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Since 1984, Humanities Montana has honored excellence in the humanities in Montana. In 1995, Governor Marc Racicot and Humanities Montana (then the Montana Committee for the Humanities) conferred the first Montana Governor's Humanities Awards at a ceremony in Missoula. Governor's Humanities Awards ceremonies occurred in 1996, in Great Falls, in 1998, in Billings, in 2001 and 2003 with Governor Judy Martz, and in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 with Governor Schweitzer and Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger, in the state capitol in Helena.

Six Montanans will be recognized during the 2015 Governor’s Humanities Awards Ceremony on February 19, 2015 in the State Capitol Rotunda, Helena. Lt. Governor Angela McLean will officiate.

Congratulations to the 2015 Governor's Humanities Award recipients.

Philip Aaberg is a world-renowned musician and dedicated music educator who has shown a special commitment to cultural enrichment on the Hi-Line.

Read Philip Aaberg's acceptance speech here.
Jack Wallace Gladstone, an award-winning troubadour from the Blackfeet Indian Nation, illustrates Native Americana through lyric poetry, music, and spoken narrative.
Yvonne Gastineau Gritzner is a long-time humanities advocate who has developed and supported public programs and public broadcasting on a state and national level through her work with organizations such as Humanities Montana, Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Association of Public Television Stations, and the Friends of MontanaPBS.

Read Yvonne Gastineau Gritzner's acceptance speech here.
Kirby Lambert is a Western historian, Charlie Russell scholar, and long-time program director at the Montana Historical Society who has advanced public humanities immeasurably.
Dr. Richard E. Littlebear, president of Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, has shown unstinting support for Native American educational efforts and for the revitalization of all indigenous languages but, especially, the Cheyenne language.

Read Dr. Richard E. Littlebear's acceptance speech here.
William Rossiter, emeritus professor of literature at Flathead Valley Community College, has shared his love of history and folklore through his performances of American traditional music as a 30-year member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau.

Read William Rossiter's acceptance speech here.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the 2015 Governor's Humanities Awards banquet:

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