In the Works
Hometown Humanities is supported by Humanities Montana, but it’s led by Red Lodge locals. You and your neighbors decide what programs and events to do, spread the word, and show up to make them happen. It’s a lot of work, but the conversations and connections make it fun.
Here are a few proposals and some ideas in the early planning stages:
- A humanities and arts series at the Carbon County Arts Guild with workshops, walks, and talks on art and civic engagement, art and music, and art and nature beginning in early spring.
- A cultural festival in the fall of 2019 with authors, historians, journalists, artists, and storytellers leading conversations on all your favorite topics.
- Exhibits and presentations on smoke jumping, skiing, and hot air balloons at the Carbon County Historical Society.
- Community conversations in partnership with groups like the Red Lodge Carnegie Library, the Beartooth Front Community Forum, and Red Lodge Ales.
If you like these ideas or want to work on something different, contact the Humanities Montana program team, Kim Anderson and Sam Dwyer. We will put you in touch with the right people to make these and other events happen. After the initial planning stage, the next part of the process is event promotion. If you want to help get the word out about any or all of these events, contact Brooke Beighle.
John Clayton leads a conversation about the 1988 Yellowstone Fires on November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at The Willows, 2475 North Broadway.
To many people in Montana, the 1988 Yellowstone fires felt like a watershed event. In the three decades since that memorable summer, we’ve learned a lot about fire ecology and wildfire management. But did the fires change the way people think about America’s iconic landscape and first national park? What did they mean for the culture at large? Journalist and historian John Clayton reviews the events of the summer, and leads an exploration of how Yellowstone is tied to American cultural identity.
Hometown Humanities has several ready-made programs for teachers! They are all free to schools.
- Letters About Literature is a reading and writing program for students grades 4-12. It helps students connect with what they are reading, enter a conversation about literature, and practice letter writing. There are state and national prizes for exceptional letters.
- Montana Reads/Montana Writes sends professional writers into schools to work with students of all age levels. Want the poet laureate to visit your class? We can do that! Need a new voice in the classroom to run a writing workshop? We can do that, too!
- Speakers in the Schools brings experts and scholars on dozens of topics—from history to art, media literacy to science philosophy—to the classroom. We have a lot of variety in this program so call if you want help finding a good fit.