May 2024 Program News

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Humanities Montana welcomes Jenny Bevill as Programs Manager

Programs Manager Jenny Bevill

Humanities Montana welcomes Jenny Bevill as programs manager! In her new role, Jenny will continue to coordinate efforts with the Democracy Project and begin to manage the Montana Center for the Book. As a program of Humanities Montana, the Montana Center for the Book is one of 56 Affiliates of the Library of Congress and its Center for the Book. These centers promote reading, libraries, and literacy across the country. The mission of the Montana Center for the Book is to promote awareness of books, writing, reading, the book arts, publishing, and literacy in Montana. Please check out the Montana Center for the Book website for updates!

Programs spring trip around Montana

Outside of Ekalaka Public Library
Humanities Montana Staff with Librarians at Gallatin High School
Spring Outreach Map

Each spring, HM programs staff takes an outreach trip across Montana. The trip in April included visits to Fort Benton, Geraldine, Glasgow, Poplar, Sidney, Circle, Wibaux, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus, Colstrip, Crow Agency, Billings, Columbus, Bozeman, and Butte! During their trip, Jenny Bevill and John Knight visited current Democracy Project sites and met with new program presenters, librarians, authors, teachers, and museum administrators. Along with Humanities Montana Board vice chair Esther Beth Sullivan, they attended the start of a symposium on the history of land loss of the Crow People at Little Bighorn College in Crow Agency.

Jenny and John’s final stop was Butte, where they attended the Montana Library Association conference with other Humanities Montana staff. At the conference, they supported teens from the Columbia Falls High School Democracy Project cohort and librarians from Miles City, who presented the civics program to the conference audience. John also teamed up with our grants and evaluations director, Megan Hill Sundy, for a United We Stand listening session with librarians. The goal of this session was to hear from librarians on how Humanities Montana programs and grants can meet community needs through the public humanities across Montana.