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Our History: 1990 - 1999


"Bozeman Trail heritage conference."

"What Holds Us Together: Common Cultural History and Games of the Past (A Native American Perspective on the Value of Old Games."

"How the West Was Fun: The Explorers" wins Telly.

NEA awards ArtsREACH grant to MCH and Montana Center for the Book for Montana Literary Festival.

NEH Self-Study and visit of consultants Bill Lang, Bruce Sievers, and Edie Manza.

"The Silent Potemkin—Voices From the Past."

"Asian Settlers in Early Montana."

"Butte, America: From Their Labors."

"Montana Historic Bridge Conference."

NEH Model Humanities Project grant: "Toward Deliberative Dialogue in Western Communities."


MCH acquires the Montana Center for the Book.

Committee incorporates, with new Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Joseph Kinsey Howard conference in Great Falls.

Speakers Bureau grows to more than seventy programs.

"Five Rivers Festival of Film in Missoula."

Helena resident Stephen Ambrose awarded National Humanities Medal.

Governor's Humanities Awards honorees are David Walter of Helena and Anna Zellick of Lewistown.


Silver Anniversary events in Great Falls, Terry, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman.

First edition of Rendezvous, MCH magazine.

"A. B. Guthrie's The Big Sky—After Fifty Years."

Jamie Doggett elected to Federation of State Humanities Councils board.

"Brahms in Bozeman."

"Montana Constitutional Convention 25th Anniversary"


MCH initiates HUMTALK, Internet discussion list linking all state humanities councils, the Federation, and NEH.

Establishes its website and creates another Internet listserv for ongoing discussion of humanities in Montana.

"Montana Visions, Montana Values: A Conference on Civic Culture in Montana."

Governor's Humanities Awards: Joe McDonald, Antoinette Hagener, Dan Cushman.

White House awards former Missoula Mayor Dan Kemmis a Charles Frankel Prize.

"Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce."

MCH Endowment established with Montana Community Foundation.


Members of the 104th U.S. Congress target NEH for elimination.

Massive budget cuts affect NEH, although state councils are largely spared.

"In the Thoreau Tradition III."

"Montanans New and Old and the Search for a Workable Future."

First Governor's Humanities Awards: Ivan Doig, Montana Association of Churches, William Sullivan (KPAX).

Margaret Kingsland retires after twenty-two years.

Mark Sherouse becomes new Executive Director.

"Tribal Voices" reaches all seven Montana reservations.

Fellowship program established.


White House awards Montana writer and humanities scholar William Kittredge a Charles Frankel Prize.

MCH wins Federation Schwartz Prize for "Montana This Morning," best council-conducted project nationally.

"Tribal Voices" initiative.

"Shakespeare in the Schools."

"The Burden of Knowledge."

"I'll Ride That Horse."


"Montana This Morning" debut on KPAX—humanities on commercial television!

"Big Sky Radio" debut.

"Last Stand at Little Big Horn."

Immediate Action Grants announced.

"Hunting in the Montana Tradition."

Margaret Kingsland on sabbatical, Jerry Fetz serves as acting director, again.


"American Encounters: Lewis and Clark, the People and the Land."

Planning begins for "Montana This Morning."

Twentieth Anniversary celebrated in Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, and Great Falls.

Planning for Fellowship program begins.

"In the Thoreau Tradition II."

"Their Eyes Tell Everything."


"Mozart in Montana: A Humanistic 200 Years Commemoration."

"Beyond Columbus: Rediscovering the Americas."

Expansion of reading and discussion group program into ReadOn!

Scholar in the Schools begins.

Twentieth Anniversary Gala, Helena.

Humanities Awards to five original members and Margaret Kingsland.

Artist Monte Dolack's MCH poster "Landscapes of the Mind" unveiled.


"In the Thoreau Tradition."

"Out West: Stories from the Big Sky,"

a musical inspired by The Last Best Place.

Weekend Institutes for the Study of Humanities (WISH) begin.