On Thursday May 4th, 2017 we visit with Bob Reece.
Bob Reece’s interest for a lone, dusty hill in southeast Montana grew from his studies of Plains Indian history. His first visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (LIBI) in 1981 became a passion that continues to burn brightly today.
Bob has served in various capacities for the National Park Service at LIBI. In 1996 he, Oglala Lakota Joseph Marshall, and Rick Meyer co-founded the Friends of the Little Bighorn Battlefield (FRIENDS) – an official partner with the NPS – whose purpose is to raise funds for projects at LIBI.
Bob recently retired as president of Friends after 16 years. During those years serving as its president, Friends supported the placement of the red-granite warrior markers denoting where warriors fell defending their way of life at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Bob is most proud of the Friends assistance to the NPS in “the struggle to build an Indian Memorial at the battlefield.” Its dedication finally came on June 25, 2003.
In 2015, Wiley Blackwell published A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign in which Bob wrote the pivotal chapter on the Custer Battle. Bob served as managing editor for the Friends 2011 historical journal, Ghost Herder. In 1991, he presented the paper, “Visitors of Another Kind: Ghosts Along the Little Bighorn” to various historical organizations. In 2004, he appeared in a History Channel production of “Command Decisions”. He is in the process of updating the Friends website – friendslittlebighorn.com – which he first published in 2000.
Bob produced and directed a documentary for the NPS and the commemoration of the 130 anniversary of the battle titled, “Superintendent Edward Luce: Memories of Little Bighorn”.
One will most likely find Bob photographing the battlefield during all times of the year. His photos have appeared in the magazines
Time, American Heritage, History Channel, Wild West, and True West. Also, in the books Little Bighorn Voices, Spirted Encounters: American Indians Protest Museum Policies and Practices, cover of Stricken Field: The Little Bighorn Since 1876, Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America, This Land is Mine: A Story of Crazy Horse and George A. Custer
Bob will tell you that his crowning achievement for his photography is appearing on the covers of the new trail guides at LIBI.