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February 2019


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2019 marks the 20th celebration of the Governor’s Humanities Awards!

Over the years the following 85 public humanists and 2 organizations have been honored for their service to Montana.

Montana Humanities Award Honorees 1984–1995


Richard Roeder
Montana State University

Lynda Sexson
Montana State University

Michael Sexson
Montana State University


Albert Borgmann
The University of Montana

Gordon Brittan
Montana State University


Mary Clearman Blew
Northern Montana College

Diane Sands


Congressman Pat Williams


Editorial board of The Last Best Place:

William Bevis
The University of Montana

Mary Clearman Blew
Northern Montana College

William Kittredge
The University of Montana

William Lang
Montana Historical Society

Richard Roeder

Annick Smith

James Welch


Michael Malone
Montana State University

Arnold Malina


Founding Members of the Montana Committee for the Humanities:

Roy Huffman
Montana State University

Pierce Mullen
Montana State University

Robert Pantzer
The University of Montana

John Van deWetering
The University of Montana

Joe Ward
Carroll College

Margaret Kingsland
executive director, Montana Committee for the Humanities

Governor’s Humanities Award 1995-2019


Ivan Doig
Seattle, Washington

Montana Association of Churches

William Sullivan
KPAX, Missoula


Dan Cushman
Great Falls

Antoinette Hagener

Joe McDonald


David Walter

Anna Zellick


Greg Keeler

Paul Lauren

Henrietta Mann

Harriett Meloy

Helen “Gus” Miller

Lee Rostad

Western Heritage Center


Diana Eck
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harry Fritz

Sue Hart

Cindy Kittredge
Great Falls

James Welch


Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg
Canyon Creek, Condon

Jamie Doggett
White Sulphur Springs

Darrell Robes Kipp
Ah Pin Nuk Wah Pee Tah/Morning Eagle

Joseph A. Mussulman

Robert “Bob” and Pauline Poore


Rose Marie Goetz Aus

Marvin Granger

Eve Malo

William Marcus

Johnnie Lockett Thomas
Miles City


George Dennison

Brian Kahn

Fred McGlynn

Rick Newby

Corby Skinner


Ellen Baumler

Julie Cajune

Richard Drake

Lowell Jaeger

Ron Perrin

Joseph S. Sample


John and Anna Brumley

Walter C. Fleming

Larry A. Lahrens

Mary Murphy

Lawrence F. Small

Robert R. Swartout Jr.


Philip Aaberg

Jack Gladstone

Yvonne Gastineau Gritzner

Kirby Lambert

Richard E. Littlebear
Lame Deer

William Rossiter


Chere Jiusto

John Murray

Hal and Sheila Stearns

Karen Aspevig Stevenson
Miles City

Dorothea Susag


Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs

Ellen Crain

Tami Haaland

Thomas McGuane

Elizabeth McNamer

Humanities Montana Opportunity Grants Available through Regular Grant Suspension

Opportunity Grants (quick-action grants up to $1,000) are currently available for organizations seeking funding for humanities programs. Humanities Montana has suspended other grantmaking decisions until November 1, 2019 while we expand development capacity and review our grants and programs. We recognize this change affects our many partners around the state. Please call Humanities Montana’s staff at 243-6022 to discuss Opportunity Grants and other possible funders for your work.

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Governor’s Humanities Awards Celebrate Excellence

Join Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and Humanities Montana in honoring five extraordinary Montanans on Thursday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena for the 2019 Governor’s Humanities Awards. Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, Ellen Crain, Tami Haaland, Thomas McGuane, and Elizabeth McNamer will be recognized for their diverse, long-standing contributions to our state. A banquet featuring Bill Pullman as keynote speaker and William Marcus as host will follow at the Marriott Helena Colonial at 6:00 p.m. You can read more about the awards here and purchase a banquet ticket here.

This year’s sponsors include Skip and Meg Herman, Montana PBS, Yellowstone Public Radio, A&E Architects, JCCS Accounting, Montana Preservation Alliance, Montana Public Radio, The Montana History Foundation, Victoria Cech, Carroll College, Patty Dean, Clifford Edwards, and Susan and David Irion.

February is Black History Month — Celebrate, Remember, Reflect

Dr. Angelou Recites "And Still I Rise":

Brew a Better Community at Ten Mile Creek Brewing

Support Humanities Montana by having a pint with friendly humanists in Helena! If you are in the Helena area, join current and former board members to celebrate the humanities in Montana. For every pint sold, $1 in proceeds benefits Humanities Montana programs. Bring a friend and help strengthen our community through stories, conversations and ideas with a brew.

February 3, 2019

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ten Mile Creek Brewing

48 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena

Humanities Montana Board Meets in Helena February 8-9

The board holds its winter meeting at the Marriott Helena Colonial Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 to plan for new program and grant possibilities. Humanities Montana looks forward to welcoming three new board members: Carla Homstad (Stevensville), Mary McCormick (Butte), and Aaron Parrett (Helena). Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Think & Drink: Informed Citizen Newstrition

Show your love for the Hometown Humanities Think & Drink series in Red Lodge. Join Courtney Cowgill and Dennis Swibold to talk about how news is made, revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced media, getting your news from trusted sources, and knowing your journalists. Includes "newstrition" tips for citizens who want a well-balanced news diet.

February 14, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Red Lodge Ales, Red Lodge

Mining City Writing Residency — The Fourth Estate

The Root & The Bloom Collective, the Montana Standard, and Humanities Montana have joined forces to bring award-winning journalist Bill Lambrecht to Butte for a week of presentations, conversations, and workshops.

Bill Lambrecht is an author, award-winning journalist, co-founder of the newspaper Bay Weekly, and political and investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. His two nonfiction books, Dinner at the New Gene Café and Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark’s Missouri River, report at the intersection of politics and science on public policy matters from biotechnology to America’s big rivers. Bill has been nominated for multiple Pulitzers in his 40-year career. An Illinois native, he currently lives in Maryland.

Join Bill at the following events:

  • Brown Bag Lunch Series @ The Butte Silver Bow Public Archives, February 5, 12-1 p.m.
  • Author Meet and Greet @ Oro Fino Coffee, February 7, 2-4 p.m.
  • Public Reading and Presentation @ the Historic Clark Chateau with light refreshments, February 9, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

These programs are part of the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry and is funded, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in consultation with the Pulitzer Prizes.

And More Informed Citizen Events!

Think & Drink: Informed Citizen Environmental Journalism with Bill Lambrecht, David McCumber and Nicholas Ehli, February 6, MAP Brewing, Bozeman

Responsible Consumerism in a 24-hour Media Cycle with Shanti Johnson, 6:00 p.m., February 7, Livingston-Park County Public Library, Livingston

What Happened to the News? With Dennis Swibold, 6:30 p.m., February 11, Missoula Public Library, Missoula

Think & Drink: Informed Citizen Newstrition with Courtney Cowgill and Dennis Swibold, 6:00 p.m., February 14, Red Lodge Ales, Red Lodge

Locavore Life with Courtney Cowgill, 5:30 p.m., February 15, Old Roosevelt School, Red Lodge

Margaret "Unsinkable Molly" Brown and a Mythmaking Press with Mary Jane Bradbury, 2:00 p.m., February 24, Museum at Central School, Kalispell

Consumerism in a 24-hour Media Cycle with Shanti Johnson, 6:30 p.m., March 19, Missoula Public Library, Missoula

Join Revisiting Montana 1889 Facebook Group during 2019

Reflect on our state’s history by joining the Revisiting Montana 1889 Facebook Group during 2019. The Montana Historical Society will host this lively monthly conversation based on Humanities Montana’s executive director Ken Egan’s Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood. Discussion leaders will revisit important figures out of Montana’s past such as Lone Wolf, Granville Stuart, Nannie Alderson, Louis Riel, Mary Gleim, Deaf Bull, and Chief Charlo. Participants will consider changes to the land and peoples that led up to and followed from Montana statehood.

Last month Ken posed questions and responded to the Historical Society’s Facebook page. Montana is a small town with long streets and our communities can have a dynamic exchange of views through social media. If you need a copy of Montana 1889, go here. Royalties from book sales support the programs and grants of Humanities Montana.

Grants Awarded Fiscal Year 2019

Providing Professional Development: Grant Writing Workshops 2019, Montana History Foundation, Helena, $1,000. Six free grant-writing workshops held across the state in 2019, providing professional development for humanities-focused nonprofits.

Flathead Valley Community College’s 2019 Honors Symposium: The Changing Face of Europe, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, $1,000. A series of lectures and presentations examining the facets of sociopolitical changes in Europe at this new crossroads marked by re-emerging populism, economic displacement and immigration, as well as heightened security concerns.

Montana History Field Trip, Vaughn School, Vaughn, $1,000. An eighth grade field trip will explore the state capital, the mines of Butte, the Old Montana State Prison, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Bannack, the Big Hole Battle Ground and Yellowstone Park.

Museums Association of Montana Annual Conference 2019, Museums Association of Montana, Helena, $1,000. Funding in support of the keynote speaker, Herman Viola, a curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, during the annual conference held, this year, in Miles City.

Big Ideas by Little Philosophers, Merlin CCC, Helena, $1,000. A dynamic television-classroom series designed to help youth share their ideas with the world—a mashup of Mr. Rogers, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Socrates.

Newspaper Preservation, Melstone Area Foundation, Melstone, $1,000. Microfilming early years of the local newspaper which was produced from 1909-1939, digitization, and archiving accessible copies.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — January 2019


Ronald Beard
Jerry and Patricia Brekke
Dave Caserio
Vickie Christie and John Battaglia
Jo Ann Eder
Devin Egan
Ken* and Terry Egan
Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer
Duff & Marion Gerrish
Marie Habener
Raela Hulett
Kurt and Jeanette Ingold
David and Susan Irion*
Jim and Cindy Kittredge
David Koeberlein
William Marcus** and Cynthia Fudge
Elizabeth McNamer
Susan Near**
Taylor Pape
Michael** and Traci Punke
Bernard Rose
Joseph Sample**
Dorothea Susag
Dave Thomas
Sally Thompson
Lois Welch
Ruth Wendt
Mardella Whitmore
Bruce Whittenberg**


Ash Creek Homemakers Club
Bella Terra Billings
Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition
Friends of the Boulder Community Library
Friends of the Madison Valley Public Library
Montana Historical Society
Western Heritage Center

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