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9–5 Second Saturdays


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Museum Tours
Original Governor's Mansion
Montana State Capitol

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Montana Heritage Center 

Montana's Charlie Russell
Montanas Charlie Russell


The proposed Montana Heritage Center

Celebrate Montana history with us! Your interest and love of Montana’s past energizes our work. With your help, more real stories of the past can be shared and more history is preserved for future generations. We invite you to enjoy, engage, explore, know, visit,and preserve Montana history by joining and supporting the Montana Historical Society.

Upcoming Films and Events

Wednesday, March 20, 12:00 p.m. Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country
Singer-songwriter Almeda Bradshaw will examine the ways in which honky-tonk music became the voice of working-class country folk, exposing the loneliness and alienation they felt as they coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both men and women. Examine how PTSD, then unrecognized, contributed to the dysfunction of families and learn how Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others responded in their songs to the social changes of post-World War II America. This program is part of the March Lecture Series which is sponsored by the Friends of the Montana Historical Society as their primary annual fundraiser. Lectures are $5.00 each. Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Seating is first come, first served, and is limited to 57 people. Call Katie White at 406-444-9553 or email kwhite@mt.gov to get your name on the list and reserve a spot in the auditorium. Payment is accepted at the door the day of the program.

Wednesday, March 27 Living with the Land
Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer will describe the American Indian struggle for survival in often harsh conditions, triumph over hardships, and spiritual and creative achievements. Her inspiring talk enhances understanding of how Indian peoples traditionally lived, what they ate, wore, and used for medicine. Fischer, a traditionally raised Anishinaabe artist, has been sharing traditional knowledge for the past thirty years. This program is part of the March Lecture Series which is sponsored by the Friends of the Montana Historical Society as their primary annual fundraiser. Lectures are $5.00 each. Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Seating is first come, first served, and is limited to 57 people. Call Katie White at 406-444-9553 or email kwhite@mt.gov to get your name on the list and reserve a spot in the auditorium. Payment is accepted at the door the day of the program.

Most Saturdays in March, every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m.
We will be showing historic films from the MHS film archives.

  • Saturday, March 23, Explore the Old West Trail Country and ACMC—Copper Refineries
  • Saturday, March 30, The Wind Drinkers and Interesting People in Montana: Al Hibbard

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P.O. Box 201201
225 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59620

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