Spring 2016: In this issue

Spring 2016 cover

Vol. 66, No. 1

Creating “Staunch Hearted, Bright-Eyed Sportswomen”

The Montana Legacy of Ina E. Gittings
by Pamela Stewart

A Cross in the Wilderness

St. Mary’s Mission Celebrates 175 Years
by Ellen Baumler

Rocky Mountain Radicals

Copper King James A. Murray, Senator James E. Murray, and Seventy-Eight Years of Montana Politics, 1883–1961
by Bill Farley

Manufactured Housing in Twentieth-Century Montana

by Zoe Ann Stoltz


Trafzer, A Chemehuevi Song, reviewed by William D. Rowley | Kollin, Captivating Westerns, reviewed by Alex Trimble Young | Moore, Bootleggers and Borders, reviewed by Brenden W. Rensink | Sanderson, Controlled Recklessness, reviewed by Jim Hoy | Childers, The Size of the Risk, reviewed by John Freemuth | Baird, Mallickan, and Swagerty, Encounters with the People, reviewed by John D. McDermott

On the Cover

Jerry Bywaters found inspiration in the changing landscape of 1930s- and 1940s-era Texas to paint western scenes such as the front-cover feature, Oil Field Girls (1940, oil on board, 29" x 24½", Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1984, photo by Rick Hall). He later served as a professor of art and art history at Southern Methodist University as well as the director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Turn to page 59 to read about the way in which developments similar to those depicted in Bywaters’s painting contributed to a revolutionary transformation in the home lives of many Montanans.

Born in Billings and raised on a ranch near Lodge Grass, beloved cartoonist Stan Lynde drew on his Montana roots to create the nationally syndicated comic strips Latigo, Grass Roots, and, most famously, Rick O’Shay. He gave the panel that appears on the back cover, “I purely hate every’thin’ about a sheep” (1975, watercolor on paper, Montana Historical Society Museum, gift of the Stan and Lynda Lynde Trust, 2012.34.210), as a gift to his parents, who, as wool growers, would have appreciated the joke. “From the Heart: Stan Lynde’s Comic Creations” is on exhibit at the Montana Historical Society through September 2016.

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