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 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.


February 2023


NOTE: All presentations are at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena and archived on the MTHS YouTube Channel unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
    The Chop House Affair and Beyond: Race and Legislation in Montana
    Presentation by Kate Hampton

    In recognition of Black History Month, director of the Montana Historical Society’s Montana’s African American Heritage Resources Project Kate Hampton will discuss the history of several Montana laws that affected how Black residents were able to participate in society. Since the establishment of Montana Territory in 1864 through the present day, Montana has enforced laws and policies designed to address—sometimes to limit and sometimes to protect—the rights of minority populations. State and local authorities codified and regulated discriminatory policies regarding members of the state’s Black, Native American, Chinese, and Japanese communities. Hampton’s talk will provide an overview of some of those legal and regulatory acts that affected African Americans in particular.

  • Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
    Invention of the Holter Heart Monitor and Remembering Bill Glasscock
    Presentation by Liz Gunderson

    Jeff Holter established the Holter Research Laboratory in Helena in 1948 and developed the Holter Heart Monitor through the 1950s. It is now used worldwide to detect cardiac problems. What is not widely appreciated is that the work could not have proceeded without the electronics expertise of Holter’s co-inventor Bill Glasscock. Dr Liz Gundersen, retired Helena pediatrician, will share the research she conducted in the MTHS archives and photograph collections on the Holter Lab and both Holter and Glasscock while working on an ExplorationWorks Science Museum exhibit honoring both men.

See a listing of all Montana Historical Society public programs and events for February 2023 here.


March 2023


  • Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.
    Gallery of Outstanding Montanans Induction Ceremony
    Montana State Capitol Rotunda

    Governor Gianforte and the Montana Historical Society invite you to join us as we honor Dolly Smith Cusker Akers and Ivan Doig upon their induction into Gallery of Outstanding Montanans. Click here for more information.


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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