2017 Friends of the Society March Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 01, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m. - Intimate West: Women Artists in Montana 1880-1944 Barbara Koostra. Koostra, The Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM, will highlight and feature paintings and photographs from pioneering women artists with important Montana ties that lived or traveled in the state at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, and contributed significantly to the aesthetic and cultural life of Montana. Artists include Fra Dana, Josephine Hale, Frances Carroll Brown, Marguerite O. Stevens, Evelyn Cameron, and Elizabeth Lochrie, among others.

Wednesday, March 08, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.- Prohibition, Prostitution, and Murder in Helena Terri Atwood. Attwood, history teacher, historical playwright and curator of the Jefferson County Museum’s talk: The 18th Amendment ushered in Prohibition: when alcohol was prohibited from being sold, manufactured, and transported. It was not illegal, however, to drink it. Organized crime and murder became a national epidemic. On December 2, 1929…87 years ago…a young woman was murdered on South Main Street in Helena. Her business partner was shot three times in the face and lived to name the alleged killer. But, the Townsend man she identified was acquitted and the case was closed. Until now. Who killed Bobby Kelly?

Wednesday, March 15, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.- They Answered the Call Ellen Baumler. Baumler, MHS interpretive historian, will tell the story of the evolution of professional nursing in Montana. Her talk follows the legacy of Methodist deaconesses who came from Chicago to Great Falls beginning in 1898. Nursing programs at that time were more about caretaking than science. These women, part of a ground-breaking national movement, eventually founded many hospitals in Montana communities and ushered in a national trend to link training programs with university systems.

Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.- Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Women in Science. Mary Jane Bradbury, Independent scholar and actress, will discuss: Social, political and educational reformers in favor of opportunities for women faced fierce opposition throughout history. Scientific pursuits were thought to be the work of men, far beyond the capabilities of any woman. The brave women who persisted in crossing those boundaries opened the realm of scientific study to a whole new perspective, shedding new light on the study of the world around us. This program will draw on the lives and writings of science pioneers like Martha Maxwell, Rocky Mountain naturalist; Maria Mitchell, astronomer; Ruth Underhill, anthropologist; and Rachel Carson, biologist. Join us for a fascinating look at these pioneer scientists and the challenging world in which they followed their passion.

Wednesday, March 29, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.- Women’s War Work Zoe Ann Stoltz. Stoltz, MHS Reference Historian, will describe in detail how 1917 & 1918 were horrific years for Montanans. We often hear of the number of Montana men who served in the armed services and the Council of Defense’s harsh actions. However, how often do we hear of the never-ending expectations put on the women left behind? Many Montana women chose to break gender barriers by serving as nurses and radio operators. Those who remained in Montana were often recruited by the local Red Cross for local events and fundraising. In addition to their days’ regular chores they learned to Hooverize. They recycled, canned, knit, served meatless meals, rationed butter and wheat, and more! While they waited for news from the Front, they raised families. Many battled the Spanish Influenza, while others became Gold Star Mothers after losing loved ones. Let’s spend some time discussing the vital role Montana women played in WWI.


For reservations: contact Katie White, kwhite@mt.gov or 444-9553

Indicate choices: March 1 =$5 March 8 =$5 March 15 =$5

March 22 =$5 March 29 =$5 or All Five Lectures for $20

Make checks payable to: Friends of the MHS

Mail to: PO Box 201201 Helena MT 59620-1201