Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History


Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events


2023 History Conference

Mark your calendar now for Building on the Past, the 50th annual Montana History Conference, September 28-30, 2023 at the Delta Hotels Colonial in Helena.

As we eagerly await completion of our new museum addition, we’ll be looking back on 49 years of gathering to talk about Montana history, while contemplating a wide range of fascinating Montana history topics. Proposals for lecture, interview, panel, and roundtable sessions will be accepted between January 4 and March 5.

If you missed our previous History Conferences, you can find the past conference programs or listen to session recordings here.


2023 History Conference Save the Date Card

Educator Workshops


Online Professional Development

Join fellow educators for discussions about resources for teaching Montana history and Indian Education for All and integrating tech and social studies. Sessions will be held the second Monday of the month January-March from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees may earn one OPI renewal unit.

January 9, 2023: Place Based Learning/Local Studies, led by 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken

Students should be able to see themselves in the curriculum.  One of the best ways to do this place-based education, which helps students create relevant and tangible background knowledge by looking for history in their own family, backyard and community.  If we want our students to grow up to be good citizens, we must first teach them how to be good neighbors.  This requires perspective and student-led research in their local history.  This session will provide ready-to-apply tips on how to implement placed-based education with local history! Register here.

Find archived Professional Development, which can also be taken for renewal credits, on our Professional Development page.


Bring a Montana Teacher Leader to Your Community!

Take advantage of our extraordinary Teacher Leaders in History program. Eleven elementary and middle school teachers from across the state, who have received training on the Montana Historical Society resources and are versed in best practices for history education, are available to provide professional development. Looking for a presenter at your school? Learn more.


Check Out Our Professional Development

Take a guided tour of MHS's Educator Resources or explore the Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons and the Montana History in 9 MORE Easy Lessons lecture series. Learn more.