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
Every Monday in July, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
The Last Chance Community Pow Wow Committee will be selling Pow Wow tacos on the MHS front lawn. Come have lunch, enjoy drumming and dancing, and support the 21st Annual Last Chance Community Pow Wow.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the past—and the future of the past! Join us for a sneak preview of our new ice age introduction to the Montana Homeland exhibit while celebrating the passage of the Montana Museums Act of 2020 and the funding of a new home for Montana history and improvements for museums and historic sites all across the state. There’s plenty of work to be done over the next several years, but first come say thank you to Senator Terry Gauthier, Representative Julie Dooling, and Senator Jill Cohenour for their vital roles in helping us reach this milestone. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Second Saturday at MHS
Sponsored by Intrepid Credit Union, Second Saturday at MHS features free admission all day long and drawings for door prizes. Free admission is also offered at the Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N. Ewing, where tours begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., Apollo 11 Fiftieth Anniversary
Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the moon, the Montana Historical Society is hosting a screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s The Day We Walked on the Moon. Astronauts (including Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 mission), members of Mission Control (including Flight Director Gene Kranz, Capsule Communicator Charles Duke, and Guidance Officer Steve Bales) and the children of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin reveal their personal stories behind the scenes of the iconic day. Pop culture notables like Queen guitarist and doctor of astrophysics Brian May and television personality and professor of physics Brian Cox describe where they were and what they felt during that “One Small Step.” It’s a story that ranges from the deeply personal to the grand and historic, an in-depth look at one of the most important twenty-four-hour periods in history.
The special screenings of The Day We Walked on the Moon will be preceded by a slide show, Montana 1969, developed by MHS historian Christine Brown, and moon rocks brought back to earth by Apollo 11 will be on display.
All summer long!
Summer tours are in full swing at the Original Governor’s Mansion. It’s the perfect place to bring your out-of-town family and friends. Hours are:
May 15–September 15
Tuesday–Saturday: Tours at 12, 1, 2, and 3
Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Visit OGM Tours for more information.
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