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9–5 Second Saturdays

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Original Governor's Mansion
Montana State Capitol

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Montana Heritage Center 

Montana's Charlie Russell
Montana's Charlie Russell—get the book!

Online Exhibit: Appropriate, Curious and Rare Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons

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.

May Programs:

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Celebrate your favorite Montana mother by bringing her to Second Saturday at MHS.  Sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, Second Saturday features free admission all day long and drawings for door prizes. Join us for a variety of activities all day long!

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Help celebrate the launch of a new book, Montana Women from the Ground Up: Passionate Voices in Agriculture and Land Conservation. Meet some of the Montana women passionate about caring for their land and determined to make the lifestyle their own. Many never doubted for a moment that they would spend their lives in agriculture, while others speak of their surprise and delight to find themselves living on the land. All agree that they wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. Their presentation in the MHS auditorium will be followed by a book signing and refreshments.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N Ewing
  • 1:00 p.m. Join us for a docent-guided tour of our exhibit, The Mackay Gallery of Charlie Russell Art. The Charlie Russell Gallery is one of three permanent exhibits at the Montana Historical Society—come early or stay late.
  • 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Join us for a docent-guided tour of our exhibit, Montana Homeland. Tours begin on the hour. Montana Homeland is one of three permanent exhibits at the Montana Historical Society—come early or stay late but don’t miss our newest special exhibit, Times of Trouble, Times of Change: Montana and the Great War.

Free admission is also offered at the Original Governor’s Mansion where—like the daughters of Governor Samuel Stewart one hundred years ago—visitors can make May baskets in the basement level meeting room from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join in and make a May basket of your own! Tours of the Mansion will also be offered at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. 


Montana History in 9 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 p.m., between April 4, 2018 and May 30, 2018 in the MHS auditorium, a presenter will discuss a major period in 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. Click here for the full course description. For more information call 444-4741 or email klambert@mt.gov. Tune in at 3:30 to watch it live!

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

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