Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

Playing For Keeps

In 2016, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) created this deck of playing cards to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The foundation of historic preservation programs nationwide, the Act created, among other important policies and programs, the National Register of Historic Places. Each card in our commemorative deck represents one Montana’s 56 counties, and each card features a historic property that has been listed in the National Register in that county. Together the playing card deck represents a cross-section of Montana’s significant historic, archaeological, and traditional cultural properties.


To view an interactive story map of the Montana in the National Register playing cards click on the image to the left, or click the link here.