Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

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Public Programs and Events

The Montana Historical Society hosts public programs on a wide variety of topics relating to the Treasure State’s history and culture. Most programs take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (excluding holidays and a summer break). Every fall the Society holds its annual Montana History Conference. Special lectures, exhibit openings, curator tours, and family programs also enliven the year.

Can’t make it? Watch the archived recording on the MHS YouTube Channel as well as a variety of great presentations.

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March, 2024

Unless otherwise noted, recordings will be posted on the MTHS YouTube channel.

  • Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
    Mining Irish-American Lives
    Lewis & Clark Library
    120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena
    Book talk by Alan Noonan

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Alan Noonan will speak on the lives of Irish immigrants and the communities they formed in the American West. Drawing upon a diverse array of sources, including songs, poems, emigrant letters, and official records, his book Mining Irish-American Lives explores the rich and complex experiences of Irish immigrants in the American mining industry. Noonan is an independent historian from Cork, Ireland, and earned his PhD in history from University College Cork in 2013.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 p.m.
    50 Things I Know about Montana History
    Touchmark
    915 Saddle Dr, Helena
    Presentation by Kirby Lambert

    For almost thirty-seven years, Kirby Lambert worked at the Montana Historical Society in a variety of capacities, as registrar, curator, educator, and program manager. No matter his position, Lambert was continually delighted by his ongoing exposure to Montana’s colorful history. Join him as he shares fifty insights—sometimes serious, but more often not—in a fast-paced romp through the Treasure State’s past. This talk will not be recorded.

  • Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
    An Archaeological Perspective on High Altitude Stone Alignments
    Lewis & Clark Library
    120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena
    Presentation by Jen Ryan

    The rich history of this region goes back thousands of years before Montana became a state. Join U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jen Ryan for a presentation on her current research into high altitude stone alignments, unique rock features that are located primarily on ridgetops. Ryan will share an archaeological perspective on how these provide information about people’s use of and movement across mountainous areas in the past.


To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Laura Marsh at (406) 444-4789 or laura.marsh@mt.gov.