Audrey Barnhart, curator at Fort Union Trading Post, died on Friday, June 14th, at her home in Williston, North Dakota.
A lifelong non-smoker, she had been fighting lung cancer for two years using mostly natural and alternative methods, which was her choice.
Audrey had worked at Fort Union for 22 years. Previous to that, she worked as a museum tech at Scotts Bluff National Monument and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska. She also served on a detail as acting North Unit district interpreter at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Her passion was for interpretation and environmental education and for introducing young people to nature. She also loved snakes of all kinds. She had a strong faith and connection to her church youth group.
It is a sad time for the North Dakota national parks.