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Fort Union Celebration, Williston, N.D.
Fort Union Celebration, Williston, N.D.
TitleFort Union Celebration, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1926-07-17
DescriptionA large crowd of Native Americans and others watch an Indian ceremony during the Fort Union Celebration, Williston, N.D.
General SubjectAwards & ceremonies
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Crowds
Indigenous peoples
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Children
Indians of North America - Clothing & dress
Indians of North America - Commemoration
Indians of North America - Dwellings
Indians of North America - Government relations
Indians of North America - History
Indians of North America - Meetings
Indians of North America - Men
Indians of North America - Political activity
Indians of North America - Rites & ceremonies
Indians of North America - Social life
Indians of North America - Women
LocationFort Union (N.D.)
Item Number1-75A-3-3
Negative Number1-75A-3-3
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Several thousand people were in attendance to greet the Columbia River Historical expedition, which included General Hugh Scott, John F. Stevens, the civil engineer who located Marias pass for the Great Northern, Ralph Budd, president of the Great Northern, W.P. Kenney, vice president in charge of traffic, Dr. Samuel Eliot Morison, Harvard University, Lawrence J. Brupee, Governor Sorlie or North Dakota, and one hundred fifty other prominent people from all parts of the United States. Eleven tribes of Indians were represented in the congress. The program included an address from General Scott, a flag raising, a welcome from the Upper Missouri band, Company E of Williston and the congress of Indian tribes and leaders, and a visit to Indian villages. During the afternoon, many people took the opportunity to see the Plentywood baseball team play Scobey. In the evening, the Indians entertained with native games around the camp.
Bibliographic ReferenceWilliston Herald, 7/22/1926, p. 1; Williams County Farmers Press, 7/15/1926, p. 1;
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-75A-3-3)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws175A33
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