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August 2018


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"52 GREAT READS" Montana winner

Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie

In 1889, a young spunky British Woman of genteel upbringing set sail for the United States against her family’s wishes. She traveled with a friend, Ewen Cameron, the man who later became her husband. They were bound for eastern Montana to hunt big game along the Yellowstone River. The next fall the Camerons returned to England, packed up, and moved to Montana, where they lived for the rest of their lives.

Lorna Milne’s biography of Evelyn Cameron has been selected by the Montana Center for the Book as our state’s entry in 52 Great Reads which will be featured at the National Book Festival September 1st. Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie can be found at local book stores or contact Mountain Press.

2017 Annual Report


Humanities in Montana’s Parks This Summer

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.

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Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Sponsor the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards

Sponsoring the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards means you are supporting not only the achievements of some of Montana’s most esteemed humanists, but also the next generation of historians, educators, writers, and heritage keepers. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available and include customization to meet your diverse marketing needs. Current sponsors include Montana PBS, A&E Architects, Montana History Foundation, JCCS Accounting, and Montana Public Radio. For more information about this opportunity for your organization to support an outstanding cultural event, please contact Brooke Beighle.

Governor Bullock and Humanities Montana’s board and staff will celebrate the 2019 honorees on Thursday, February 7 at 3 pm in the Capitol Rotunda in Helena, followed by an awards banquet featuring actor and rancher Bill Pullman as keynoter at 7 pm at the Radisson Colonial Hotel Helena.

These five Montanans are the 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.

Fort Peck Community College Awarded Tribal Partnership to Support Native Language Instructor Program

Humanities Montana’s new Tribal Partnerships Initiative awarded a $5,000 grant to Fort Peck Community College in support of its Native Language Instructor program. FPCC began offering the new program in 2017 to address the minimal number of language instructors on the Fort Peck Reservation for both the Assiniboine and Dakota languages. Humanities Montana funds will assist the college’s efforts to teach the Assiniboine Language to youth ages 6-18 and to provide support to its students enrolled in the N.L.I. program. This is the first of three tribal partnerships Humanities Montana will establish this summer—look for more information in our next newsletter.

Big Sky Reads—Support for Book Clubs

The Montana Center for the Book supports public book clubs in rural areas that engage in deeper, thought-provoking discussions about literature.

We provide $500 stipends to book clubs for trained discussion leaders, author visits, book shipping, marketing, and other costs that enhance the humanities value of a program. (We do not cover costs for refreshments, venues, or organization staff.) Book clubs must be open to the public and meet in a public space or school.

All book clubs supported by Montana Center for the Book contribute reading lists, discussion questions, event times and more to our Facebook group. This is a great resource to find new books, new participants, discussion questions, and facilitators.

If your library, school, or other organization has an established book club you think qualifies, you can apply for this award any time. We fund up to ten clubs each year. There’s no deadline and the application is easy!

Red Lodge Hosts Hometown Humanities 2018-19

Humanities Montana staff met with Red Lodge community members on July 18th to brainstorm programming and outreach ideas for the year ahead. Thanks to the many volunteers who showed up to share their thoughts! Look for the Hometown Humanities Red Lodge table at the Fun Run and Labor Day Arts Fair September 1 and 3, get the Hometown Humanities newsletter or contact Kim Anderson for information about upcoming events and how you can be involved.

Making Sense of Our 24-Hour News Cycle

At its core, journalism is a field meant to distribute information—so how is it that news stories become distorted and why are allegations of fake news so prevalent right now? The idea of fake news is as old as the profession itself; but in an age of the 24-hour news cycle, misinformation can reach an audience of millions in seconds and citizens need to know how to be responsible consumers. Journalist and lecturer Shanti Johnson’s presentation, Responsible Consumerism in a 24-hour Media Cycle, is available to any classroom or community group, free of charge, and is one of over a dozen programs available in our Informed Citizen catalog.

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.

Montana Organizations Receive NEH Grant for Food Heritage Project

The Montana Historical Society and the Center for Western Lands and Peoples at Montana State University have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a community project focused on gathering materials that document the food culture and food heritage of Richland and Roosevelt counties.

On Saturday, September 15, at Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney, a team of historians and students from the MHS and CWLP will host "A Taste of the Past: Gathering Montana's Food Heritage" from 9:30-4:30. Area residents are invited to bring traditional recipes, community cookbooks, historic photographs and documents of food related events, menus, records of home demonstration clubs, and artifacts related to food preparation and preservation. The team will scan and gather information about the documents and artifacts that speak to the history of the region’s local food customs. During the day, MHS and CWLP staff will present programs on Montana food history and preservation techniques for cherished artifacts, cookbooks, and photographs. Participants will retain the original items as well as receive a digital image of the items on a thumb drive for their own use. The digital images will ultimately be made available on the Montana Memory Project.

All events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact:

Mary Murphy

Department of History

Montana State University


Molly Kruckenberg

Research Center

Montana Historical Society


Congratulations to other recent NEH grant recipients, including:

Montana State University, Billings

Landmarks of American History

Outright Amount: $170,000

Project Title: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the

Great Sioux War (1876)

Project Director: John Keener

Contact: 406-657-1743

Montana Historical Society

National Digital Newspaper Program

Outright Amount: $267,000

Project Title: Montana Digital Newspaper Project

Project Director: Molly Kruckenberg

Contact: 406-444-4787

MonDak Heritage Center

NEH on the Road

Outright Amount: $1,000

Project Title: NEH on the Road: Bandits & Heroes

Project Director: Dan Karalus

Contact: 406-433-3500

Carroll College

Seminars for School Teachers

Outright Amount: $103,898

Project Title: Re-Enchanting Nature: Humanities


Project Director: Chris Fuller

Contact: 406-447-4335

University of Montana

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Outright Amount: $20,671

Project Title: Sustaining the University of Montana's

Archival Collections: A Planning Project

Project Director: Donna McCrea

Contact: 406-243-4403

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — July 2018


Ambrin Masood
Angela Weikert
Bernard Rose
Bess Lovec
Dave Caserio
Devin Egan
Dorothea Susag
Marie Habener
Philip Burgess
Raela Hulett
Stephen Sylvester
Wilbur Rehmann


Daughters of the American Revolution
Heritage Museum
Museum of the Rockies
Public Lands Foundation
Stillwater Rising
Valley County Historical Society

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