentation titles will be posted here by April 1, 2024.

Presentations – may include Traditions speech, Panel Discussion, Living History Demonstrations.

Auto Tours – Guided and self-guided auto tours are being planned for attendees coming to the symposium (Thursday) or leaving the symposium (Sunday) from all directions much as mountain men and Indians would have come to and left Green River Rendezvous in the 1830s. Auto tour details and signup instructions will be posted here by April 1, 2024.

Lodging is paid separate directly to establishments, but Symposium block discounts have been arranged with some hotels. See Lodging Chart for details (updated Jan 31, 2024).

Symposium Proceedings – An official proceedings will be developed after the Symposium and mailed to all registered attendees. Programs will be filmed and excerpts or full video will be posted on the internet.

Keep in Touch

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National Fur Trade Symposium History

1987 – Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming
1988 – Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
1989 – Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri
1990 – Fort Union Trading Post Historical Site, Williston, North Dakota
1992 – Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
1997 – Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
2000 – Fort Union Trading Post Historical Site, Williston, North Dakota
2003 – Historic Old Fort Benton, Fort Benton, Montana
2006 – Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron, Nebraska
2009 – Fort Whoop-up National Historic Site, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2010 – Three Forks Area Historical Society, Three Forks, Montana
2012 – Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
2015 – Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, Colorado
2018 – Northern Plains, Bismarck, North Dakota

Future National Fur Trade Symposium

2024 (September 12-15)- Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
2028 (September 20-23) – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston, North Dakota