Historian Tracy Potter, author of "Steamboats in Dakota Territory: Transforming the Northern Plains," will host a free talk and book signing at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Potter explores in-depth how this mechanized technology affected trade, war and peace during times of dramatic change.

Tracy Potter has been professionally involved in North Dakota history for decades. He is also the author of "Sheheke: Mandan Indian Diplomat" and retired in 2015 as the executive director of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation. Copies of both of Tracy’s books will be available for sale through the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center’s Museum Store.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is located 38 miles north of Bismarck at the intersection of U.S. 83 and N.D. 200A in Washburn.

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