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Iron Dreams:

Montana and the Pacific Railroad Surveys of 1853

Thursday, April 18
6:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Library
120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena

Presentation by Austin Haney

In the spring of 1853, nearly 200 men stepped off from St. Paul Minnesota, bound for the heart of the Northwest. The Stevens Expedition was just one of five survey parties sent into the American West that year, but it was by far the largest and most ambitious of them all. Tasked with finding a route for the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, it would be the most substantial government-sponsored exploration of the interior US since the days of Lewis and Clark.

Painting of 17th century railroad surveyors on the open plains

Exploring Lewis and Clark Workshop for Kids

Saturday, April 20
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
The Original Governor's Mansion
304 N Ewing St, Helena

Do your kids love exploring and adventure? Are they curious about the Lewis and Clark expedition and how people got around in the past? In this workshop, your kids will learn how Lewis and Clark navigated the West and use the same techniques to navigate the grounds of the Original Governor's Mansion.

This workshop is free and limited to 12 kids. Kids must be at least 7 years old to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. Prior registration is required.

Click this link to register

Sextant navigation instrument

Diversity Day

A Play by Gregory Hinton

Performed by members of
the Helena community

Thursday, April 25
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Myrna Loy
15 N. Ewing St., Helena

In 2010, the Missoula City Council heard six hours of public testimony about adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Join us for a free, hour-long, staged reenactment of excerpts from that testimony, followed by a discussion with the playwright and Heidi Wallace of EmpowerMT.

Diversity Day performance at the Myrna Loy in Helena, Montana

Digitized Montana Newspapers

Explore almost three million pages from over 150 Montana newspapers! Click the link here or one of the images below.

Butte WWI newspaper partial front page image.

Butte WWI newspaper partial front page image.

From Our Collection: Montana's Charlie Russell