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.
The 2019 Governor's Humanities Awards Ceremony will recognize five Montanans for their achievements in humanities scholarship, service, and enhancement of public appreciation for the humanities. The awards ceremony will take place Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 3pm in the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena and is free and open to the public. A banquet follows the ceremony, with no-host cocktails at 6pm and a dinner and program at 7pm at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Helena Colonial.
Keynote address by Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman is a film, theater and television actor best known for his roles in Sleepless in Seattle, Independence Day, and While You Were Sleeping. He recently starred in The Ballad of Lefty Brown, a 2017 American western filmed in Bannack State Park that employed hundreds of Montanans. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate degree in arts from Montana State University, Bozeman where he once held roles as adjunct professor and co-chair of the theater department. A long-time supporter of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and member of the Artistic Director’s Circle, Mr. Pullman enjoys spending time on his ranch outside of Cardwell, MT that he co-owns with his brother.
Presentation of awards by Lt. Governor Mike Cooney
Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock in 2016 to become Montana’s 32nd Lieutenant Governor. He has served three terms as Secretary of State, as well as in both houses of the Montana legislative branch. Mike is dedicated to improving Montana’s public school systems by advocating for increased funding and support for educators. He has served on the boards of Helena Area Habitat for Humanity, Montana American Legion Boy and Girls State and the State Capitol Restoration Commission. A Montana native, the Lt. Governor graduated from Butte High School and the University of Montana.
Live music by ThreeForm
ThreeForm is comprised of bassist Rob Kohler, pianist Ann Tappan, and trombonist/vocalist MJ Williams. The trio presents a program of original new music laced with familiar work, re-conceived. This trio has been experimenting together for two decades, produced CDs and performed in many venues both large and small.
Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is a historian and public humanities presenter who is well-known for her books on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, including Why Sacagewea Deserves the Day Off: Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Ellen Crain is the long-time director of the Butte-Silver Bow Archives who is an expert on Butte’s history and led the campaign to refurbish the current Archives building, a model of historic preservation.
Tami Haaland is a statewide leader on poetry education who has served as Montana’s poet laureate and volunteers extensively in the Billings area to encourage literary engagement among citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
Thomas McGuane is an award-winning, nationally prominent writer who has captured Montana in all its complexity in his novels, short stories, and essays.
Elizabeth McNamer is a religious studies professor at Rocky Mountain College who has introduced Montana students to archeology in Israel and Montana citizens to literature through her public radio programs.
Awards Ceremony Transportation: There is limited parking at the Capitol Building. We recommend taking the Capital Courtesy Shuttle that will run from the J.C. Penny parking lot to the south doors of the Capitol. It will run continuously from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The route is estimated to take between 5 and 7 minutes.
Call Humanities Montana at (406) 243-6022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the honorees, ceremony, and banquet.
Susan and David Irion
Skip and Meg Herman