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July 2017

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Humanities Montana
Turns 45


On July 18 in Eureka, Ken Egan will give a talk on "Montana 1864-1889," tracking changes to the region through the lives of Plenty Coups, Granville Stuart, Wilbur Sanders, Helen Clarke, and others. Ken will also be available during the 7/19 Farmers Market to discuss humanities opportunities for northwest Montana.

The Missoula Humanities Celebration will take place at Ten Spoon Winery in late August. Enjoy good food and wine, listen to the Trilllium Brass Trio, and share the love for the humanities!

The Humanities Make All the Difference: Montana Stories

Every week Humanities Montana receives moving testimonials to the impact of our work. We’ll share excerpts in the newsletter as a way of celebrating how humanities change lives for the better.

Here is a message from a host for one of our Speakers in the Schools programs:

We at Browning High School have really benefited from your programs. You offer amazing speakers and learning experiences that we (unfortunately) would never be able to afford to offer on our own. I have also experienced your programs in my community of East Glacier. Your programs offer educational enrichment for rural communities that helps bring us all closer together while solidifying our appreciation for the arts and the humanities.

— Amy Andreas

Browning High School librarian

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana’s next grant application deadline is August 20, 2017 for regular grants (over $1,000) as well as film & digital media grants.

Opportunity Grant applications are accepted at any time but should be submitted at least four weeks before the project begins. At this time we are focusing on funding projects in rural Montana.

Event Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out about upcoming Humanities Montana-sponsored events.


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Humanities Montana strives to enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.

Much more information on Humanities Montana and its many programs and services is available on our website.

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Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Hometown Humanities Applications Accepted until July 15

Hometown Humanities is a program of Humanities Montana that brings a year’s worth of free humanities programming and support for humanities projects to one Montana town.

Over the past year, we brought 32 programs and supported four projects in Livingston, including a presentation-discussion series on women in Montana history, school speakers on the practice of Islam, community conversations on the Livingston economy, a high school literary mapping project and author reading, and two community reading, lecture, and workshop series.

Do you want your town to be the next Hometown site? Tell us why through our online application. Any town with a population under 20,000 is eligible. We look forward to discovering our next Hometown!

Nominate a Program for the Montana Center for the Book Prize by July 15

The first annual Montana Center for the Book Prize nominations are now open. The Montana Center for the Book Prize is a new award that recognizes and supports programs that celebrate literature and give people increased access to books and writers.

The MCB Prize includes a $1,000 cash award presented to each of up to five organizations that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming. MCB Prize recipients will be featured on the Montana Center for the Book web page and all recipient organization events will be shared on the MCB calendar of events. In awarding the MCB Prize, the Montana Center for the Book will prioritize geographic diversity with a special emphasis on organizations that reach rural populations.

Any person or organization can nominate a program for the prize and organizations can self-nominate. Nominations will be accepted until July 15th.

Lowell Jaeger Named Montana Poet Laureate

Poet, editor, and teacher Lowell Jaeger has been named Montana’s seventh poet laureate by Governor Steve Bullock. Jaeger has been a major figure in Montana literature since he first began teaching at Flathead Valley Community College in the 1980s. A gifted lyricist, he sees poetry as a means to inspire thoughtful conversations about our daily lives—the ethics, beauty, and sorrows of our existence. He received the Governor’s Humanities Award in 2011 in recognition of these many contributions. Jaeger is now a member of our Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools programs. If you’re interested in scheduling him for a reading and discussion, you can contact him via his e-mail address.

Congratulations, Lowell—and heartfelt thanks to Michael Earl Craig for his two years of service as poet laureate—he has traveled far and wide sharing the joy and challenge of verse with Montanans, especially students.

Montana Arts Council Names Tatiana Gant New Director

The Montana Arts Council has announced Tatiana Gant will become their new executive director starting July 31, 2017. Gant has served as director of the Illinois Arts Council for four years, after leading arts education programs for the council. She is a practicing artist who expresses deep commitment to the transformative power of the arts for communities and individuals.

Congratulations, Tatiana—Humanities Montana looks forward to partnering with you and the Montana Arts Council on cultural opportunities for all Montanans.

Bozeman Humanities Network Takes Off

The Bozeman Humanities Network has just launched a website sharing information about the many high-quality humanities opportunities in the Gallatin Valley.

The Network is a consortium of organizations— museums, library, schools, art centers, Montana State University, and more—committed to offering public humanities occasions for all citizens in the Bozeman area. The Network will serve as an information portal for cultural events. It will also encourage partnerships among humanities organizations on conferences and other special events. The consortium has been incubated through the efforts of the National Humanities Alliance and Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Check out the website, encourage friends and neighbors to visit it as well, consider attending events, and join the Network if your organization provides public humanities programs. For those living outside the Bozeman area, you might consider developing a similar consortium to pool energy and resources and cross-market your events.

State Parks Alive with Humanities This Summer

One of the wonderful things about Montana is that most of us live within a short drive of one of the state's many scenic state parks. Once you’re done exploring, stick around for a Montana Conversations in the Parks program!

Here’s what’s happening in July and August:

Bannack State Park

Jul 29 — The Corps of Discovery: Tomahawks, Rifles & Food for Thought with Stephen Sylvester

Aug 12 — Montana Towns: Then, Now, and Tomorrow with Hal Stearns

Aug 19 — Meagher of the Sword with Neil Lewing

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Jul 29 — Native Song of the Plains Indians with Kevin Kicking Woman

Aug 26 — Living with the Land with Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer

Frenchtown Pond State Park

Aug 5 — Brother, Can You Spare a Dime: Laughin’ to Keep from Cryin’ with William Rossiter

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Jul 14 — The Resurgent Wild with Christopher Preston

Jul 21 — Sgt. John Ordway of the Lewis & Clark Expedition with Archer Ellwein

Jul 28 — American Indian Music: Even More than Drums and Flutes with Scott Prinzing

Makoshika State Park

Aug 5 — Montana Towns: Then, Now & Tomorrow with Hal Stearns

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Jul 8 — Living with the Land with Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer

Jul 15 — From the Atom to the Atmosphere: Replacing Nature with a Synthetic World with Christopher Preston

Pictograph Cave State Park

Jul 22 — Living with the Land with Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer

Aug 12 — Storytelling, Cultural Survival & Indigenous Cultures with Joseph Grady

Placid Lake State Park

Jul 22 — Martha Maxwell, Rocky Mountain Pioneer Taxidermist & Naturalist with Mary Jane Bradbury

Aug 12 — A Tour of Montana in the Late 1800’s with Ken Egan

Check with each state park or our online calendar for more information

Grant Awarded:
June 2017

Underage Democracy, Forward Montana, Missoula, $500. A non-partisan, peer-to-peer high school civic engagement program that complements existing grades 9-12 high school civics classes with templates that can be implemented by student leaders.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — June 2017


Caroline* and Donald Bitz, in memory of Isabel M. Bitz
Shirley Brown
M. Earl Craig
Devin Egan
Arch Ellwein
Marie Habener
David Irion*
Tobin* and Cheryl Miller Shearer
Wilbur Rehmann
Chrysti M. Smith
Hal Stearns**
Dorothea Susag


Friends of the North Valley Library
Friends of the Whitehall Community Library
Immanuel Lutheran Communities
Missoula Urban Indian Health Center

*Current Board and Staff Members
**Former Board and Staff Members