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September 2017


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Humanities Montana
Turns 45

Celebrate with Us in Miles City

Humanities Montana is keeping the celebration going with the Miles City Humanities Celebration!

Taking place on September 7, from 6-8pm, at the Miles City Public Library, this community gathering will be hosted by Humanities Montana board member Chris Hopkins and will include a presentation from scholar and writer, Ken Egan, about historic Miles City in the 1800’s.

Connect with your community and enjoy delicious food at the Miles City Humanities Celebration and support Humanities Montana as we continue to provide programs to the citizens of our beautiful state.

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.

"As a very busy library director, who wears many hats every day, I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate the simplified grant process. The process is very user friendly and non-stressful, and the access it provides to our community of high quality presenters is so wonderful. To have this resource available is invaluable. We certainly couldn't do it without the Humanities Montana program."

— Glacier County Library

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana’s next grant application deadline is December 20, 2017 for regular grants (over $1,000) as well as research fellowships.

Opportunity grant applications are on hold until October 1, for projects beginning November 1 or later.

Event Calendar

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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.

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Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Humanities Montana Meets in Browning Sept. 14-16

Humanities Montana’s board of directors will hold their fall meeting in Browning September 14-16.

On Thursday, September 14, we will host an informal dinner in the Blackfeet Community College Commons for college faculty and staff and invited guests. We will recognize our first Tribal Partner, Aasaisstto Language Society. The board meeting will take place at the Glacier Peaks Hotel Friday and Saturday—everyone welcome. The meeting will begin with a presentation on the Blackfeet Nation’s history from John Murray, the nation’s tribal historic preservation officer and recent recipient of the Governor’s Humanities Award.

Hope you can join us in Browning!

Sidney Hosts Hometown Humanities 2017-18

Humanities Montana has chosen Sidney as the next site for Hometown Humanities, an initiative that brings a year’s worth of humanities-based programming to a single community.

A local steering committee with representatives from the MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Sidney-Richland County Library, ONEOK, Inc., the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, and area schools will work with members of the community and Humanities Montana staff to plan approximately 25 educational and cultural programs. Events will include public speakers, speakers in the schools, community discussions, and more.

The first in-person planning meeting will take place Friday, September 8. To participate in the planning committee or to sign up for a newsletter to get alerts about upcoming events, email Humanities Montana welcomes input and participation from all residents of Richland County.

Kudos to Dan Karalus from MonDak Heritage Center, who applied for the prestigious designation. Previous Hometown Humanities locations include Miles City, Dillon, Lincoln County, Havre, and Livingston. Next year’s application will open in early 2018.

Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools Now Accepting Applications

Just in time for the new school year, Humanities Montana’s Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools programs are once again ready for booking. Check out our catalog of outstanding presenters, choose an engaging program, contact the presenter to determine availability, and submit our easy online application. Here’s to a terrific new year for students and teachers at all educational levels!

An Incredible September for the Humanities in Montana

As Montanans return from their summer breaks, public humanities events take off throughout the state. Here’s a partial list of the many events taking place around Montana, two with Humanities Montana’s support:

In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean, September 8-10, has moved to Missoula due to fire conditions in Seeley Lake. This biannual festival honors the art and legacy of Norman Maclean. This year’s event features the film version of A River Runs Through It on the 25th anniversary of its release (with appearances by the actor Tom Skerritt and the creative team from the film) at the Wilma Theater on Sunday the 10th. Other programs will take place at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall September 8 and 9. See much more information here. Humanities Montana provided partial support for this festival.

Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West, September 13-16, Montana State University Bozeman. This free public conference will feature presentations by Patricia Limerick, Nancy Cook, Alan Weltzien, and more, as well as a tour of Doig’s boyhood home near White Sulphur Springs. See much more information here.

Montana, 1917: Time of Trouble, Time of Change, September 21-23, Helena. The 44th annual Montana History Conference will focus on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the First World War. Penny Redli, a Humanities Montana board member, will be honored with the Board of Trustees Heritage Keeper Award. Raphael Chacon and Michael Punke, former Humanities Montana board members, will present featured talks, and Ken Egan will discuss the literature of World War One. Read more here.

Montana Book Festival, September 27-October 1, Missoula: Join the annual celebration of all things literary, with Jane Smiley as keynote presenter on Friday the 29th. For more information about the Festival, go here.

In addition to providing grant support for the festival, Humanities Montana is hosting three events at the Downtown Dance Collective on Saturday, September 30, two in honor of the impending 30th anniversary of The Last Best Place’s publication:

  • Noon: Margaret Kingsland will facilitate a conversation among the anthology’s editors on creating the book.
  • 3:00: Natalie Peeterse will facilitate a conversation among writers and scholars on Montana writing since the big book came out.
  • 4:30: Montana poet laureate Lowell Jaeger will share his poetry and the Montana Center for the Book will honor the first five recipients of the Center Prize.

Thanks and Best Wishes to Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn, Humanities Montana’s program officer, will be leaving us in mid-September to pursue new opportunities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We say good-bye to Sarah with a mixture of sadness and happiness—sad we’ll no longer benefit from her talents, but happy because we see only bigger things for this gifted person as she moves east.

Sarah has breathed new life into our programs by working hard to recruit new, cutting-edge presenters for “Our Current State,” hosting community conversations in unusual venues in Missoula and Livingston, advocating for commitment to indigenous communities, and urging attention to social justice issues.

Thanks for all you’ve done, Sarah—and all you will do to make our communities more humane and caring!

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — August 2017

Tony Brockman*
Carrie Collier
Christopher Comer
Scott Crichton*
Devin Egan
Ken Egan*
Mae Nan Ellingson
Barry Ferst**
Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer
Joseph Grady
Marie Habener
Caroline Patterson Haefele
Carla Homstad
Daniel Kemmis
Gita Saedi Kiely
Margaret Kingsland**
William Marcus**
Alice Meister**
Michael Punke**
Celeste River
Nancy Seldin
Hal Stearns**
Dorothea Susag
Stephen Sylvester**
S. V. Tiernan
Bruce Wendt
Regan Whitworth
Carol A. Witt

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