Montana Historical Society Press


MHS Press publishes regional books on the history and cultural resources of Montana. Book titles with asterisks (*) are available as ebooks from most major online ebook retailers.

The award-winning quarterly, Montana The Magazine of Western History, contains articles on the history of Montana and the West. Search the magazine index for a more comprehensive catalog of articles. To obtain prices and/or purchase back issues, email or call (406) 444-4708. Copies may also be available at your local library or the MHS Research Center.

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The Art of Charlie Russell

Created: Wednesday, April 7, 1926

Postcards from the Montana Historical Society

The Montana Historical Society's collection represents Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell's most iconic work, from the earliest drawings sketched while working as a cowhand to his last masterpiece, left unfinished at the time of this death in 1925. The selection featured here offers a sample of Russell's best-known oils, watercolors, letters, and sculptures, as well as photographs of the artist and his life. Each postcard is perforated; tear them out and mail them or keep them for your own enjoyment.

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Autobiography of Red Cloud*

Created: Sunday, February 7, 1926

War Leader of the Oglalas
edited by R. Eli Paul

A brilliant military strategist, Red Cloud honed his skills against his tribe's traditional enemies—the Pawnees, Shoshones, Arikaras, and Crows—long before he fought to close the Bozeman Trail. Here is Red Cloud's "as-told-to" autobiography, where he shares the story of his early years. This manuscript brings us closer than the historical record has yet allowed to understanding the life of one of the Sioux's greatest war leaders.

Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams*

Created: Friday, October 2, 1925

Montana Women's Stories
edited by Martha Kohl

The women featured in this book range from late 18th-century Indian women warriors to 21st-century Blackfeet banker Elouise Cobell. They span geography—from the western Montana women who worked for the Forest Service, to Miles City doctor Sadie Lindeberg. And they span ideology—from the members of the Montana Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, to the Women of the Ku Klux Klan. With grit and foresight, these women shaped Montana.

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Beyond Spirit Tailings*

Created: Friday, October 2, 1925

Montana's Mysteries, Ghosts, and Haunted Places
by Ellen Baumler

Ellen Baumler has again traversed the state, interviewing and researching to present history with a ghostly twist. Her first book, Spirit Tailings, introduced Montanans to their haunted past. Beyond Spirit Tailings again offers ghostly encounters from Montana's heritage places, but Baumler also branches out to explore such historical mysteries as the monster said to lurk in the deep waters of Flathead Lake, the power of an ancient object revered by native peoples, and a possible explanation for the suspicious death of Thomas Francis Meagher. Richly embroidered with Montana's unique historical legacy, these eerie and mysterious tales will leave you looking over your shoulder, sleeping with the lights on, and always craving more.

Beyond Spirit Tailings (audiobook)

Created: Friday, October 2, 1925

Montana's Mysteries, Ghosts, & Haunted Places
by Ellen Baumler and Philip Aaberg

In an exciting twist, Ellen Baumler's ever-popular historical ghost stories found an enthusiastic reader in world-famous composer Philip Aaberg. Inspired by the stories, he encouraged Ellen to produce an audio version of Beyond Spirit Tailings to which he could add his music. Ellen and Philip's spooky collaboration will evoke those places and images that make our imagination such a wonderful (and sometimes unearthly) destination.

Border to Border

Created: Saturday, May 9, 1925

Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana
by Annie Hanshew
introduction by Mary Murphy

The quilts featured in Border to Border chronicle Montana’s history over the last 150 years, telling stories of statehood, the struggle for women’s suffrage, two world wars, the Great Depression, and the recent past. This heavily illustrated book showcases unique and interesting Montana quilts and describes the life and times of the extraordinary people who created them.

Border to Border deftly and seamlessly stitches together the specifics of Montana’s history and the diversity of its women’s artistry. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully written, this book is a ‘must own’!”
—Janet Catherine Berlo, author of Quilting Lessons and Wild by Design

Border to Border is exactly what a quilt survey publication should be. Like a splendid antique quilt the book has bold impact, delicate detail and a story to tell. Dazzling quilts and first class photographs capture the history of a sprawling state with a variety of cultures.”
—Barbara Brackman, author of Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and Encyclopedia of Appliqué

Bound for Montana

Created: Wednesday, May 6, 1925

Diaries from the Bozeman Trail
edited by Susan Badger Doyle

On May 14, 1866, Perry Burgess summed up the expectations and hopes of countless westering Americans when he wrote in his diary: "packed up and started on our journey toward the land of gold." Here are stories of the prospectors, freighters, wives, and merchants who, like Burgess, traveled the Bozeman Trail in search of fortune, adventure, or a new life. A shortcut from the Platte River Road to the Montana goldfields, the Bozeman Trail was relatively short in length—less than five hundred miles—yet it has the enduring distinction of being the last great overland emigrant trail in the American West. Encounter the trail as it was experienced by seven travelers: the leader of a company of Michigan men who traveled with one of the first groups to cross it; a new bride traveling with her husband; two young men—a store clerk and a typesetter—for whom the trip was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure; a prospector out to make his fortune in the West; a sober Civil War veteran concerned about the possibility of Indian attack; and the supervisor of a freight train who found time to write despite his heavy responsibilities. Join their journey through these annotated diaries, and discover the dangers and pleasures, frustrations and joys of travel on the Bozeman Trail.

Charlie Russell Roundup

Created: Friday, September 26, 1924

Essays on America's Favorite Cowboy Artist
edited and with an introduction by Brian W. Dippie

Illustrated with black-and-white and color illustrations—including a never before reproduced Russell painting—Charlie Russell Roundup contains many of the best stories and critical thinking on Russell, an artist who portrayed the Old West in all its vibrancy. Early press accounts of the cowboy artist, reminiscences by his friends and fellow artists, interpretive and biographical studies, and a few words from Russell himself are all included in this engaging anthology. Fresh insights into the man and his art, and his enduring legend are enhanced by historic photographs and a large sampling of Russell's work.

Brian W. Dippie is Professor of History at University of British Columbia, Victoria, editor of Charles M. Russell, Word Painter, and author of Looking at Russell and West-Fever, as well as many other books.

Christmastime in Montana*

Created: Tuesday, September 9, 1924

edited by Dave Walter

An entertaining assortment of Christmas memoirs, newspaper accounts and editorials, poems, and menus collected from the vast archives of the Montana Historical Society, Christmastime in Montana connects readers to the state's rich and varied history through celebrations of Christmas day. From shoot-outs and dances in Virginia City to the finery of a Billings hotel, from dinner with friends to visits from Santa, from lonely nights away from home to joyful family celebrations, Christmastime in Montana examines nearly two centuries of Montana history through observances of this sacred day. Spend Christmas with Montana's early prospectors, ranchers, and homesteaders, and learn how Montanans came together to make Christmas bright. Including handsome historic photographs and illustrations, Christmastime in Montana is a great way to preserve your family's attachment to Montana's past. It is the book of Christmas for all Montanans and Montanans at heart.

Conveniences Sorely Needed*

Created: Tuesday, May 13, 1924

Montana's Historic Highway Bridges, 1860–1956
by Jon Axline

Old bridges do more than just span rivers. They provide an important historical connection between the hopes and dreams of the people who built them and those who continue to benefit from their use today. Montana's historic highway bridges are symbols of the cooperative spirit that led to the economic and social stability of communities throughout the Big Sky Country for over a century. Other bridges, such as those built during the Great Depression, are physical reminders of significant periods in American history and tell stories about the breadth of Montana's transportation past. Nonetheless all are representatives of the best in engineering practices and are testaments to the science of practical bridge design. From the aesthetically delightful Fort Benton Bridge to the more mundane Fred Robinson Bridge in the Missouri Breaks Country, Montana's bridges signify the best in American bridge engineering. Today, Montana's bridges are a visible, often overlooked, and fast disappearing part of the state's historic landscape. Yet the story they tell is significant to understanding the dynamics of Montana's development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the optimism many had in its future.

192 pages, 80 illus., maps, index Buy it now!
paper, ISBN 0-9721522-6-1, $22.00
cloth, ISBN 0-9721522-5-3, $39.95
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Copper Chorus

Created: Sunday, May 11, 1924

Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889–1959
by Dennis Swibold

Copper Chorus is the colorful story of how a ruthless mining company secretly bought control of Montana's major daily press—and eventually gave it up. The work also reveals the costs paid by owners and their journalists, whose credibility eroded as their increasingly constricted newspapers lapsed into ambivalence and indifference. The story offers a timeless study of the conflict between commerce and the notion of a free and independent press.

Cowboy Trout*

Created: Sunday, May 4, 1924

Western Fly Fishing As If It Matters
by Paul Schullery

In Cowboy Trout, historian-angler Paul Schullery chronicles many great moments in western fly fishing, from pioneer anglers casting the first flies on wilderness streams to the unexpected modern emergence of fly fishing as a political, commercial, and even spiritual presence in the lives of many westerners.

Evelyn Cameron's Montana

Created: Saturday, August 5, 1922

Postcards from the Montana Historical Society

Born to a wealthy British family, Evelyn Cameron came to Montana in 1893 to raise polo ponies. Her crisp photographs capture the rhythms of western life. Each postcard is perforated; tear them out and mail them or keep them as souvenirs of your own Montana experience.

Frontier Soldier*

Created: Tuesday, April 12, 1921

An Enlisted Man's Journal of the Sioux and Nez Perce Campaigns
by William F. Zimmer
edited by Jerome A. Greene

"Not many enlisted men recorded their adventures in Indian warfare. Still fewer actually kept a journal to lend immediacy to their observations. Frontier Soldier is such a journal, by a literate private who left his story of plains warfare in a chronicle rich in detail. It is the richer for the annotations of Jerome A. Greene, whose understanding of the campaigns in which Zimmer marched is surpassed by few historians."
—Robert M. Utley, author of Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier

Girl from the Gulches*

Created: Monday, August 9, 1920

The Story of Mary Ronan
as told to Margaret Ronan
edited by Ellen Baumler

"One of the most important personal recollections of Montana's mining frontier."
—Mary Clearman Blew, author of Bone Deep in Landscape

A covered wagon on a dim road, the promise of a long journey, and the wonder of what lay ahead filled the shadowy spaces of Mary Sheehan Ronan's earliest memories. By the time she was a married woman in her twenties, she was a well-seasoned pioneer, having crossed most of the country and retraced her steps back across a third of it. Ronan tells her story in this highly readable, entertaining account of one woman's life in the West during the second half of the nineteenth century. This detailed memoir recalls a girl's growing up on the Montana mining frontier, her ascent to young womanhood on a farm in southern California, her experiences as a student in a Los Angeles convent school, her return to Montana as a bride, and her life on the Flathead Indian Reservation as wife of the Indian agent. The exhilaration of a forbidden sled ride, the creaking of the hangman's rope, her father giving the last of their water to his dying mule—these things Ronan remembers with vivid clarity. A highly entertaining account, Girl from the Gulches' unique perspective is a joy to read.

Hand Raised

Created: Saturday, December 13, 1919

The Barns of Montana
by Chere Jiusto and Christine W. Brown
photographs by Tom Ferris

Symbols of the agricultural settlement that transformed Montana’s landscape and culture, barns bring to mind images of people drawing their living from the land. Stone barns, round barns, ethnic barns, dairy barns, some veritable castles for racehorses, others hewn from rough logs—they were all built to serve utilitarian purposes: sheltering livestock and storing crops and equipment. As these hand­crafted buildings reach a venerable age, some of them having survived a hundred years and more, we recognize them not only for their utility but also for their beauty. Photographer Tom Ferris’s color images capture the barns’ majestic exteriors as well as telling details of their construction, use, and preservation. The photographs are accompanied by stories of individual barns and their builders. Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana recognizes these invaluable buildings, encourages their preservation, and honors the ranch and farm families that built them.

The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana,...

Created: Friday, August 8, 1919

2nd ed.
by David Miller, Dennis Smith, Joseph McGeshick, James Shanley, and Caleb Shields

The first comprehensive history of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation commissioned by the tribes themselves, The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, 1600–2012 is an authoritative scholarly exploration of the struggles and triumphs of the Native Americans who were relegated by the federal government to a small portion of northeast Montana in the late 1880s. Written by five scholars of Native American studies, many of whom are native themselves, the narrative tracks the tribes from precontact with whites through the brutal early reservation period, two world wars, the turbulent 1960s, and into the 21st century. Drawn mostly from primary sources, including federal archives and private materials, this book is a benchmark in the publication of tribal histories with a native point of view. Copublished with Fort Peck Community College.

Hope in Hard Times*

Created: Sunday, May 11, 1919

New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936–1942
by Mary Murphy
Winner of the 2003 Montana Book Award

In the 1930s and 1940s, four Farm Security Administration photographers were detailed to Montana to document the effects of the Depression on the state. The four—Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee, and John Vachon—captured the many facets of the Depression in Montana: rural and urban, agricultural and industrial, work and play, hard times and the promise of a brighter future. Men and women who became some of America's best-known photographers, Rothstein, Wolcott, Lee, and Vachon's photographs are both stunning pieces of art and important historical documents. Today these striking images present an unforgettable portrait of a little-studied period in the history of Montana. Selected from the FSA Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the photographs in Hope in Hard Times offer viewers an unparalleled look at life in Montana in the years preceding the United States' entry into World War II.

I Do

Created: Tuesday, November 12, 1918

A Cultural History of Montana Weddings
by Martha Kohl

Weddings make for great stories—the woman who escaped from her bedroom window to run off with a neighboring rancher; the priest who planned to combine eighth-grade graduation with a wedding mass; the couple who courted for years by mail before managing to overcome the vast distance that separated them; the wedding guests who played cards while waiting for the bride’s grandparents to arrive on a delayed train; the mail-order bride who jilted the man who sent for her; the couple who married on the main pavilion of the 1905 Flathead County Fair; the couple who exchanged their vows at a Great Falls gun show.

Through these stories, I Do tells of wedding traditions as diverse as the couples who live and marry in the West: traditions of Finnish homesteaders, Chinese restaurateurs, Métis fiddlers, Irish miners, Blackfeet students, and Jewish merchants. But whether couples married in a cathedral or an isolated cabin, in 1860 or one hundred years later, their stories offer a unique—and intimate—view of the past.

Coyote Stories of the Montana Salish Indians

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
Developed by the Salish Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Three Coyote tales—"Coyote Gets Lovesick," "Coyote and Raven," and "Coyote's Dry Meat Turns into Live Deer"—are told and illustrated by members of the Salish Indian tribe. The tribe historically lived in the mountains and plains of Montana and now makes its home on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana. The Salish have long taught their youth through stories, including stories about Coyote the Trickster. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, and written at a fourth grade reading level, these ancient Coyote stories are now available to a new generation of children everywhere. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

How Marten Got His Spots and Other Kootenai Indian Stories

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
Kootenai Culture Committee
illustrated by Debbie Joseph Finley and Howard Kallowatt, Jr.

Recorded by Kootenai elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists from the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, these Kootenai stories were originally intended to help educate young tribal members about their history and culture. The collection includes "How Marten Got His Spots," in which Marten learns a hard lesson in obedience; "Coyote and Trout," in which Coyote learns the consequences of greed; "Little Weasel's Dream," in which the child Little Weasel learns the importance of listening to his elders; and "Tepee Making," an illustrated lesson in tepee construction. For centuries, Kootenai children and adults gathered on cold, dark winter nights to listen and learn from stories like these. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

How the Morning and Evening Stars Came to Be and Other Assiniboine Indian Stories

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
by Jerome Fourstar and Richard Blue Talk

Including three stories from the Indian Reading Series, a collection of authentic material cooperatively developed by Indian people, How the Morning and Evening Stars Came to Be includes explanatory and cautionary tales from the Assinboine tribe, a tribe whose members are now located primarily on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations in northern Montana. Recorded by Indian storytellers and illustrated by Indian artists, these traditional tales have been handed down for generations and were designed to teach young tribal members Assiniboine history and culture. Perfect for reluctant readers, these high interest stories will appeal to anyone who is interested in exploring the world of the Assiniboines. Copublished with Fort Peck Tribal Library.

How the Summer Season Came and Other Assiniboine Indian Stories

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
by Jerome Fourstar, Isabel Shields, George Shields, Sr., et al.

Recorded by Assiniboine storytellers and illustrated by Indian artists from the Fort Peck reservation in northern Montana, these Assiniboine stories were originally intended to help educate young tribal members about their history and culture. Enter into the legendary world of the Assiniboine through six traditional tales: "How the Summer Season Came"; "Assiniboine Woman Making Grease"; "Indian Love Story"; "How the Big Dipper and North Star Came to Be"; "True Story of a Ghost"; and "Duckhead Necklace." Copublished with Fort Peck Tribal Library.

Mary Quequesah's Love Story: A Pend d'Oreille Indian Tale

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
told by Pete Beaverhead
by the Salish Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

In Mary Quequesah's Love Story, a tale from the buffalo-hunting era of the nineteenth century, Mary Quequesah confronts the difficulties of love. After Mary's husband leaves her, a wise old woman dreams of her sorrow and tells her how to win him back.
Elegant woodcuts by noted Native American artist Dwight BilleDeaux accompany this complex story, which, while written at a fifth-grade reading level, will speak to readers of all ages. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

Owl's Eyes and Seeking a Spirit: Kootenai Indian Stories

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

These Kootenai Indian stories were recorded by Kootenai elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists from the Flathead Indian Reservation. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

The Turtle Who Went to War and Other Sioux Stories

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
by Eunice Alfrey, Ann Lambert, Lavina Perry, and George Whitebird

The Turtle Who Went to War includes five stories from the Indian Reading Series, a collection of authentic material cooperatively developed by Indian people. These traditional Sioux tales, originally designed to help educate young tribal members about their history and culture, include elements of friendship, bravery, loyalty and revenge. Recorded by Indian storytellers and illustrated by Indian artists, these high interest stories are perfect for reluctant readers and offer a fascinating way for readers of all ages to learn about the Sioux. Copublished with Fort Peck Tribal Library.

"I Will Be Meat for My Salish"

Created: Saturday, January 19, 1918

The Buffalo and the Montana Writers Project Interviews on the Flathead Indian Reservation
by Bon I. Whealdon et al.
edited by Robert Bigart

The story of the Salish's relationship to the buffalo-including their role in protecting the species-is preserved in this collection, which includes all extant interviews from the Montana Writers Project conducted on the Flathead Reservation. These firsthand accounts of Salish elders-legends, information about traditional lifeways, biographies of important figures on the reservation, and most of all buffalo-offer a glimpse into tribal life as it was lived in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

Jeannette Rankin, America's Conscience*

Created: Friday, October 26, 1917

by Norma Smith
preface by Joan Hoff
introduction by Kathryn Anderson

Suffragist, social worker, first woman elected to the United States Congress, lifelong peace activist, and tireless advocate for political reform, Jeannette Rankin is often remembered as the woman who voted "No" to the United States' involvement in both world wars. Rankin's determined voice shines in this biography, written by her friend, Norma Smith.


Created: Wednesday, October 20, 1915

New Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn
edited by Charles E. Rankin

In this collection of essays from the 1994 Little Bighorn Legacy Symposium, an astounding array of scholars discuss the battle's context, historical significance, and cultural impact from both white and Native American perspectives. Contributors include Richard A. Fox, Jr., Paul Andrew Hutton, Edward T. Linenthal, and Richard S. Slotkin. Essays examine such diverse topics as the environmental context of the northern plains, new archaeological discoveries about the battle, Custer in art and the movies, and the battle's symbolic legacy.


Created: Saturday, December 5, 1914

The Lives and Battles of Montana's Political Legends
by John Morrison and Catherine Wright Morrison

Born of admiration for the careers and contributions of Montana's distinguished public leaders and concern for the effective conduct of public affairs, Mavericks offers readers a look at Montana's remarkable political heritage. The lives and careers of Montana's political giants—Joseph K. Toole, Ella Knowles, Joseph M. Dixon, Thomas Walsh, Jeannette Rankin, Burton K. Wheeler, James E. Murray, Mike Mansfield, and Lee Metcalf—are inextricably interwoven with Montana political history. Their careers were launched and their values hewn by a state rich with populism, progressivism, and activism. At a time when Americans search for reasons to reinvolve themselves in government, the stories of these nine politicians remind us of the qualities that underpin effective leadership. This is essential reading for Montanans, those interested in the dynamics of politics, and general readers wishing to gain a greater understanding of our nation's political heritage as exemplified in the lives of nine dedicated individuals.

Mining Childhood*

Created: Thursday, August 13, 1914

Growing Up in Butte, Montana, 1900–1960
by Janet L. Finn

Mining Childhood offers a child’s-eye view of Butte, Montana, from 1900 to 1960, the years of Butte’s fame as the “Richest Hill on Earth.” Children were keen observers and active participants in community life, and childhood accounts of work, play, family, schooling, ethnicity, and neighborhood life offer fresh perspectives on Butte. These stories remind us that children were not sheltered from the “adult” world around them; rather, they were shapers of that world.

Montana: Stories of the Land

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

by Krys Holmes

"Montana: Stories of the Land includes the 'Indian side of the story.' It offers Indians' perspectives not just on the settlement era of Montana history, but on the Depression, World War II, and the 1972 Constitutional Convention. . . . This text tells all the stories of the land."
—Professor Walter C. Fleming, Chair of the Native American Studies Department, MSU

Accurate, inclusive, engaging, and up-to-date, Montana: Stories of the Land is the ideal Montana history textbook for 7th and 8th grade. Reviewed by both content experts and classroom teachers, it is aligned to Montana Content Standards for Social Studies and the Essential Understandings regarding Montana Indians.

A Guide to Historic Virginia City*

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 1
by Marilyn Grant

The gold-rush-era town of Virginia City, purchased by the State of Montana to preserve for posterity, makes a fitting first subject for the Montana Mainstreets series. Once it was Montana's acting territorial capital and the center of trade for Alder Gulch, the site of the richest placer mines in the world, but Virginia City became a town almost frozen in time once gold deposits played out and the state capital moved to Helena in 1889. Today, Virginia City attracts visitors from all over the world, who marvel at its intact architecture. If walking down Virginia City's streets is like a trip backwards in time, the road map for that journey is Guide to Historic Virginia City.

A Guide to Historic Glendive

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 2
by Montana Historical Society

Rooted in the railroad and ranching industries, Glendive lies in the lower Yellowstone Valley about thirty miles from the North Dakota border in southeastern Montana. First and foremost a railroad town, Glendive's development and architecture reflect its Northern Pacific heritage and the spirit of its residents. Discover the history of "Gate City" of the Yellowstone Valley in this lively guide to Glendive's historic buildings.

A Guide to Historic Lewistown

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 3
by Ellen and Ken Sievert

In the geographic center of Montana sits Lewistown, whose rich history is still reflected in today's streets. A testament to the homesteading boom at the turn of the century, Lewistown grew with the surrounding communities. A service center, rail stop, and county seat, its population tripled between 1900 and 1910, then doubled again by 1920. The architectural heritage of this homesteading community awaits your discovery, on the streets of Lewistown.

A Guide to Historic Hamilton

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 4
by Chere Jiusto

Founded in 1890 against the backdrop of the lush Bitterroot Valley, the town of Hamilton's history revolves around timber, the railroad, and agriculture. Hamilton owes its early history to copper baron Marcus Daly, whose Anaconda Company sawmill and private Bitter Root Stock Farm dominated the community through the late nineteenth century. The drama of the twentieth-century apple boom and the saga of the battle to cure Rocky Mountain tick fever enrich the town's more recent past. Drawing the reader into the historical mosaic that is Hamilton, Montana, with architectural and historical information on town and valley history, buildings and historic sites, this guide is a treat for all those who would explore "the jewel of the Bitterroot."

A Guide to Historic Kalispell

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 5
by Kathryn McKay

Founded in 1891 as a railroad town for the transcontinental Great Northern Railway, Kalispell, Montana, faced bitter disappointment when the railroad relocated its route to the north in 1904. Most towns suffering similar fates fell into decline, but not Kalispell, which had become Flathead County seat in 1894, remained a trade center of a large area, and later became a gateway to Glacier National Park. Discover the history and architecture of this leading town of northwest Montana.

A Guide to Historic Missoula*

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 6
by Allan James Mathews
Winner of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History

Situated west of the Continental Divide, the town of Missoula started in 1860 as a trading post called Hellgate. Supplying miners with produce, flour, other trade goods, and later with lumber was Missoula's early reason for being. Its designation as county seat in 1866 and the arrival of the Northern Pacific in 1883 and the Milwaukee Road in 1909 cemented the community's role as a center of commerce. Its economy diversified further when it became home to the state university—now called University of Montana—in 1895 and the U.S. Forest Service's regional district headquarters for the Rocky Mountains in 1908. With a flourishing downtown district and well-preserved historic homes, Missoula's streetscapes today reflect the town's abundant history, thanks, in part, to a successful historic preservation program that has preserved the community's rich architectural legacy. Explore Missoula's buildings, parks, and historic sites through this guide.

A Guide to Historic Bozeman

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Montana Mainstreets, Volume 7
by Jim Jenks

Founded in the 1860s on an important emigrant route to the territory's gold camps, Bozeman, Montana, grew rapidly from frontier farming settlement into a bustling center of commerce. The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 and the establishment of the Montana State College twenty years later secured the town's bright future. As Bozeman prospered, substantial buildings of brick and stone grew up along its Main Street and in its newly platted neighborhoods. Today, the town's historic center, substantial public buildings, and charming homes remain a vibrant part of the community. Discover Bozeman's rich history and architectural heritage through this lively guide.

Montana Moments*

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

History on the Go
by Ellen Baumler

“The pages of Montana Moments overflow with enjoyable historical vignettes that cover nearly everything important that’s happened in Montana’s history. Newcomers will find an excellent introduction to what makes Montana tick, while Baumler’s careful research and entertaining writing style will delight old-timers.
—Harry Fritz, University of Montana, Missoula

Forget dreary dates and boring facts. Montana Moments distills the most funny, bizarre, and interesting stories from Montana’s history into pure entertainment. Meet the colorful cast of the famous and not-so-famous desperadoes, vigilantes, madams, and darned good men and women (and a few critters) who made the state’s history. You’ll get a laugh from the transient vaudevillian who wrote the state song. Captain James C. Kerr’s tale of the Flathead Lake monster might make you shiver. No matter your reaction, you’ll have fun exploring Montana—so enjoy a little history as you go.

Montana Native Plants & Early Peoples

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

by Jeff Hart
Illustrated by Jacqueline Moore

From Alder to Yellowbells, sixty native Montana plants are featured in this fascinating and informative guide, now in a new, easy-to-use format. Learn how Native Americans and other early inhabitants of the area used these plants for food, medicine, and religious rituals. Each illustrated entry also gives a detailed description of the plant and its habitat and range.

Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

by the Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff

Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman explores the origins of more than 1,200 place names. Written by Montana Historical Society staff and drawing on the expertise of historians from around the state, this book includes entries describing towns and cities, geographic features, parks and battlefields, properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and more. The full-color map and extensive index help readers to pinpoint every place described, and historic images reveal the Montana of yesteryear.

Montana The Magazine of Western History: Comprehensive Index, 1951–1990

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

indexed and compiled by Douglas J. Easton

Since 1951, Montana has published well-researched, engaging articles. You can easily access fifty years’ worth of history with these invaluable reference tools. You’ll be able to look up every article, subject, photograph, work of art, author, and book review that appeared in the magazine between 1951 and 1900 in this first volume.

Montana The Magazine of Western History: Ten-Year Index, 1991–2000

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Since 1951, Montana has published well-researched, engaging articles. You can easily access fifty years’ worth of history with these invaluable reference tools. You’ll be able to look up every article, subject, photograph, work of art, author, and book review that appeared in the magazine between 1991 and 2000 in this second volume.

Montana's Charlie Russell

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society
by Jennifer Bottomly-O'looney and Kirby Lambert

Montana’s Charlie Russell brings to life the Montana Historical Society’s world-class collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronzes, and illustrated letters by the Treasure State’s famed “Cowboy Artist.” Using advanced digital technology, each of the 230 pieces in the Society’s permanent collection has been meticulously photographed to bring to life, in vivid color, Russell’s artistic mastery. Carefully researched scholarship illuminates the stories behind each artwork. The result is a catalog of Russell’s art as you’ve never seen it before—the Montana Historical Society’s world-class collection in the pages of Montana’s Charlie Russell.

Montana's Historical Highway Markers*

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

4th edition, available as ebook only
by Jon Axline

Remarkable stories from Montana’s historical highway markers combine with easy-to-follow maps, historical photos and sketches, and geological information to illuminate the paths of Montana’s past and present. This guidebook alerts travelers about places that merit a stop and allows them to read about the site at their leisure. But even if time is short, travelers can refer to descriptions and historical photographs to learn about Montana’s past as they journey across the state.

Montana's State Capitol

Created: Wednesday, May 13, 1914

The People's House
by Kirby Lambert, Patricia M. Burnham, and Susan R. Near

An imposing symbol, Montana's Capitol reflects the values and aspirations of the Treasure State's founders. Its neoclassical design echoes the architecture of early Greece and Rome, while the murals and statues that embellish the building's grand interior spaces commemorate important events and people in the state's history. Lavishly illustrated with both historic and modern photographs, Montana's State Capitol: The People's House provides a long overdue tribute to the crown jewel of Montana architecture. Essays explore the building of the Capitol and the creation of the sculpture and murals that adorn its halls-murals that include one of artist Charles M. Russell's most admired works. Published to honor the building on its centennial anniversary, Montana's State Capitol will provide readers with a fresh appreciation for this "Temple of Democracy."

More Montana Moments*

Created: Saturday, May 9, 1914

by Ellen Baumler

When Evelyn Cameron first rode into Miles City in the dark blue divided riding skirt she had ordered from California, oh, the scandal it caused. Ellen Baumler tells that story and more in this collection of the most funny, bizarre, and interesting episodes from Montana’s history.

Over a Century of Moving to the Drum

Created: Thursday, February 22, 1912

Salish Indian Celebrations on the Flathead Indian Reservation
by Johnny Arlee

For over a hundred years, the Arlee Fourth of July Celebration, or Powwow, on the Flathead Indian Reservation has brought people together to honor the traditions of the Salish. Over a Century of Moving to the Drum: Salish Indian Celebrations on the Flathead Indian Reservation, by Salish teacher and spiritual advisor Johnny Arlee, offers a tribute to this longstanding event. Lavishly illustrated with pen and ink sketches of powwow scenes and photographs of powwows in the 1940s, the main narrative is based on interviews Arlee conducted with Salish elders in the 1970s. Excerpts of the interviews—and interviews with modern powwow participants—round out the volume. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

People Before the Park*

Created: Thursday, October 12, 1911

The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park
by Sally Thompson, Kootenai Culture Committee & Pikunni Traditional Association

Step out of a world governed by clocks and calendars and into the world of the Kootenai and Blackfeet peoples, whose traditional territories included the area that is now Glacier National Park. In this book, the Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes share their traditions—stories and legends, foodways and hunting techniques, games and spiritual beliefs. Readers will discover a new respect for the people who were at home in the Crown of the Continent, all around the seasons.

The Red Corner*

Created: Saturday, October 23, 1909

The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana
by Verlaine Stoner McDonald

The Red Corner chronicles the meteoric rise and decline of Communism on the prairies of northeastern Montana. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Sheridan County boasted a government largely run by Communists, a Communist camp for local youth, and an official newspaper of the Communist Party USA—the Producers News. By the mid-1930s, however, Communist influence in the region had waned, and area residents soon came to regard the county’s embrace of Communism as a shameful period in its history.

Through meticulous research in newspaper accounts, oral histories, FBI reports, and internal Communist Party files, author Verlaine Stoner McDonald reveals the colorful stories of such influential local Communists as newspaper editor and state senator Charles E. “Red Flag” Taylor and his comrade, county sheriff Rodney Salisbury, who was allegedly involved in graft, prostitution, and bootlegging. In so doing, she offers insights into how this remote part of the West came to be home to one of the nation’s most successful rural Communist organizations and how it eventually rejected radicalism and reconstituted itself as a typical farming community.

Searching for Yellowstone*

Created: Monday, October 26, 1908

Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
by Paul Schullery

"In Searching for Yellowstone [Schullery] has given us a refreshingly unhyperbolic look at the place he loves, and has thus notably honored its beauty, its mystery, its people, its past—and its future."
—New York Times Book Review

Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness traces Yellowstone's social and ecological history from the Pleistocene to the present in a seminal work that the press is pleased to bring back into print.
Paul Schullery, the former director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, is the author of Lewis and Clark among the Grizzlies (2002) and coauthor with Lee Whittlesey of Yellowstone's Creation Myth (2003).

Smoke Wars

Created: Friday, June 12, 1908

Anaconda Copper, Montana Air Pollution, and the Courts, 1890–1924
by Donald MacMillan
introduction by William L. Lang

Smoke Wars traces the campaign against air pollution in southwestern Montana from the fight to abolish open-heap roasting—a process that created dense clouds of low-lying, noxious smoke and caused death rates in Butte to exceed those of New York City—to the battle against toxic emissions released from the great stacks of the Anaconda Reduction Works. This landmark environmental study raises issues of corporate responsibility, the rights of citizens, and the costs of industrialization, issues still hotly contested today.

Spirit Tailings*

Created: Monday, May 18, 1908

Ghost Tales from Virginia City, Butte, and Helena
by Ellen Baumler

If ghosts are the restless spirits of those who died violently or in a state of unreadiness, then Montana's violent frontier history explains the richness and depth of these haunting stories. This wonderful collection—based on oral testimony, diaries, journals, and newspaper accounts—presents an eerie history of the state's legendary mining towns. In addition to their ghoulish intrigue, these stories combine to provide new perspectives and a great appreciation for Montana's past.

A Tenderfoot in Montana*

Created: Sunday, October 13, 1907

Reminiscences of the Gold Rush, the Vigilantes, and the Birth of Montana Territory
by Francis M. Thompson
edited by Kenneth N. Owens

Frank Thompson's lively memoir details his experiences in the upper Missouri country at the beginning of the Montana gold rush. A young man at the outset of the Civil War, Thompson supported the Union cause but realized that military life was not for him. Turning to the frontier, he headed west from St. Louis in 1862, arriving aboard the first steamboat ever to reach Fort Benton, in what would later become Montana Territory. Thompson's sojourn was relatively brief—he returned east after only two and a half years. But in that time he hunted for gold, ran a Bannack City mercantile business, traveled to the Pacific Coast and back, served in Montana's first territorial legislature, and became a speculator in mining properties.

Thompson also formed a relationship with controversial sheriff Henry Plummer. Thompson knew the sheriff well, but he early stated his dark suspicions about the gold camp lawman. Drawing from his intimate knowledge of the circumstances and players involved, Thompson vividly describes one of the deadliest incidents of vigilante justice in U.S. history.

A self-styled tenderfoot, Frank Thompson recalls his days on the mining frontier with clarity and insight, making him an unmatched eyewitness for Montana's formative era.

A specialist in western history, Ken Owens is also the editor of Perilous Passage: A Narrative of the Montana Gold Rush by Edwin Ruthven Purple (Montana Historical Society Press, 1995) and a frequent contributor to Montana The Magazine of Western History.

Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires

Created: Tuesday, August 13, 1907

Railroads and Communities in Montana and the West
by Dale Martin

The railroad brought more to Montana and the West than passengers and a quicker way to get back to “civilization.” The coming of the “iron horse” revitalized existing towns, created new ones, and brought new jobs on the railroads and in the communities through which they passed. Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires provides a window into the lives of the railroad workers and local people who relied on the employment and services it offered. Meet the engineers, firemen, conductors, water tank operators, station agents, telegraphers, and section crews, as well as the town folk who came to count on the railroad for transportation near and far, sending and receiving freight, and moving the mail. The book includes stories about the railroads told by such western writers as Ivan Doig, Mary Clearman Blue, and Alice Munro, and features dozens of railroad-related historic photographs. Let Ties, Rails, and Telegraph Wires put a face and a place to “Waiting for a Train.”

Traveler's Guide to the Great Sioux War*

Created: Friday, April 26, 1907

The Battlefields, Forts, and Related Sites of America's Greatest Indian War
by Paul L. Hedren

Waged over the glitter of Black Hills gold, the Sioux War of 1876-77 transformed the entire northern plains from Indian and buffalo country to the domain of miners, cattlemen, and other Euramerican settlers. Keyed to official highway maps, this richly illustrated guide leads the traveler to virtually every principal landmark associated with the war, from Fort Phil Kearny where the Sioux besieged soldiers sent to guard the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s to Fort Buford, the site of Sitting Bull's surrender in 1881.

Treasure State Tycoon

Created: Monday, April 22, 1907

Nelson Story and the Making of Montana
by John C. Russell

This biography covers the sweeping scope of Nelson Story’s exciting life. Story came to Montana Territory in the 1860s, participated in the gold rush, drove longhorns from Texas, and was important in the development of Bozeman. Story’s ambitions made him a complicated figure. He had vision and entrepreneurial genius, but was a ruthless businessman, and willing to resort to violence to achieve his goals.

Wheel Boats on the Missouri

Created: Thursday, September 22, 1904

The Journals and Documents of the Atkinson-O'Fallon Expedition, 1824–26
edited by Richard E. Jensen and James S. Hutchins

In 1824 Brig. Gen. Henry Atkinson and Indian Agent Benjamin O'Fallon traveled up the Missouri River, along with 475 soldiers of the First and Sixth Infantry regiments. Their mission: to negotiate peace treaties with tribes along the Missouri River, and to secure their promise to trade exclusively with American citizens. It was hoped this combination of military power and proffered friendship would put an end to Indian attacks on American fur trappers and traders. The full record of this early military expedition is now available. The diaries of General Atkinson and Maj. Stephen Watts Kearny describe the trip from St. Louis to Fort Atkinson in the fall of 1824, the expedition from the fort to the Yellowstone River and back in 1825, and the return of a portion of the troops to St. Louis in 1826, while the diary of Angus Lewis Langham, the expedition's secretary, describes the passage of the wheel boat Antelope from St. Louis to Fort Atkinson in early spring of 1825. This fully annotated volume also includes a discussion of the early use of the wheel boat to travel the Missouri and the expedition's financial records.