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Speakers Bureau Program
brings Doug Hammill
here for talk on horses & mules


Doug Hammill

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
April 1, 1999


The Seeley Lake Historical Society will host Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau program "Horses and Mules in Montana's Old West Era" with Doug Hammill on Saturday, April 10, 1999. The program will be at the Seeley Lake Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Partial funding for the MCH Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana's Cultural Trust.

Throughout Montana's "Old West" era horses and mules were employed at an amazing variety of tasks and in enormous number. In speaking of his friend the horse, Charles M. Russell stated "...I'm here to tell these machine-lovers that it will take a million years for the gas wagon to catch up with the hoss and what he's done for man..." Dressed in authentic old time cowboy attire "Doc" Hammill describes, illustrates with slides, and uses diagrams to show how horses were used by Montana's Indian people, cavalry, cowboys, farmers, loggers, packers and teamsters. The audience will hear incidents from the past as well as personal experiences, and questions are encouraged.

Doug "Doc" Hammill is a veterinarian, horseman, rancher, and recognized student of "Old West" history. His programs have been featured or mentioned in over 40 publications and "Doc" has shared the Old West with visitors from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. He is instructor of Old West era for Flathead Valley Community College's Elderhostel programs.

For more information, please call Cindy Torok at 677-2204.

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