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Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Second Saturday at MHS—Sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, Second Saturday features free admission all day long and drawings for door prizes. Free admission is also offered at the Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N. Ewing, where tours begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 1:30 p.m.
Martha Kohl, Montana and the Great War: What I Know Now
Among the great pleasures of research is the joy of discovery, learning things that startle you and make you reexamine your assumptions. In an illustrated discussion, MHS Historical Specialist Martha Kohl will share some of the surprises she encountered while working on the Montana Historical Society’s new website, Montana and the Great War.
Wednesday, October 18, 10:45 a.m.
Lorna Milne, Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie
In 1889, a young spunky British woman of genteel upbringing set sail for the United States against her family's wishes. She traveled with a friend, Ewen Cameron, the man who later became her husband. They were bound for eastern Montana to hunt big game along the Yellowstone River, only thirteen years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The next fall the Camerons returned to England, packed up, and moved to Montana, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They first rented a ranch on the Powder River, among other British expatriates, to raise polo ponies for export to England. After years of limited success in the pony trade, they bought a small herd of cattle, settling into a more dependable existence of ranching and market gardens.
Author Lorna Milne uses diaries and letters to reconstruct how Evelyn lived in the harsh eastern Montana landscape and how she became an extraordinary photographer. Evelyn may have been born in England, but through heart and temperament, she was a Westerner. She was resourceful, hardworking, observant, artistic, adaptable. According to her contemporary, a traveling Englishwoman, Evelyn was described as one of the great wonders of Montana.
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