Montana Historical Society

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Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events

2021 Montana History Conference —A Blast from the Past! Mining Montana History

The 48th Annual Montana History Conference will be held in Butte, September 23-25.

Attention! The Thursday and Friday night Copper Tailings Hauntings tours have both sold out. Therefore, we have added a Saturday night option beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night’s tour is not listed in the program but you can select it on the registration form. For questions, phone 406-444-4741.

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As in past years, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholarships will be available for college students and teachers for this year's history conference. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

If you missed our previous History Conferences , you can listen to our session recordings .


Ready to Blast, 1,900 feet under the Butte Post Office

Ready to Blast, 1,900 feet under the Butte Post Office (detail), by N. A. Forsyth, ca. 1901–1911 ST 001.168

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

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Educator Workshops

2021 Online Professional Development

Join us the second Wednesdays of the month, from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for an hour of interactive professional development, and earn one OPI Renewal Credit

October 13: Diving into the New Social Studies Standards

Join with other teachers to explore the new Social Studies content standards, focus on the ones that are relevant to the grades you teach, and learn how the new social studies skills standards overlap, or complement, the standards for other academic disciplines. Register here before October 12 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

November 10: Hooks!

Back by popular demand! Last year’s session on Hooks was the overwhelming crowd favorite, so we thought we’d do it again. Bring your best strategies for engaging students to share and/or come to learn what has worked in your colleagues’ classrooms. Register here before November 9 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

December 8: Explore the Montana Memory Project

Join Montana Memory Project Director Jennifer Birnel for a tour of the new Montana Memory Project website, and learn how you can find primary sources to use in your classroom—from historical photographs and yearbooks to cattle brands and reminiscences. Then join in a discussion of best practices for introducing primary sources to students. Register here before December 7 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

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 Online 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.