Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m–8 p.m. MHS will host “Play Ball” at the Original Governor's Mansion, 6th and Ewing Streets near downtown, with baseball-themed games and activities on the lawn and traditional hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack free to all. The authors of the new book Montana Baseball History, Skylar Browning and Jeremy Watterton, will be speaking at the event. The book will be for sale at the OGM for the authors to autograph. There will be baseball-related door prizes including tickets to the last home game of the Helena Brewers. Sponsors of the event include the OGM Restoration Society, Van’s Thriftway, Safeway, Helena Brewers, Rivals Athletics, and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.
Thursday, September 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Three Ringlings in Montana: Circus Trains to Cattle Ranches. Flamboyant John Ringling—one of five brothers who founded the Ringling Brothers Circus—came to Montana in 1903 looking for investments. He ended up building a railroad and launching a ranching company. His nephew Richard followed John to Montana in 1917 to establish a cattle and sheep empire, while Richard’s son Paul continued the family’s legacy. Author Lee Rostad will tell the Ringlings’ Montana story, plus tales of the circus’s ups and downs. Presence of the Past program series.
Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 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.
Wednesday, September 16, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Helena author Aaron Parrett will discuss, and sign copies of, his book Montana Then and Now. When Montana Territory was established in 1864, it was a land of tipis and ramshackle cabins, of lawless vigilantes and miners scraping out meager livings. One hundred and fifty years later, the dramatic changes to the Treasure State are overshadowed only by the startling similarities. In his discussion Parrett will compare where we started with where we are today, and along the way show us a Montana we never could have previously imagined. Friends of the Montana Historical Society Program.
Thursday, September 17, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Yellowstone Summers: Touring with the Wylie Camping Company. During Yellowstone National Park’s stagecoach era, the Wylie Camping Company treated its guests—who stayed in canvas tents clustered around a fire pit—to a bold adventure in this distinct American landscape. Helena author Jane Galloway Demaray will detail how summer tours with the Wylie Company balanced frugality and safety, relaxation and adventure, and absorbing interpretation of the Park’s wonders. Presence of the Past program series.
Thursday, September 24, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Montana: A Cultural Medley. Montana historian Robert Swartout has gathered fascinating stories of the state’s surprisingly diverse ethnic groups into a thought-provoking collection of essays. He will share stories from his new anthology, which includes fourteen chapters showcasing an African American nightclub in Great Falls, a Japanese American war hero, the founding of a Metis community, Jewish merchants, and Dutch settlement in the Gallatin Valley, as well as stories of Irish, Scots, Chinese, Finns, and Mexican American settlers in Montana. Presence of the Past program series.
42nd Annual Montana History Conference
Each year, the Montana History Conference celebrates Montana’s history—the people, events, and milestones that make our heritage so rich and exciting. Join us this year for the 42nd Annual Montana History Conference which will be held September 24–26 in Bozeman at the Hilton Garden Inn. In this 150th anniversary year for the Montana Historical Society, we are pleased and proud to invite you to this conference which will focus on Bozeman, Gallatin County, and the surrounding region, including Yellowstone National Park.
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