Montana Historical Society

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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 afternoons at 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays and a summer break). The Friends of the Montana Historical Society sponsor public programs the third Wednesday of each month, September through April (excluding November and December) at 10:45 a.m. 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 livestream or find the archived recording on the MHS YouTube Channel.


January 2022


  • Wednesday, January 19th, 10:45 a.m.
    Capital Views: Jorud’s Earliest Photographs
    With Jeff Malcomson

    The work of Helena photographer Les Jorud provides an unparalleled view of Montana’s capital city beginning in the 1910s through the 1950s. In the first part of a series he’s calling “Capital Views,” MHS Photograph Archives Manager Jeff Malcomson will share some of his favorite early Jorud photos, taken before Jorud was twenty years old, which are now preserved at the Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives. Malcomson will use these images to contemplate the changing landscapes and people of Helena, Montana, during the first part of the twentieth century.

  • Thursday, January 20th, 4:30 p.m.
    Scandal At the Montana State Highway Commission
    With John Axline

    When Governor Elmer Holt accused the state highway commissioners of malfeasance in 1936, it sparked an ugly process that eventually involved the Montana Supreme Court and a Helena newspaper reporter named Paul Maclean, who was later made famous in A River Runs through It. Montana Department of Transportation Jon Axline will reveal all.

  • Thursday, January 27th, 4:30 p.m.
    Battle for Butte Journalism: From Mining and News to Mining, News, Politics and Power
    With Charles Rankin

    In his Battle for Butte the now-classic history of Montana’s war of the Copper Kings, Mike Malone identified 1883-1884 as the beginning of big money’s domination of Butte’s mining and politics. Dr. Charles Rankin will argue that, while such domination of Montana journalism did originate in Butte, however, the roots of that influence came years earlier, amid a raucous, more chaotic time for Mining City newspapers.

See a listing of all Montana Historical Society public programs and events for January 2022 here.


Check out the Montana Historical Society's YouTube channel for a variety of great presentations.

The Montana Historical Society's Research Center offers a variety of Programs on an ongoing basis. Contact them at mhslibrary@mt.gov.

To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Deb Mitchell at (406) 444-4789 or dmitchell@mt.gov.

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