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Montana's Charlie Russell: 21st Century Perspectives on the Cowboy Artist

Join the Montana Historical Society this summer as we celebrate our 150th anniversary—and the recent publication of our award-winning Russell catalog—with a three-day gathering devoted to the art and legacy of Montana’s favorite son. Attendees will examine masterpieces of Russell artwork up close, enjoy performances by Blackfeet troubadour Jack Gladstone and Nancy Russell (as portrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury), and preview Montana PBS’ forthcoming documentary, C. M. Russell and the West.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to gain new insight into Russell and the West from an array of the nation’s leading scholars. Highlights include prolific author and retired University of Victoria professor Brian Dippie discussing Charles M. Russell One Century Ago, Charles M. Russell Center director B. Byron Price addressing On the Frontier of Fantasy: Charles M. Russell and Hollywood , Amon Carter Museum conservator Jodie Utter examining The Unconventional Genius of Charles M. Russell: His Watercolor Materials and Techniques, and Denver art historian Joan Carpenter Troccoli comparing George Catlin and the Native American West of Charles M. Russell. Oregon author Larry Len Peterson will provide an in-depth examination of historic photographs that portray Russell and MHS Senior Curator Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney will present a history of the Society’s 236-piece Russell collection. In addition, round-table panels will consider Why Russell Still Matters and discuss the significant archival collections—in Helena, Great Falls, Tulsa, and Norman, Oklahoma—that hold the key to future Russell scholarship.

Montana’s Charlie Russell: 21st Century Perspectives on the Cowboy Artist will be held in Helena June 18-20 at the Montana Historical Society, the capitol, the Best Western Premiere Helena Great Northern Hotel, and the Myrna Loy Center. 

Important note: Conference registration closed June 15. Thursday's reception and Friday's lunch and banquet are full. Limited seating for the other sessions is still available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Great Northern Hotel on Friday and Myrna Loy Center on Saturday.

Please share your appreciation with the following organizations and individuals that have provided financial support for this symposium.

Rocky Mountain Credit Union

D. A. Davidson Companies

BNSF Railway


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. 

Believe it or not, this is the first time that this conference has been held in Bozeman, so perhaps it’s appropriate for this to also be Homecoming weekend at Montana State University. We have had great partners in preparing the Montana History Conference this year, including the Gallatin History Museum, Museum of the Rockies, Historic Preservation Board of Gallatin County, the Extreme History Project, Montana State University, and others.    

We invite you to “Hit the Trail to Bozeman!”  Enjoy the heritage of the area and all that this community has to offer.  The full conference brochure will be online by early July. Printed brochures will be available later in the month—to request a copy email or phone 406-444-2694.

Since it is homecoming weekend, don’t wait too long to make your hotel reservations. In addition to the Hilton Garden Inn, special rates are also being offered by the following hotels. Don’t forget to ask for the Montana History Conference rate!

Comfort Suites:  

Days Inn and Suites:  

Please share your appreciation with the following organizations and individuals that have provided financial support for the 42nd Annual Montana History Conference.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Rocky Mountain Credit Union

Dr. Volney Steele

CTA Architects Engineers

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Montana History Foundation

Did you miss the 41st Annual Montana History Conference? Listen to the sessions online.