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June 2024

What Ever Happened to the News? – Dennis Swibold

In person or Via Zoom with Dennis Swibold. Never has so much news been available. The trick is knowing how to find it—and how to judge its credibility. This program—presented by a veteran journalist, author and educator—takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s...
06 Jun
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Chouteau County Library
1518 Main St, Fort Benton, Montana

Empowering Voices – Buck Hitswithastick

In this presentation, Buck Hitswithastick tackles the urgent issue of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples in Montana and beyond. By delving into the systemic roots of this crisis, including the legacy of colonialism and ongoing discrimination, we aim to raise awareness and promote change. Through dynamic discussions and visual aids, we will explore strategies for...
07 Jun
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Butte Public Library

Connecting to Land Through a Tribal Lens – Lailani Upham

Indigenous stories offer a unique way to understand the power of the natural world and our human connections to it. Through discussion about indigenous peoples’ ways of life, value systems, tribal languages, and stories created long before Montana was established in 1889, participants learn about a personal, soulful relationship to our natural world. Participants also...
07 Jun
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101

The Veteran’s Experience & Military Culture – Elizabeth Barrs

One in 10 Montanans is a veteran, yet how much do we know about the veteran’s experience and military culture? Literature, history, movies, and other media often portray the veteran in stereotype—brave hero, troubled youth, skilled warrior, apathetic killer, or unflappable leader. In this talk, Elizabeth Barrs, an army combat veteran and instructor of Veterans...
08 Jun
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Stillwater County Library
27 4th St, Columbus, MT 59019

Legacy Reclaimed – Buck HitswithaStick

This presentation celebrates the vibrant legacy and enduring spirit of Montana’s Indigenous peoples. Buck Hitswithastick will embark on a journey through the multifaceted history and culture of Montana’s Native communities, spanning from ancient times to the present. By highlighting pivotal figures and moments, he confronts the historical shadows of racism that have affected Montana’s First...
21 Jun
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101

Finding Montana – Ednor Therriault

It’s been said that Montana could be sliced up into at least half a dozen states. The diversity of cultures, economies, topography, history, and a hundred other factors tends to dictate what kind of Montanan you are, depending on where you live. Due to the vast distances between population centers in Big Sky Country, important...
21 Jun
5:30 pm
Carter County Museum
306 Main St, Ekalaka, MT 59324

Finding Montana – Ednor Therriault

It’s been said that Montana could be sliced up into at least half a dozen states. The diversity of cultures, economies, topography, history, and a hundred other factors tends to dictate what kind of Montanan you are, depending on where you live. Due to the vast distances between population centers in Big Sky Country, important...
22 Jun
1:00 pm
MonDak Heritage Center
120 3rd Ave SE
July 2024

An Inconvenient Grizzly – Greg Smith

Humans have been on the North American scene for an estimated 30,000 to 15,000 years. Our arrival was preceded by the grizzly bear by perhaps 20,000 years – who would cross the same tenuous landscape bridge, arriving in North America some 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. It is estimated that by the time of the...
17 Jul
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salmon Lake State Park
2329 MT-83, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

Dark Skies: Light Pollution & the Story of Montana’s Night Skies – Sabre Moore

The night sky has inspired generations of humanity to tell stories — some about heroes and adventures, others about life ways or the movements of seasons and animals. Today we find ourselves in a world in which dark skies are increasingly rare, especially in urban areas, due to the growing prevalence of light pollution. Join...
18 Jul
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Western Heritage Center
August 2024

Dance Dance Dance – Mark Matthews

Weaving together movement and history, Mark Matthews teaches students community dances like squares, contras and circles or couples dances like the jitterbug, waltz, two-step and foxtrot while explaining the history behind the dances. He focuses on how Native American, European and African styles of dance and music blended together to form America’s unique popular culture....
09 Aug
12:00 pm
Missoula County Fairgrounds

Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: The Life of Nancy Cooper Russell – Mary Jane Bradbury

Against the backdrop of the social and political reform of the early 1900s, Nancy Cooper Russell was a woman ahead of her time. A self-taught business woman with the ability to take charge, Nancy helped Charles M. Russell become the highest paid living artist of his time. Art historians consistently give her credit for being...
18 Aug
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Apgar Campground Amphitheater
Apgar Loop, West Glacier, MT 59936

Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: The Life of Nancy Cooper Russell – Mary Jane Bradbury

Against the backdrop of the social and political reform of the early 1900s, Nancy Cooper Russell was a woman ahead of her time. A self-taught business woman with the ability to take charge, Nancy helped Charles M. Russell become the highest paid living artist of his time. Art historians consistently give her credit for being...
21 Aug
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Two Medicine Campground Amphitheater
Galcier National Park
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