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February 2018


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Wild Rose Center

This 2017 Center for the Book Prize winner is bringing their “Little Free Libraries” to the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation and beyond.

Learn more about their impact and how you can get involved here.


Humanities Montana’s executive director Ken Egan will give talks on his book Montana 1889 in Bozeman and Billings. He’d love to visit about program and grant opportunities following his presentations.

Join him on Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm at the Museum of the Rockies and on Monday, March 19 at 7 pm in Prescott Great Hall on the Rocky Mountain College campus.

Proceeds from book sales support humanities opportunities for all Montanans. Special thanks to The Extreme History Project and Rocky Mountain College for hosting him.

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is April 20, 2018 for regular grants (over $1,000).

Opportunity grants are available for up to $1,000. These quick-action grants are especially helpful for new or emerging humanities projects in smaller communities.

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.

Write us at:

Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

or contact us via email, or call us at 406-243-6022.

Nominate a Montanan for Governor’s Humanities Award

Humanities Montana seeks nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards, to be conferred at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on February 7, 2019. Nominations of individuals aged 40 years and younger are especially welcome so we may recognize and honor great promise, innovation, or achievement in the humanities.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27, 2018.

Nominations should be no more than 1000 words and should address the nominee’s contributions to the humanities in Montana. The humanities include the study of literature, history, Native American history and cultures, philosophy, languages, religious studies and other disciplines. Nominations for both individuals and organizations will be considered. Members of the Humanities Montana board and staff are not eligible for consideration, nor are deceased individuals. Nominations should be e-mailed here or sent to Governor’s Humanities Awards, Humanities Montana, 311 Brantly, Missoula, MT 59812. If you have questions, call (406) 243-6022 or visit our website.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen Launches February 20

What is the future of journalism? How can local journalism, so long a mainstay of community life, be revitalized? What can be done to increase news literacy and combat "fake news"? How has American journalism historically responded to periods of political upheaval and change?

Beginning February 20, Humanities Montana will offer a new catalog of programs focusing on these questions and others in order to encourage all Montanans to explore the role of journalism in a democratic society. Join the discussion in several ways:

  • Book one of more than a dozen programs from our special Informed Citizen catalog (see directions below).
  • Work with Humanities Montana staff to put together a community conversation featuring local journalists and journalism scholars—send us an email or call Kim Anderson at 406-243-6022.
  • Watch for news about presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists coming to Montana later this year.

You can apply for a program funded by Humanities Montana using our easy online application (identical to our Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools applications). All Informed Citizen discussion leaders are selected through a careful application and review process in order to assure the highest quality. Thank you to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils for your generous support of this initiative, and the Pulitzer Prizes for your partnership.

Hometown Humanities Sidney Features Jazz and Dance

Hometown Humanities Sidney organizers are gearing up for a busy spring with nearly a dozen different writers and scholars providing literary programming throughout March and April. In addition there will be programs on the history of jazz and social dance in America. Check the Hometown Humanities page for a full calendar of events.

Apply for NEH Teachers’ Seminars by March 1

Montana teachers have an opportunity to study with some of the nation’s best scholars in fascinating settings this summer.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer seminars and institutes at locations around the country. This year’s topics include "Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences" and "The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta." Successful applicants receive financial support to join a learning community for up to two months.

The deadline for applications is March 1. Go here to learn much more.

Grants Available for Native Language Immersion Programs

The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a Native American-run nonprofit organization based in Longmont, Colorado, has issued a call for grant proposals to support native language immersion programs.

First Nations will support active native language immersion programs across the country and expects to make 12 awards of up to $90,000 each in this first round, with applications due on March 23, 2018. First Nations is managing the application and award process and hopes to build a community of practice around native language immersion programs, with two more similar rounds of funding in Years 2 and 3 of the cooperative agreement.

The full RFP can be found here. This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Montana Historical Society Creates Digital Vault

To celebrate its 153rd birthday, the Montana Historical Society has launched its first digital vault, Appropriate, Curious and Rare: Montana History Object by Object. Visitors can experience Montana history through many of the remarkable artifacts stored at the Society. Explore our state’s past through this lively, engaging site. And congratulations to MHS on its longevity and service to Montana.

Humanities Discussions Available for Veterans

The Coming Home project offers military veterans the opportunity to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war on the warrior as she or he returns home. The project coordinates dialogues between veterans, using sources in philosophy, history, poetry, and literature to spur discussion. Trained facilitators lead each discussion, and source material ranges from antiquity to the present, with a focus on World War I and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans can register for more information by going here.

Grants Awarded:
January 2018

Congratulations to all of our recent grant recipients! Humanities Montana awarded a total of $26,169 at their winter meeting held in Missoula, January 19-20. The next deadline for Regular Grants is April 20, 2018. Need help with your proposal? We’re happy to assist. Contact us at (406) 243-6022 or here.

Metis Music, Art and Culture Festival, Michif Heritage Keepers, $1,500. Support for the second annual festival that will include language preservation activities, handouts of Michif language materials, and interactions with participants in speaking Michif words and phrases. The festival will take place in Choteau, Montana, June 8-10, 2018.

Making History Relevant Workshop Series, The Extreme History Project, $1,150. Funding for workshops encouraging Bozeman residents to engage with their history. Workshops include: The House History Workshop, May, 2018; Historic Recipes in the Archives Workshop, September, 2018; Genealogy Workshop, October, 2018.

Mary Kassmeier, Midwife on the Upper Missouri, Women’s Reproductive History Alliance, $4,622. Support for a digitized collection of photographs and documentation by Mary Kassmeier, an early 1900's Fort Benton midwife. Mary Kassmeier helped pregnant women in communities along the Upper Missouri and collected over one hundred labeled images ranging from formal photographs of infants to intimate pictures that are a testament to a life dedicated to Montana women and children. The collection will be available online by late fall of 2018.

I Am Montana, Free Verse Writing Project, $8,000. Support for a creative project designed to allow young people to discuss their identities and reflect on their experiences and understandings of Montana. Free Verse will partner with Second Season and Arts Without Boundaries, in Billings, to bring writers to schools and juvenile detention centers across Montana.

2018 Honors Symposium: "Technology and Humankind," Flathead Valley Community College, $3,000. Funding for a lecture series that will examine the human and social impact of technological advancement, including the implications of technology on nature, the environment, the self, family, and society. The symposium is free and will take place in February and March, 2018.

National Buffalo Foundation/Kauffman Museum touring exhibit, The American Bison: Masters of the Plains, Western Heritage Center, $1,000. The exhibit explores the significance of bison in the cultures of Plains Indian peoples—particularly as a resource for food, clothing, shelter and tools, as well as how bison are being managed in contemporary times. The exhibit will be displayed at the Western Heritage Center in Billings February 19 – April 7, 2018. It will also be displayed at the Carbon County Historical Society in Red Lodge April 12 – May 28, 2018.

Film showing of El Rio followed by discussion with director Juan Carlos Galeano, MSU Billings Dept. of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, $1,000. El Rio captures how the peoples of Amazonia adapt traditional belief to contemporary life. The film showing and discussion will take place on February 13, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm at Art House Cinema in downtown Billings. The event is free and open to the public.

"A Shot Above the Rest," Yellowstone County Museum, $800. Support for a new exhibit that will feature photos, shootouts and memorabilia of sharpshooter Tom Frye. The exhibit will be open through April 2018.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — January 2018

Thanks again to all who donated during our annual holiday drive—your generosity moved and inspired us. You help make humanities available for all Montanans!


Lizbeth Barnea
Robert Bastasz
Kathy Best
Catherine Billie
Joan Bird
Caroline Bitz*
Mandy Smoker Broaddus*
Victoria Cech*
Rita Collins*
Connie Daugherty*
Patty Dean*
Jamie Doggett**
Arch Ellwein
Paul Filicetti**
Deborah Garland*
Richard Goldberg
Lorents Grosfield*
Marie Habener
Raela Hulett
Kurt Ingold
David Irion*
Jennifer Jeffries Thompson**
Daniel Kemmis
Jim Kittredge
David Koeberlein
Richard Lewis
Susan Near**
Betty Olson
Aaron Pruitt*
Penny Redli*
Karen Reinhart
Laura Mitchell Ross*
Cindy Shearer
Tom Stockburger
Dorothea Susag
Nicholas Vrooman
Bruce Whittenberg**


Arts Missoula
Carter County Museum
Dayton Foundation
Friends of the Library - White Sulphur Springs
Southwest Montana Arts Council

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