Our Forgotten Pioneers: The Chinese in Montana

Montana's Chinese: Our Forgotten Pioneers promises an unprecedented glimpse at a little understood chapter in Montana's past.  Forgotten Pioneers focuses upon the predominantly male Chinese that by 1870 comprised ten percent of Montana's territorial population.  These pioneers helped develop Montana's mineral resources and lay the tracks of the Northern Pacific across the Northwest.  They established settlements and businesses in urban areas, paid taxes, and provided services.  The male-only population, however, necessarily dwindled as Chinese sojourners returned to China or died here on foreign soil.  Their abandoned neighborhoods fell victim to urban renewal.  Their culture, never well understood, became the stuff of myth and legend.  The Montana Historical Society invites you to celebrate the opening of Montana's Chinese: Our Forgotten Pioneers at 5:00 PM, May 14.  The exhibit runs through June 25, 2016.



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From the Heart: Stan Lynde's Comic Creations

From the Heart provides a behind-the-scenes look at Stan Lynde's distinguished career, from his early high school comics to his nationally syndicated strips Rick O'Shay and Latigo, and his award-winning illustrated novels. The exhibit highlights never-before-seen comics, sketches, and other original Lynde artwork. One of Montana's favorite sons, Lynde offered fans a playful and poignant view of Western life through the eyes of his beloved characters.

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Montana Tannenbaum

Montana Tannenbaum touches on Montana’s three national Christmas Trees – In 1958 the National Christmas Tree, an Engelmann Spruce also known as “Ike’s Tree,” harvested from the Kootenai National Forest near Libby, MT.  A second Engelmann Spruce was cut from the Kootenai National Forest near Libby in 1989 to serve as the Capitol Christmas Tree, and a Subalpine Fir Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested from the Bitterroot National Forest near Hamilton, MT in 2008.  The tradition of state’s providing Christmas Trees to Washington D.C dates from 1923 for the National Christmas Tree, and the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964.