Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday Night at the Museum—Lewis & Clark vs Ursus Horribilis. The Corps of Discovery met countless challenges on their western trek, not the least of which was encounters with the grizzly bear. Grizzlies were virtually unknown in the “civilized” parts of the United States, but the explorers heard cautionary tales of these tremendous beasts from their hosts while wintering over with the Mandan in 1804-1805 and looked forward to seeing the bears first hand. Soon after their departure from Fort Mandan in April 1805, they got their wish. Join Duane Buchi of the Great Falls’ Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center as he introduces some of those early encounters with grizzly bears and discusses the ways in which bears helped shape how Corps members conducted day-to-day activities throughout the expedition.
*March Lecture Series celebrating Women’s History Month, sponsored by the Friends of the Montana Historical Society, $5.00 each or all five programs for $20.00. Brown bag lunches are welcome.
**Natural History Series sponsored by Last Chance Audubon Society offered in conjunction with the Society’s two current temporary exhibits, Big Game, Big Stories: Montana's Hunting Heritage and Hooked: Fishing in Montana. Come early and enjoy the museum galleries.
* Wednesday, March 1, 12:00 noon. Intimate West: Women Artists in Montana, 1880-1944. Barbara Koostra, the Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, will discuss paintings and photographs created by pioneering women artists—like Fra Dana, Josephine Hale, Frances Carroll Brown, Marguerite O. Stevens, Evelyn Cameron, and Elizabeth Lochrie—at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, and the contributions they made to Montana’s cultural life.
** Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Night at the Museum—Waterfowl Conservation and Hunting Opportunities. Bob Sanders, Manager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited, will talk about Duck Unlimited’s efforts to conserve waterfowl production areas in Montana, thereby providing increased hunting opportunities for Big Sky sportsmen.
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