Winter 2016: In this issue

Winter 2016 cover

Vol. 66, No. 4

Western Montana’s Christmas Tree Boom, 1926–1969

by Rich Aarstad

From Forest to Market

Work in Montana’s Christmas Tree Industry
by Darris Flanagan

Picturing Indian Health

Dr. Ferdinand Shoemaker’s Traveling Photographs from the Crow Reservation, 1910–1918
by Rebecca S. Wingo

Alberta’s Special Areas

Drought and Adaptation on the Canadian Plains
by William N. Holden

Becoming Herders

Basque Immigration, Labor, and Settlement in Nevada, 1880–1910
by Iker Saitua

Montana Book Roundup

by Aaron Parrett


Lansing, Insurgent Democracy, reviewed by Molly P. Rozum | Owens, Empire Maker, reviewed by Robert H. Greene | McDermott, Grim, and Mobley, eds., The Mullan Road, reviewed by Paul R. Wylie | Adams, Three Roads to Magdalena, reviewed by Marilyn Irvin Holt | Wright, Law at Little Big Horn, reviewed by Frederic C. Wagner III | Ferguson, This Is Our Land, reviewed by Greg Gordon | Hansen, Encounter on the Great Plains, reviewed by Linda Clemmons

On the Cover

Philip R. Goodwin (1881–1935) trained at the prestigious Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art and quickly made a name for himself illustrating books as well as articles for Collier’s Weekly, Harper’s Weekly, and other nationally circulated magazines. He became best known as a wildlife artist and a “predicament painter.” When Nabisco ran a series of advertisements featuring outdoor themes, Goodwin submitted A “Bear” Chance (1907, oil on canvas, 36" x 26", Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minn., USA, gift of the National Biscuit Company/Bridgeman Images), featured on the front cover. It portrays a curious bear snuffling in a Cream of Wheat crate, perhaps left behind by loggers, and suggests that the breakfast porridge is tasty enough to wake a bear from hibernation. In the Victorian era, the exchange of elaborate Christmas cards like the one featured on the back cover (L. Prang & Co., Boston, 1883, paper and silk, 5" x 10.5", Montana Historical Society Collection, 1983.90.06) became a popular practice. This particular card is trimmed with silk fringe and finished with silk tassels, and its front (not pictured) depicts branches of cherry blossoms in white and brown accompanied by the message, “With loving greeting.”

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