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Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 21, every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m.
Come in out of the heat to enjoy films from Montana’s past in our airconditioned auditorium. This week’s features are:

  • Interesting People in Montana: Jean Sullivan – Celebrated Montana radio and television executive Ed Craney interviews Jean Sullivan, Glacier National Park Employee and avalanche survivor. Sullivan discusses his family’s 1908 homestead on that that would become part of the park, his employment with the National Parks Service, and events that led to his eight-hour burial under an avalanche (collection MC 363).
  • Montana and the Sky - A program that discusses the importance of aviation in Montana, from its larger airports to its smaller rural airstrips. Medical flights, the spraying of crops, forestry and firefighting, ranching, rodeos, mail service, commerce, business commuting, and recreational activities are all portrayed as beneficiaries of improved aviation. Produced in 1969, and sponsored by the Montana Aeronautics Commission. (PAc 2007-67)

Monday, July 23, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Powwow Tacos on the Front Lawn
Enjoy Indian frybread topped with your choice of taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, sour cream, and jalapenos; watch traditional Native American dancing; and support the Last Chance Community Powwow.

Thursday, July 26, Noon, John Wheeler, Pauper’s Dream
John filmmaker John Wheeler for a screening of his documentary, Pauper’s Dream. Pauper’s dream provides a historical overview of hard rock mining in Montana while also serving as a tribute to the industry and the miners in search of fortune. Wheeler will be available to answer questions following the film.

Saturday, July 28, every hour on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m.
Come in out of the heat to enjoy films from Montana’s past in our airconditioned auditorium. This week’s features are:

  • Montana and the Sky - A program that discusses the daily use of aviation across the State of Montana, focusing on how the airplane has become an important tool in the development of a modern frontier. Provides a brief overview of Montana history, as well as the human geography of the state itself. Mail routes, business travel, recreation, medical flights, ranch use, wildlife management, forestry and firefighting are all addressed as important facets of aviation in Montana. Produced in 1952, and sponsored by the Montana Aeronautics Commission. (collection PAc 2007-67)
  • Montana: A Little Farther North - From the original press release: "Montana's excitingly beautiful ski film, showing some of the world's finest exhibition skiers - including Eddie Ferguson and Scott Brooksbank - skiing the greatest snow on earth in such Montana hot-spots as Big Mountain, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Montana Snow Bowl, and Red Lodge Mountain. High speed photography slows the acrobatic maneuvers to a slow motion ballet performed in a breathtaking world of snow and sky. Exhibition ski-teams from Head, White Stag, K-2 and Salomon skim the slopes, float the powder, swim through surging seas of snow-spume. Outstanding aerial photography makes the viewer airborne, too - and Montana wildlife joins the cast to add a final touch of excitement to one of the finest skiing films ever produced. The 28-minute color movie was filmed by nationally known ski cinematographer Jim Rice of Whitefish, Montana and was produced by Montana Power Company in cooperation with the Montana State Advertising Unit and Northwest Orient Airlines." Produced in 1973. (Sage Advertising film collection, PAc 2011-51)

Monday, July 30, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Powwow Tacos on the Front Lawn
Enjoy Indian frybread topped with your choice of taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, sour cream, and jalapenos; watch traditional Native American dancing; and support the Last Chance Community Powwow.


Celebrate Montana history with us! Your interest and love of Montana’s past energizes our work. With your help, more real stories of the past can be shared and more history is preserved for future generations. We invite you to enjoy, engage, explore, know, visit,and preserve Montana history by joining and supporting the Montana Historical Society.

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P.O. Box 201201
225 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59620

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