Carla Homstad assumed her role as vice chair on January 1, 2021. A longtime resident of the Bitterroot Valley, Carla began her board service with Humanities Montana in 2019.
Carla’s passion for the humanities has spanned nearly five decades, beginning with her first year at the University of Montana in 1972. Inspired by Professor Emeritus Linda Frey’s survey course in European history, Carla eventually pursued a master’s degree in history from the University of Montana. As an associate historian at Historical Research Associates, Inc., she brought her expertise to topics such as water rights, tribal histories, and cultural landscapes. Carla recently retired and now focuses her attention on writing poetry.
Carla’s relationship with Humanities Montana extends back to 1996 when her M.A. thesis, “Small Town Eden: The Montana Study,” garnered the attention of then executive director Mark Sherouse. Sherouse invited Carla to participate in the Speakers Bureau, since renamed Montana Conversations.
Carla has a long history of promoting, celebrating, and practicing humanities scholarship and outreach. Humanities Montana appreciates her leadership. Congratulations, Carla!