Play Montana Madness!

In March 2018, sixteen objects from the Montana Historical Society’s vast collections will compete March Madness–style for the title of Montana’s Most Awesome Object.

HELP SELECT COMPETITORS FOR THE SWEET SIXTEEN!

The competition, modeled on the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, will pit object against object from the Montana Historical Society’s museum, archives, and library collections.

Help us select objects from the online exhibit “Appropriate, Curious, & Rare: Montana History Object by Object” to compete in our Sweet Sixteen. Voting to determine which objects should join the initial Sweet Sixteen will end 11:59 p.m. on February 25, 2018. Return March 5, 2018, to download your bracket.

Explore the competing conferences and vote for the objects you’d like to see in the tournament:

  • Montanans at Work
    From a stone maul used for making pemmican to a dying miner's last words to his family, these objects tell stories about the sometimes dangerous ways Montanans made a living. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montanans at Play
    From an Assinniboine doll to the Fisherman's Map of Montana, these objects illustrate ways Montanans entertained themselves. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montanans in Motion
    From a beaded cradleboard to a bridge across the Missouri River, these objects suggest the importance of travel to the residents of the fourth largest state. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montana and the Nation
    From the solid gold nail Montana sent to the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago to a painting created to commemorate the 1976 U.S. bicentennial, these objects express Montana's ties to the nation at large. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montana State of Mind
    From an Italian marble sculpture displayed at a wine house in Helena to a kit fox made from scrap metal, these objects represent the many works of art that reflect Montana's diverse cultures. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montana before Montana
    From a three-thousand-year-old petroglyph to a circa 1880s otter pelt saddle ornament, these objects tell the stories of life in Montana before statehood. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Coming to Montana
    From the oldest letter in the collection (written in 1810) to an 1880s-era embroidered Chinese pouch, these objects provide clues about the lives of early emigrants. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montanans in Conflict
    From a robe detailing feats of bravery during intertribal battles to a World War II "bomb" designed to distribute propaganda, these objects offer insight into Montanans' military history. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Becoming Montanans
    From the hand press that printed the territory's first newspaper to gauntlet gloves worn by a Cree cowboy, these objects reflect ways in which Montanans built new communities and adopted new customs. Which object should represent this conference? Vote here
  • Montanans at Home
    From a Gros Ventre tipi liner to a Wibaux ranch wife's maternity dress, these objects offer glimpses into Montanans' homelife. Vote here