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.

If you missed any of these informative programs, you can still watch them on our YouTube channel!

October 2021

  • Wednesday, October 20, 10:45 a.m.
    The Enigmatic Art of Voldemar Podder
    With Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney

    Voldemar Podder—who was displaced from his native Estonia during World War II—spent twelve years in various European refugee camps where he learned to paint. Always continuing his artwork, he immigrated to the United States in 1956, landing first in Warm Springs, then, in 1963, relocating to Butte. Podder was a prolific artist whose unique and enigmatic style reflects the life he lived and the people he knew. Join MHS senior curator Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney as she shares the story of this once well-known Mining City artist whose work has a home at the Montana Historical Society.

  • Thursday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.
    Picture Perfect: Highlights from the Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives
    With Jeff Malcomson

    Photograph archives manager Jeff Malcomson will provide an overview of the MHS Photograph Archives by reviewing the repository’s development over the years and surveying seven of its major collections. He will share dozens of photographs from Society’s holdings of approximately one million images, and also reveal current and future projects for the Photo Archives.

  • Thursday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.
    All the Sign Text That Isn’t Fit to Print
    With Christine Brown

    Since 1990, property owners have placed more than 1,700 Montana Historical Society National Register signs at historically significant properties around the state. While these signs tell important stories about the property’s history and architecture, a strict word count and owner discretion often prohibit telling some sad, spooky, and scandalous stories. In this seasonally appropriate presentation MHS interpretive historian Christine Brown will highlight intriguing,silly, sometimes macabre, and tragic stories that never made it onto various National Register signs. These stories left on the cutting room floor range from abusive husbands and powerful widows to suicide, robbery, and runaway horses. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

See a listing of all Montana Historical Society public programs and events for October 2021 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

To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Kirby Lambert at (406) 444-4741 or

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