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.
Six Montanans were recognized during the 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards Ceremony on January 26, 2017.
Chere Jiusto advocates for preserving Montana's cultural and historic landscapes through serving as executive director of the Montana Preservation Alliance and leading programs on historic preservation throughout the state.
John Murray has worked tirelessly to preserve and share traditional Pikuni culture through his role as the Blackfeet Nation’s tribal historic preservation officer.
Hal and Sheila Stearns have taught, supported, and demonstrated the value of the humanities through their distinguished roles in Montana education. Hal has served as a teacher and public humanities presenter and Sheila served as the Montana Commissioner of Higher Education.
Karen Aspevig Stevenson shares the history of her home region, Miles City and surrounding communities, through authorship, advocacy, and bringing Evelyn Cameron to life in living history presentations.
Dorothea Susag is an award-winning high school teacher who has been critical to successful implementation of the Indian Education for All initiative for Montana students.
Many thanks to the sponsors of the 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards!