Living historians, Steve Alexander (Lt. Col. George Custer) and Marla Matkin (Elizabeth Custer), will present a joint performance as the Custers during their time spent in western Kansas.
“A Weekend with the Custers,” is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection/El Quartelejo Museum in Scott City. At 2 p.m. MST, the duo will appear at the Fort Wallace Museum located just east of the town of Wallace before coming to Scott City.
The actors will share the story of the Custers’ relationship in a presentation that will reveal the ups and downs they experienced as a young military couple in the 7th U.S. Cavalry.
The appearances also will shed light on the 151st Anniversary of the Custers’ celebrated “Wedding of the Century” originally held on Feb. 9, 1865. Each presentation will be followed by a special reception.
There will be no charge for the lectures, but donations are welcome.
Lt. Col. George Custer will be portrayed by actor, author and living historian Steve Alexander of Monroe, Mich. He has been named the “Foremost Custer Living Historian” by the U.S. Congress. He has appeared in more than 40 docudramas and films as Custer, including features on the History Channel and A&E Network.
He portrays Custer in Little Big Horn reenactments, as well as at Gettysburg, Appomattox, and other Civil War living history events. He is the author of the Custer biography, “G.A. Custer to the Little Big Horn,” and “Believe in the Bold: Custer and the Gettysburg Campaign.” He and his wife, Sandy, live in the original Bacon-Custer house in the Custers’ hometown of Monroe, Mich.
Libbie Custer will be portrayed by Marla Matkin of Hill City. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, she is a teacher with a longtime interest in history and theater.
She has performed as Libbie to great acclaim in many places, including Little Big Horn National Historic Site, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, FHSU, Fort Riley, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.
Alexander and Matkin are appearing through arrangements with friend and fellow historian and artist Jerry Thomas. Their visit will also include modeling for new historical paintings featuring the Custers.
Alexander recently modeled and collaborated with Thomas on the painting “Toward the Valley,” which was unveiled during “Custer Days” in Monroe, Mich. in October 2015.
The painting, which will be presented at both events, commemorates and ushers in the 140th anniversary of the Battle of The Little Big Horn on June 25, 2016.