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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

Montana History in 9 More Easy Lessons
Join Montana Historical Society (MHS) staff members and other subject matter experts in a two-month exploration of the last twelve thousand years of Montana history. Every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30, between April 3, 2019 and May 29, 2019, at MHS, a presenter will discuss a major theme of Montana history. Individually, these programs will offer compelling discussions of specific topics relating to Montana’s past; together they will provide a big-picture overview of the state’s rich and fascinating history. Come for one—or come for all. OPI Renewal Credits will be available and presentations will be live-streamed for those who can’t make it in person. For more information call 444-4741 or email klambert@mt.gov.

Wednesday, April 24, 3:30 p.m., Montana History in 9 More Easy Lessons
Do Treaties Matter? From 1777 to 1871, US relations with individual American Indian nations were conducted through treaty negotiations. These contracts between nations created unique sets of rights for the benefit of each of the treaty-making tribes and the US government. Mike Jetty will provide a basic overview of treaty history and show how they are still being interpreted today. About the speaker: Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant, who currently works at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist. Jetty has taught in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels and, since 2004, he has provided over 200 workshops on teaching Indian history and culture for over 4,000 educators. (Watch the live stream.)

Saturdays in April, every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m.
We will be showing historic films from the MHS film archives.
Note: movies will not be shown when other programs are scheduled in the auditorium.

  • Saturday, April 6, The Sun Gave Man the Power and Anaconda Copper Mining Company—Zinc Department
  • Saturday, April 13, Montana Mining Industry and A World Apart: Montana’s Hutterites
  • Saturday, April 20, The Wind Drinkers and Interesting People in Montana: Al Hibbard
  • Saturday, April 27, Explore the Old West Trail Country and Anaconda Copper Mining Company —Copper Refineries

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Helena, MT 59620

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