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 12:00 p.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.


May 2022


The Montana Constitution at Fifty

Every Thursday in May, from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., the Montana Historical Society will examine the history, legacy, and impact of the 1972 Montana State Constitution. All presentations are in the MHS auditorium and livestreamed on the MHS YouTube Channel.

  • Thursday, May 26, 4:30 p.m.
    Before and After the Montana Constitution of 1972
    A panel discussion with Bob Brown and Dorothy Bradley, moderated by Evan Barrett

    Bob Brown and Dorothy Bradley served in the Montana state legislature before and after the passage of the 1972 Constitution. Constitutional historian Evan Barrett will moderate a panel discussion with Bradley and Brown, as they discuss their memories of how constitutional provisions surrounding the public’s right to know and participate in governmental proceedings transformed Montana politics. Brown and Bradley will also talk about work the legislature engaged in to align Montana law to the new constitutional mandates, including the passage of laws designed to implement the new constitution’s promise of “equal protection,” and the prohibition of discrimination based on “race, color, sex, culture, social origin or condition, or political or religious ideas.””

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


June 2022


  • “We The People”: The Making of a Constitution
    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1972 Constitutional Convention

    June 15-16, State Capitol – Helena Montana

    Join the Constitutional Convention delegates, their descendants, legal scholars, political luminaries, historians, ConCon staffers, policy experts, and others for an exploration and celebration of Montana’s Constitution on the fiftieth anniversary of the Constitutional Convention.

    The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on June 15 with welcoming remarks from Governor Gianforte and others, followed by a roll call of delegates and remarks from delegates and their descendants. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer will speak as participants enjoy a box lunch before an afternoon of panel discussions on How the 1972 Constitution Came to Be and The Citizens’ Right to Know and Participate in Government. A reception at the Montana Historical Society at 5:15 marks the end of Day 1.

    June 16 features a full day of panel discussions, including The Basic Rule of Law: The Backbone of a Constitution; Natural Resources, Water, and the Right to a Clean and Healthful Environment; Native American Perspectives on the Montana Constitution; Montana’s Unique and Comprehensive Declaration of Rights; Revenue and Taxation; Education and Public Lands; and, Hope and Vision for Future Generations under the Montana Constitution.

    Find the full agenda here. Attendance is free (except for optional box lunches) but registration is encouraged. Register here.

    Organized by the Constitutional Convention Celebration Committee and Cosponsored by the Montana Historical Society

  • Saturday, June 18
    Celebrate Juneteenth at the Montana Historical Society!

    The Montana Historical Society is hosting a three-part Juneteenth celebration on June 18 starting at 1:30 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. The nation’s newest federal holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U. S. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people learned that they had been declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Afternoon activities include a lecture and book signing, a presentation led by Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, an ice-cream social, and a guided African American heritage tour around Helena. The public is invited to attend one or all three programs. Find the full agenda 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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