*March Lecture Series celebrating Women’s History Month, every Wednesday in March at noon, 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 29, 12:00 noon. Women’s War Work. During the Great War, Many Montana women chose to break gender barriers by serving as nurses and radio operators. Those who remained in Montana were often recruited by the Red Cross for local events and fundraising. In addition to their days’ regular chores they learned to Hooverize. They recycled, canned, knit, served meatless meals, rationed butter and wheat, and raised their children while awaiting news from the front. Many battled the Spanish Influenza, while others became Gold Star Mothers after losing loved ones. MHS Reference Historian Zoe Ann Stoltz will detail the vital role that Montana women played in WWI.
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. Montana’s Gary Cooper is famous for his portrayal of a sheriff who stands alone against corruption in the movie classic High Noon. Taken at face value the film is a great western movie, but perhaps history will remember it better as a condemnation of the blacklisting which occurred during the 1950s. Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Glenn Frankel as he provides a sweeping look at Cooper’s entire career while focusing on Hollywood’s “Red Scare.”
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Night at the Museum—Stopping along the Way. In an encore presentation of a program she delivered in January, MHS Interpretive Historian Dr. Ellen Baumler will explore the long and varied history of the Sieben Ranch in the Helena Valley. Stopping Along the Way will peel back the layers of the area’s prehistory and history to reveal some surprising occupants, a diversity of human experience, a depth of contribution, and a commitment to stewardship that continues today.
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