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.

Monday, July 11, 18, 25, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Mondays in July the Last Chance Powwow Committee will be selling powwow tacos on the MHS front lawn. Support a good cause, have lunch, and enjoy traditional Native American drumming, singing, and dancing.

Thursday, July 14, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Exhibit opening for Big Game, Big Stories: Montana’s Hunting Heritage. For thousands of years, hunting has sustained the people of Montana physically, culturally, and spiritually. Join us for the grand opening 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.

Sunday July 17, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The Original Governor Mansion’s (OGM) Secret Garden Tour will showcase beautiful and unique Helena-area gardens while raising funds for restoration projects at the OGM.  There will also be a vendor market and Great Ape Crepes will be selling breakfast and lunch at the OGM, which is located in Helena at 304 N Ewing. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available at the Montana Historical Society Museum Store, Leslie’s Hallmark, Gardenwerks, prior to the event and at the OGM on the day of the tour.  For more information call 406-444-4710 or visit OGM Secret Garden Tour.

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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