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Thursday, September 8, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Presence of the Past Program Series—The Democracy of the Wild.  When North America was being colonized the fish and wildlife resource was basically held as a personal asset by those granted land in the “New World.”  When American colonists rebelled, fish and wildlife received no mention in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Sixty-six years later the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, by virtue of the Declaration of Independence, the people in America became the “sovereign,” and rights and privileges held by kings passed to the people. In short, the king’s deer became the people’s game.  Finding a conservation ethic took a bit of time, but events occurring on the Montana landscape made a significant contribution—as they do today. Author, outdoorsman, and conservation leader Jim Posewitz will share his insight into this important American story. While you’re here, don’t miss the Society’s newest temporary exhibit, Big Game, Big Stories: Montana’s Hunting Heritage.

Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Second Saturday at MHS. Sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, “Second Saturday” features drawings for door prizes and free admission all day long to Montana’s Museum and the Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N Ewing. Tours at the Original Governor’s Mansion begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presence of the Past Program Series—Major Charles Rawn. Using first-person interpretive techniques, Dr. Bob Brown, former director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, will bring Major Charles Rawn to life. In the summer of 1877, Major Rawn founded Fort Missoula, was called upon to stop the Nez Perce at what became known as Fort Fizzle, and participated in the Battle of the Big Hole. Brown’s presentation will include reminiscences of the major’s entire career—including his involvement in the Civil War—but will focus on the frontier infantry in Montana and the Nez Perce War. Following the talk, Brown will be available to sign copies of his new book on Rawn.


Watch the video about our new exhibit, Big Game, Big Stories: Montana’s Hunting Heritage. For thousands of years, hunting has sustained the people of Montana physically, culturally, and spiritually. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the Society’s newest temporary exhibit which examines the diverse stories—ranging from the First Peoples’ nomadic hunting lifestyle to market hunters’ decimation of game to modern conservation efforts—that tell the history of hunting under the Big Sky.

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