2017 - 2017

2017 Major Accomplishments

The Big Read Event

Metis Festival

  • Governor Steve Bullock recognizes Chere Jiusto, John Murray, Hal and Sheila Stearns, Karen Stevenson, and Dottie Susag with the Governor’s Humanities Award. Michael Punke, a former Humanities Montana board member, provides a stirring keynote address at the awards banquet.
  • Humanities Montana introduces its Tribal Partnerships Initiative during a fall board meeting in Browning. The first tribal partner is the Aassaistto Language Society on the Blackfeet Reservation, dedicated to Pikanni language revitalization.
  • Sidney welcomes Hometown Humanities with diverse programs for schools and museums. A capstone lecture focuses on the legacy of the Bakken oil boom.
  • The Montana Center for the Book awards its first prizes.
  • The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation provides a three-year award to support Speakers in the Schools across Montana.
  • 64 grants support projects such as a film focused on a Montanan living in a biracial world, a Michif (Metis) cultural festival, and an exhibit on the cultures of Billings’ Southside.
  • Ken Egan publishes his second public history book, Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood, to encourage Montanans to reconsider their past and present.