Public Programs

The Montana Historical Society hosts regularly scheduled public programs on a wide variety of topics relating to the Treasure State’s history and culture. Most programs take place on Thursday evenings (excluding holidays and a summer break). The Friends of the Montana Historical Society sponsor public programs the third Wednesday of each month, September through May (excluding December), and an annual March Lecture Series in celebration of Women’s History Month. Every fall the Society holds its annual Montana History Conference. Exhibit openings, curator tours, and family programs also enliven the year.


Friday, December 9, 11:00 a. m.  – 1:30 p.m.  Helena History Authors to sign books at MHS. Popular Helena history authors Ellen Baumler, Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney , Kirby Lambert, Jon Axline and Aaron Parrett will sign copies of their new books in time for the holidays . Baumler, MHS interpretive historian, will sign her new book Ghosts of the Last Best PlaceBottomly-O’looney, MHS senior curator, and Lambert, MHS Outreach and Interpretation program manager, will sign copies of the award-winning and popular Montana’s Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society , Axline, historian for the Montana Department of Transportation will sign The Beartooth Highway,and Parrett, historian, author and musician will sign Montana Americana MusicThese and other books by the five authors are available in the MHS Museum Store.

Saturday, December 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. Development Director Susan Near will be available throughout the day offering two limited edition prints by Montana artists Bob Morgan and John C. Ulberg that benefit the proposed Montana Heritage Center project. For a $100 donation to the Heritage Center you receive either Morgan’s print “Read All About It,” which is a painting of the newsboy statue on the Downtown Walking Mall, or Ulberg’s “Stan Lynde,” which portrays the famous Montana cartoonist and author whose work is on exhibit in Montana’s Museum through December.

Saturday, December 10, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. MHS Research Historian Zoe Ann Stoltz will present a special program, “Montana Winter Tails and Tables,” to help you plan your holiday events. She will talk about early Christmas celebrations in Montana, and discuss and provide recipes for holiday fare drawing on the more than 800 historic Montana cookbooks that date back into the 1800s.

The Montana Historical Society's Research Center offers a variety of Programs on an ongoing basis. Contact them at

To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Kirby Lambert at (406) 444-4741 or

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