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July 2018

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Humanities in Montana’s Parks This Summer

Enjoy the Big Sky summer by heading to one of our many state parks and, while you’re there, take part in a Montana Conversation!

Sat, June 30th, 1:00 pm, Pictograph Cave State ParkA Visit with an 1879 American Fur Company with Greg Smith

Sat, June 30th, 7:00 pm, Frenchtown Pond State ParkA Ride Back in Time to the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Era with Perri Knize

Sat, June 30th, 7:00 pm, Beavertail Hill State ParkThe Corps of Discovery: Tomahawks, Rifles, and Food for Thought with Stephen Sylvester

Fri, July 7th, 2:00 pm, Bannack State ParkChinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers with Ellen Baumler

Sat, July 13th, 7:00 pm, Makoshika State ParkUFOs and Extraterrestrials in Montana with Joan Bird

Sat, July 14th, 7:00 pm, Salmon Lake State ParkNaturalist as Artist with Jenny Bevill (reservation required)

Sat, July 21st, 7:00 pm, Frenchtown Pond State ParkMontana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow with Hal Stearns

Sat, July 28th, 1:00 pm, Pictograph Cave State ParkThe Metis in Montana History with Nicholas Vrooman

Sat, July 28th, 2:00 pm, First People Buffalo Jump State ParkBlackfeet Language and Stories with Robert Hall

Sun, July 29th, 10:00 am, Medicine Rocks State ParkSong of the Dawn Priests: A History of the Crow People with Franco Littlelight

Sat, August 4th, 7:00 pm, Missouri Headwaters State ParkMontana 1864-1889 with Ken Egan

Sat, August 11th, 2:00 pm, Milltown State ParkStorytelling Workshop with Marc Moss

Sat, August 25th, 1:00 pm, Pictograph Cave State ParkMe and Martha: Reflections of Dora DuFran about the Real Life of Calamity Jane with Mary Jane Bradbury

Sat, September 8th, 1:00 pm, First People’s Buffalo State ParkOn Location: A Writing Workshop with Tami Haaland

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is August 20, 2018 for regular grants (over $1,000) and film & digital media grants.

Opportunity grants are closed until October 1 for programs 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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Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Congratulations to Governor’s Humanities Award Recipients

Governor Steve Bullock has selected five Montanans as recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards: Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, Helena; Ellen Crain, Butte; Tami Haaland, Billings; Thomas McGuane, McLeod; and Elizabeth McNamer, Billings. You can read much more about these outstanding citizens here.

Be sure to join Governor Bullock and Humanities Montana’s board and staff in celebrating the honorees on Thursday, February 7 at 3 pm in the Capitol Rotunda, followed by an awards banquet featuring actor and rancher Bill Pullman as keynoter at 7 pm at the Radisson Colonial Hotel.

Please consider sponsoring the Awards, an opportunity for your organization to support an outstanding cultural event. For more information about sponsorships, contact Brooke Beighle. You would be joining MontanaPBS and A&E Architects in supporting this event.

Red Lodge Hosts Hometown Humanities 2018-19

Humanities Montana has chosen Red Lodge as the next site for Hometown Humanities, an initiative that brings a year’s worth of humanities-based programming to a single community. These programs are scheduled over the course of 12 months, so that every few weeks there is a new event. All Hometown Humanities programs will be free and open to the public.

A local steering committee with representatives from local nonprofit cultural organizations and area schools will work with members of the community and Humanities Montana staff to plan over 25 educational and cultural programs. Events will include public presentations, speakers in the schools, community discussions, workshops, and more. Humanities Montana staff is working with community members to schedule a first planning meeting this summer. To get more information, sign up for a newsletter to get alerts about upcoming events here. Humanities Montana welcomes input and participation from all residents of Carbon County.

Previous Hometown Humanities locations include Miles City, Dillon, Lincoln County, Havre, Livingston and Sidney.

Montana Center for the Book Prize Nominations Due July 15

The Montana Center for the Book, a program of Humanities Montana, is now accepting nominations for the second annual MCB Prize. Nominations will be accepted until July 15, 2018.

The Montana Center for the Book Prize 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 Montana-based organizations that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming. Organizations may nominate themselves for the Prize and Humanities Montana will promote the MCB Prize widely. Prize recipients will be chosen by the Montana Center for the Book advisory committee and the Humanities Montana board of directors.

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. While programs do not have to be free, low- or no-cost programs are preferred. Examples of prize-worthy activities include mini-festivals, literacy promotion, One Book programs, little free library programs, reading/writing workshops, and book-making workshops.

For nomination instructions and examples of past winners, see our MCB web page.

Become an Informed Citizen!

Whether the newspaper hits your front porch every morning at 5:00 am or you listen to the news on your commute to work or you scan headlines in your Facebook feed, journalism almost certainly plays some role in your daily life. Join Humanities Montana in exploring the state of journalism today and the role news media play in our national conversation.

The Informed Citizen Initiative is a multi-year project funded, in part, by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections among democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

Join the discussion in several ways:

  • Book one of more than a dozen programs from our special Informed Citizen catalog (see directions below) featuring working journalists and scholars.
  • 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.

Humanities Montana Accepting Board Applications

Humanities Montana’s board will elect three new members during their fall meeting at Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, September 13-15. Applications are due August 15. The board is especially encouraging applications from individuals with strong philanthropic interests, experience teaching at two- and four-year colleges in Montana, diverse backgrounds, and rural communities. Go here to see the application instructions.

Grants Awarded:
June 2018

Native American Perspective "Through European Eyes" Exhibit, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, $1,000.00: Support for an exhibit that will address cultural perception, the influence of media, the mixing of nationalism and culture, art as a record of the human experience, the influence and attraction of Native culture to distant peoples with various languages, religious practices and their sympathies and predispositions toward Native culture. "Through European Eyes: Prints of the North American West, 1849-1908" will be on exhibit August - December, 2020, at the University of Montana in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries, PARTV Center, Missoula.

Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All, Elk River Writing Project, Billings, $2,500.00: Funding for an experiential-learning, inquiry-based seminar for educators of all subject areas, "grades four through college" faculty. The June seminar took place at Montana State University Billings and focused on the policies and practices of Nazi Germany and the impact of federal policies on Native peoples in the United States.

The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship: 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium & Walk Series, Merlin CCC, Helena, $5,000.00: Funding for a three-part philosophy symposium series on the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship to be held at Carroll College in Helena. Series agendas include: Symposium 1 (September 20, 2018): public vs. private land (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other); Symposium 2 (December 20, 2018): landowner/steward-wildlife and habitat relationships (including agricultural and ranching relationships); Symposium 3 (March 14, 2019): current and future environmental/conservation challenges. Visit for the full schedule of events.

Children's Festival of the Book 2018, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Bozeman, $4,000.00: Support for The Children's Festival of the Book 2018, an annual festival dedicated to children's literature. This year's festival will feature the 2018 Caldecott winner for best picture book, author/illustrator Matt Cordell, and Trinidadian folk-tale author Tracey Baptiste. This daylong festival will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Bozeman Public Library and encourages a love of reading for all ages through engaging presentations, workshops and hands-on activities.

Getting Your Game On: How Video Games Are The New Frontier of Human Expression, Great Falls Young Actors Guild, Great Falls, $2,250.00: Support for a project that allows students across Montana to experience virtual reality technologies, game creation tools, and more. Getting Your Game On will enable students to see how emerging technologies like video games, virtual reality and more can be a vehicle for self-expression and cultural exploration. School assemblies will take place August through November, 2018.

Treaties that Live: Sesquicentennial of Crow Indian Treaties of 1868 at Fort Laramie and Fort Hawley, Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, $5,169.00: Support for a symposium that includes lectures, interactive panel discussions, an exhibit of documents, and films that provide multidisciplinary accounts of the people and issues that were important at the time of the 1868 treaties and ramifications of the treaties historically and today. The symposium and exhibit will take place September 14-15, 2018, at Little Big Horn College.

Dia de los Muertos Exhibition and Community Project, Montana State University Billings, Billings, $1,000.00: Funding for Betty Avila, co-director of Los Angeles’ Self-Help Graphics, to provide a public presentation and teachers' workshop on October 17-19, 2018 in conjunction with MSU Billings’, "Dia de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past Present, Future" exhibition.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — June 2018


Joan Bird
Rita Collins*
Devin Egan
Ken Egan*
Debbie Garland*
Lorents Grosfield*
Marie Habener
Chris Hopkins*
Raela Hulett
David Irion*
Carmen McSpadden*
Aaron Pruitt*
Bernard Rose
Laura Mitchell Ross*
Dorothea Susag
Dennis Swibold
Stephen Sylvester**


Adventure Cycling Association
Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society
Wibaux County Museum
WyndStone Senior Living

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