Humanities Montana celebrated its 50th anniversary!
In January, the Humanities Montana board of directors welcomed two new board members, Esther Beth Sullivan of Billings and Francine Spang-Willis of Bozeman. Jeremy Carl of Bozeman joined the board as a governor’s appointee in November 2022.
After over two years of virtual meetings due to the pandemic, the Humanities Montana board of directors met in person again in May in Bozeman. In-person programs for Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools resumed on March 1, 2022.
Director of programs and grants and founding director of the Montana Book Festival, Kim Anderson, retired after 23 years of service to Humanities Montana.
Humanities Montana celebrated its 50th anniversary! Throughout the year, previous board members, friends, and supporters penned “Golden Anniversary” letters for our monthly e-newsletter, and many were published in newspapers throughout the state. A special tribute video included interviews with previous board members and friends.
With special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative, Humanities Montana sent 200 Gather Round DIY Humanities Toolkits to individuals all over the state. The kits featured Living Nations, Living Words, an anthology of Native American poetry edited by the U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and activities designed to explore and reflect on a sense of self and place through conversations with friends and neighbors.