MHS Staff Picks

Trips in Montana seemingly transport travelers through history—from ancient cultural landscapes to Modernist urban edifices. Whether hiking through Medicine Rocks State Park or taking in a show at Anaconda’s Washoe Theater, we encounter our heritage at every turn. Help us celebrate and identify places across the state that are important to you! This summer, we invite you to share your photographs of Montana’s places—and become a #MTtimetraveler.
Montana Place Names
Use this interactive map to explore the stories behind the names of Montana towns and cities, geographic features, parks and battlefields, properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and more. A companion site to the Montana Historical Society Press book, Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, written by MHS staff and drawing on the expertise of historians from around the state.
Consulting with Montana SHPO
Staff of the Society’s State Historic Preservation Office have created a brief narrated introduction describing the steps to consulting with SHPO under federal and state preservation laws. Turn on your speakers and check it out!
Montana's African American Heritage Resources
Explore the story maps, property inventories, lesson plans, census information, essays, first-person narratives, photographs, manuscript collections, and artifacts that help tell the story of Montana’s African American heritage.
Membership online
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PRESERVATION MONTANA: The Montana Historic Preservation Plan 2018-2022
State Preservation Plans, prepared every five years for Montana by the State Historic Preservation Office, serve as a guide for state and local preservation efforts by everyone. With its background, goals, objectives and recommended activities, the Plan is an important tool in setting priorities for the investment of human and financial resources in the preservation of our significant historic, archaeological and traditional cultural places in Montana.
Connect with Montana The Magazine of Western History on Facebook
Visit our Facebook page for more information on topics and authors explored in our award-winning quarterly journal.
Digitized Montana Newspapers Online
Montana Newspapers and Chronicling America are two freely accessible resources designed specifically for digitized newspapers, offering improved search, browse, display, downloading and printing.
ExploreBig is a website and mobile app to help you discover Montana’s rich cultural resources. Curated by the Montana Historical Society, ExploreBig shares the history and architecture of selected buildings, neighborhoods, and cultural sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation.