Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events

Dave Piper and Gus McLeod surveying the 'Richest Hill on Earth,' ca. 1943, Robert Nesmith photographer, MHS Lot 019 B565

Dave Piper and Gus McLeod surveying the "Richest Hill on Earth," ca. 1943

2020 Montana History Conference—20/20 Vision: Looking Clearly at the Past

Join us online for our 47th Annual—and 1st Virtual—Montana History Conference. View the exciting lineup.


Plan aheadmark your calendars now for the 48th Annual Montana History Conference which will be held in the Butte September 23–25, 2021.

If you missed our previous History Conferences, you can listen to our session recordings.

Educator Workshops

We're making our annual Montana History Conference Educator workshop virtual and moving it to two days in August. OPI Renewal Units will be available. Register for one or both of these sessions here.

August 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: "Native Knowledge 360° and Montana Essential Understandings: More Complete Narratives About Native Americans

Join National Museum of the American Indian Education Specialist Colleen Call Smith to learn about the National Museum of the American Indian’s educational initiative Native Knowledge 360°, the museum’s Essential Understandings about American Indians, and discover how a regionally specific NK360° resource can be used to bring more complete narratives about Native Americans to Montana students by exploring the inquiry-based module, “Northern Plains Native History and Cultures: How Do Native People and Nations Experience Belonging?”

About the presenter: Colleen Call Smith  serves as an Education Specialist (Materials Developer) in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Office of Education. She earned her master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Kentucky and taught middle and high school social studies for a number of years in Kentucky, Virginia, and D.C. and has experience in inquiry-based social studies instruction. Colleen supports the education office in the research, development, writing, and production of online resources for the Native Knowledge 360° initiative. She collaborates closely with NMAI departments, Native communities, and members of the education department.

August 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Historical Thinking and Civics Education

Join Stanford University Professor of Education Sam Wineburg for an interactive session on "Historical Thinking and Civics Education," based on his work with the Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian and Civic Online Reasoning.

About the presenter: Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. He heads the Stanford History Education Group, whose curriculum and assessments have been downloaded nearly ten million times, making it one of the largest providers of free curriculum in the world. His latest book, Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone), was published by the University of Chicago Press. 



Bring a Montana Teacher Leader to Your Community!

Take advantage of our extraordinary Teacher Leaders in History program. Eleven elementary and middle school teachers from across the state, who have received training on the Montana Historical Society resources and are versed in best practices for history education, are available to provide professional development. Looking for a presenter at your school? Learn more. 

Check Out Our Online Professional Development

Take a guided tour of MHS's Educator Resources or explore the Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons and the Monatna History in 9 MORE Easy Lessons lecture series. Learn more.