Memories and Legacies of World War I : Commemorating The Armistice
Oct
9
to Nov 11

Memories and Legacies of World War I : Commemorating The Armistice

This first time collaborative event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI and commemorate Armistice Day November 11th will include book club, lectures, a night of poetry, children’s day at GHM, music and dance performance, and to close on November 11th the Bozeman Public Library will host guest speakers, experts on WWI artifacts and photographs.

Location, dates and times will be posted individually. All events are open and free to the public!

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Todd Harwell-"No More War, No More Plague-The Spanish Influenze Pandemic Toll on Montana"
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Todd Harwell-"No More War, No More Plague-The Spanish Influenze Pandemic Toll on Montana"

The 1918 influenza pandemic is recognized as the most devastating infectious disease event in recorded history, causing more than 50 million deaths worldwide. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the flu pandemic and public health remains critical in preparing for and mitigating serious infectious disease threats.

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International Archaeology Day-Free Museum Day
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

International Archaeology Day-Free Museum Day

Join the Gallatin History Museum and Project Archaeology as we partner to celebrate International Archaeology Day with fun interactive children’s tables. Stations will be set up in the main-hall of the museum using museum artifacts and photographs from the collection to engage and inspire young explorers.

International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Documentary film screening of "Hello Girls"
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Documentary film screening of "Hello Girls"

Gen. John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I, reviews American female telephone operators who provided a critical job during the war connecting phone calls and translating conversations between American and French troops. When the women who served in the Army Signal Corps returned home after the war and tried to join veterans organizations they were told they were civilian contractors and were not veterans. Efforts to get them veteran recognition took more than six decades. (Photo: National Archives)

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The Poetry of War
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Poetry of War

Enjoy a night of curated poetry in the main-hall of the Gallatin History Museum.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the Gallatin History Museum and MSU Center for Western Lands & People fall 2018 collaboration, “Memories and Legacies of World War I - Commemorating the Armistice".  Additional community support provided by MSU Library, the Bozeman Public Library, MSU Department of History and Philosophy, and the Museum of the Rockies.

 

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Dale Martin-False Armistice:Wars End and Disputed Aftermaths
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Dale Martin-False Armistice:Wars End and Disputed Aftermaths

The last major combat in the First World War, on the Western Front, ended on the 11th of November, 1918.  Regional conflicts and civil wars that began in the context of the Great War continued, however, into the mid-1920s in parts of Europe and Asia.  The presentation will begin with a quick overview of the war from 1914 to 1918, and then cover some aspects pertaining to Montana, such as Montana's oft-repeated claim that it contributed more soldiers, proportional to population, than any other state in the nation.  The tumultuous years after 1918 will be summarized: the political turmoil in the United States and ongoing warfare in Ireland, Russia, and Turkey.  The conclusion will consider the enduring and complex legacy of the Armistice and the symbol of the red poppy. 

 

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Armistice Day Program-Speakers and Exhibits-Bozeman Public Library
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Armistice Day Program-Speakers and Exhibits-Bozeman Public Library

Armistice Day honored those who gave their lives in “the war to end all wars”— a day of hope that they had not given their lives in vain. But within a few years, and in spite of an impressive effort on the part of the Western democracies to limit arms and to outlaw war, aggressors rearmed and war came again. Ironically, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday in the United States in 1938, just 1 year before a second and more terrible conflagration swept across Europe.

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Conservation Bus Tour with Gallatin Valley Land Trust
May
24
5:30 PM17:30

Conservation Bus Tour with Gallatin Valley Land Trust

 

Much of our valley's open spaces are in agricultural production. We're taking two bus loads of our friends to meet the people behind the scenes and learn about the rich heritage that was protected along with the land. Special guests and partners from the Gallatin History Museum will be sharing fun facts about the agricultural history of the Gallatin Valley and how it has shaped the place we know and love.

Registration for the Conservation Bus Tour is open. This event is free and open to the public. The tour always sells out so if you cannot use your ticket, please cancel so we can fill your seat.

This year's Conservation Bus Tour* will highlight the rich heritage and history of our agricultural lands and farming families. We're very excited to be hosting this tour in partnership with our friends at the Gallatin History Museum. We'll board the buses at the Gallatin History Museum and head toward the Springhill area where we'll visit two conserved properties. Both properties utilized funding from the Gallatin County Open Lands Program to conserve the open land in perpetuity. Gallatin County voters will have an opportunity to renew funding for this program through an Open Lands Levy on the June 5th ballot. The levy will allow GVLT and others to continue protecting historically significant farms like the ones we'll visit, along with habitat, water, and working lands across our valley.

The tour will stop at the Toohey property to hear about the family history on the land and the homestead history, including tours of historic buildings, filled with original tools, that were used when the farm was first established. We'll then visit the 13 Mile Lamb and Wool property and hear about the Reese Family homestead and history of the land.

In between visits the Gallatin History Museum will share fun and interesting facts about the history of farming in the Gallatin Valley. Much of Bozeman's history, and the history of other towns throughout the valley, are rooted in agriculture. You'll have great tidbits to share at your next dinner party! When did farming start here and why? Who were the people that homesteaded here and where did they come from? What types of crops were growing in different parts of the valley and why? How did different national events affect the agricultural community in the Gallatin Valley? Why was this valley so unique for agricultural?

The tour will end at the Gallatin History Museum and we'll have a brief optional reception in the museum to see the new agricultural heritage exhibit.

GVLT is the beneficiary of Bozeman Craft Beer Week and we'll be drinking the collaboration beer specially brewed for GVLT, Gallatin Valley Lager. Snacks provided but attendees should plan to eat dinner before or after the tour.

* Please note that this is a school bus, not a fancy bus. We're a nonprofit after all!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservation-bus-tour-tickets-45324836807

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If These Walls Could Talk-Researching a Historic Building with the Extreme History Project
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

If These Walls Could Talk-Researching a Historic Building with the Extreme History Project

Every building has a history and a story to tell. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to uncover the history of a house or a historic building. Experts will share their research techniques and we'll introduce you to maps, historic photographs, city directories, and many other tools at the Gallatin History Museum that will help you in your research to uncover the history of a house or building. You’ll have the opportunity to receive hands-on direction in exploring the Gallatin History Museum archives. We will take a short walking tour of a historic neighborhood to better understand the architectural styles and character of historic Bozeman.

When: May 19, 2018 9am to 5pm
Where: Gallatin County Court House and Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman, MT
Registration: $45 for non-members, $41 for members or register for all three workshops for $120. Registration fee includes all materials, lunch and snacks. Follow this link to purchase tickets online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/if-these-walls-could-talk-researching-a-historic-house-or-building-tickets-45071701673
More Information or to register: Contact Crystal Alegria at crystal@extremehistoryproject.org

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners on the Making History Relevant Workshop Series:
Humanities Montana
Gallatin History Museum
Montana State University Library
Montana State University Special Collections and Archives
MSU's Center for Western Lands and Peoples
Museum of the Rockies
Gallatin County Genealogical Society
Generous support from a local anonymous donor

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Wolfgram-Hale-East Gallatin/Hamilton Cemetary:  Locating the Unmarked Component
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Wolfgram-Hale-East Gallatin/Hamilton Cemetary: Locating the Unmarked Component

Please join the Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series Wednesday May 7th at 6:00 in the Hager Auditorium at MOR.

East Gallatin/Hamilton Cemetery:  Locating the Unmarked Component

Presenters Terri Wolfgram and Eileen Skinner-Hale

The East Gallatin (also known as The Hamilton) Cemetery was one of the earliest formal burial grounds in the Gallatin Valley, established in 1865 by the pioneer families settling the rich farm lands. These people were the first ones that entered the valley in covered wagons in 1864 headed for the gold fields of Alder Gulch while the Civil War was still raging in and ravaging the lands to the east. Many left the deplorable lawless conditions of Nevada and Virginia City and returned to farm the Gallatin Valley.
The cemetery has 260 marked graves and many unmarked burials including a “Pauper Section”. Some family have four generations buried there starting in the 1860s until present. After the droughts hitting the farmers hard from 1919 on and then the desperation of the Great Depression of the 1930s, many of the families moved away and the cemetery was untended, becoming overgrown with sage, thistles and other weeds – the existing tombstones barely visible.
In 2016, a group of locals decided to clean up and revive the historic cemetery. The revived the Cemetery Board, solicited funds to record graves and identify un-marked burials, of which there are over 200. With help from the Montana Archaeological Society’s Conservation Fund, along with help from the Historic Preservation Board of Gallatin County, and other funding and labor sources, the work of research, magnetometry, Ground Penetrating Radar and individual documentation of each marked grave began with the final goal of providing an accurate map of the burial locations. This talk will take you through the process.

Terri Wolfgram, a resident of the Gallatin Valley for 46 years,  received her degree in Anthropology from MSU.  She retired from a pay check in 2013 after working with Dr. Les Davis and the Museum of the Rockies for 10 years and then the Bureau of Land Management for 16 years, where she developed an expertise in historic mining.  Forever an archaeologist, she spends her “retirement” time digging in the dirt of her garden or on archaeological/historical projects of personal interest.

Elaine Skinner Hale, born in the Gallatin Valley, graduated from MSU and received a MS in Anthropology from the Univ. of MT.  Retired after 25 years working in archaeology and historic preservation in Yellowstone National Park, she has returned to her Manhattan home where she enjoys working on various cultural projects.

 

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Thank you to Museum of the Rockies for co-hosting this evening.

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Ice Patch Program and Exhibit Opening
May
2
9:30 AM09:30

Ice Patch Program and Exhibit Opening

Ice Patch Exhibit Opening and Presentation
May 2nd 6:30 Gallatin History Museum Main Hall
Dr. Craig M. Lee
Free and Open to the Public

Just as the technological development of the aqualung and submersibles opened the oceans to archaeology and other research opportunities, global warming is opening the cryosphere as a new research frontier. The identification of rare, unique and important artifacts and paleobiological specimens at melting ice patches holds the potential to revolutionize anthropological theories and concepts pertaining to human adaptation and utilization of the Alpine. This evening’s talk will convey some of the exciting results stemming from ice patch research in the Greater Yellowstone and beyond.

Dr. Craig M. Lee is a is a Research Scientist II/Associate Professor at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Montana State University, and a Principal Investigator at Metcalf Archaeological Consultants. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. from Montana State University. He serves on the boards of directors for the PaleoCultural Research Group and the Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve and volunteers with numerous organizations. His research interests include the human ecology and landscape archaeology of alpine and high latitude environments with an emphasis on sharing the process and results with numerous audiences, including the professional scientific community, descendant Native American communities, and the public. Dr. Lee’s research has been published in numerous venues, including Antiquity, American Antiquity, Arctic, and The Holocene.

The exhibit will be up until July 31, 2018.

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Gallatin Historical Society Spring Members Meeting and Program
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Gallatin Historical Society Spring Members Meeting and Program

The name Calamity Jane brings to mind an iconic character of the American West.  Accounts of Calamity—whose real name was Martha Canary—are legion and she has achieved mythical status in the lore of the frontier.  She lived and traveled throughout Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas from 1867 to 1903, during some of the West’s wildest days. The voracious Victorian press sensationalized her activities, and as a flamboyant character in popular dime novels, Calamity Jane’s legend grew until the person behind the character all but disappeared.  Mary Jane Bradbury will bring to life insights about Calamity’s real life through the eyes of madam Dora DuFran, a Black Hills pioneer, entrepreneur and close friend of Calamity’s. Ms. DuFran built a successful red light business during the rambunctious early days of the western frontier in Deadwood, South Dakota, and has a unique perspective about how wild it really was.  Ms. DuFran knows better than anyone the life of Martha Canary and Calamity Jane, two quite different women, one legendary, one all but forgotten. 

 

Mary Jane Bradbury is a scholar and actress with over 25 years of experience bringing history to life for audiences of all ages in the Rocky Mountain region.  She is a member of the Humanities Montana and Colorado Humanities Speakers Bureaus, and before moving to Montana, was an historic interpreter for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

 

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Chere' Jiusto and Christine Brown-MPA
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Chere' Jiusto and Christine Brown-MPA

Explore the hayloft, stalls, and hardware of a Montana barn and you will learn much about the state's farm and ranch traditions. Crib barns, with walls of timber stacked like Lincoln logs, show the influence of French-Canadian and Scandinavian immigrants. Gambrel-roofed barns, which shed heavy snowfall and provide roomy haylofts, tell of the long Montana winters that necessitated ample hay storage. Tack rooms, once filled with harnesses and gear, tell of workhorses given shelter in heavy-duty stalls nearby.

Beyond their utilitarian functions, barns are simply beautiful. Some stand proudly, their freshly painted red lines contrasting sharply with the golden wheat in surrounding fields. But some, less fortunate, are falling into disrepair. Marked by rotting timbers and broken windowpanes, these crumbling buildings still have much to teach us. Historic Barns of Montana presents the best, most unique, most significant, and most beautiful of these barns. Photographer Tom Ferris explored barns inside and out across Montana, snapping the hundreds of photographs in the book. Authors and architectural historians Chere Jiusto and Christine Brown help readers understand the significance of what they are looking at and tell the stories of individual barns.

Historic Barns of Montana recognizes these buildings as both useful and beautiful, encourages their preservation, and honors the ranch and farm families that built them.

Book available for purchase in the Gallatin History Museum bookstore.

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Tory Taylor
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Tory Taylor

On the Trail of the Mountain Shoshone Sheep Eaters: A High Altitude Archaeological and Anthropological Odyssey    

Tory Taylor is an avid outdoorsman who has spent his entire adult life exploring and experiencing the natural and human history of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. His interest in Sheep Eater archaeology led him on a personal odyssey. As a wilderness horse outfitter, he generously shared his knowledge with those he guided through this last intact temperate zone ecosystem. Taylor now enjoys hunting, wilderness trips with his wife Meredith and solo trips through the mountains with his loyal horses.    

 Tory Taylor's book "On the Trail..." is about the Mountain Shoshone, the people who lived in Wyoming’s Wind River and Absaroka ranges prior to European contact. It makes use of ethnographic data, observations by early 19th century explorers and mountain men, archaeological data and Taylor’s own experience in locating archaeological sites and experimenting with the technology and diet of these Native Americans. As someone who knows the archaeology well, I found no errors in the book, and even learned a few things from it. But it is also more: it is a kind, calm, and caring book, written by a kind, calm and caring hand. The reader learns about the Shoshone, but also about respect for land, for knowledge, and for other people. The language is utterly accessible to all, and the text is knowledgeable. It is neither encyclopedic nor analytical and it does not intend to be. Instead it is an understanding of the region’s history by someone who knows the Greater Yellowstone area personally, as a hunting guide and outfitter and who has assisted in its archaeological investigation. Knowing the Mountain Shoshone through Taylor’s eyes produces a better book for the lay reader than a trained archaeological expert such as myself could write. I enjoyed it and I think many others will as well. The audience includes anyone interested in the natural history, archaeology and human history of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. R.L. Kelly         

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2018 Family Fundraiser Costume Gala
Feb
17
5:30 PM17:30

2018 Family Fundraiser Costume Gala

Join us on February 17th at 5:30 pm for a family-friendly evening on the frontier to celebrate the museum’s new programs and exhibits!

The event will include catered food and drink, historical characters, costumes, and family activities. Families can enjoy museum exhibits, treasure hunts, games and prizes, as well as a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds from the event will benefit Gallatin History Museum’s Education Programs.

Tickets are $50 for a family, or $25 for an individual adult.

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Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Mark Browning
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series-Mark Browning

The First Photographers: Eastern Montana Territory From 1870s

A photographic record of the military, civilian and native inhabitants following the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory.

Following the American Civil War, the U.S. Army’s domestic attention turned to the protection of European based settlers moving west. After the humiliating defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the resultant build and related activities of Fort Keogh was documented by photographers commissioned to record the changes to this new frontier. Names such as Fouch, Morrow, Huffman and Barthelmess were hired to accomplish this and were followed by the civilian efforts such as those by R.C.Morrison, E.J. Cameron and others. See examples of their “first-ever” captures along with brief histories of these early pioneers.

Mark Browning is  third generation Montanan from Miles City, he began actively gathering historic images of these early photographers in 1995 when he returned as executive director/ curator of its WaterWorks Art Museum (formerly Custer County Art & Heritage Center). Over the next 20 years, he oversaw the Museum's collected vintage works and information related to these figures.

Thank you to Museum of the Rockies for providing the use of the Hager Auditorium and to their staff that makes it possible.  This event is free and open to the public.  

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Honoring Our Veterans: A Young History Explorers Program
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Honoring Our Veterans: A Young History Explorers Program

Join us for a special Veteran's Day event for children! Families will have the opportunity to explore exhibits, photographs and firsthand accounts of Montana's involvement in the United States Armed Forces, including our special World War I exhibit. Visitors can learn about the origins of Montana State University's ROTC program, and will be able to view artifacts that belonged to local members of the military throughout history. Children can create crafts and artwork honoring a veteran in their life or community!

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No Tricks, Just Treats
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

No Tricks, Just Treats

Join us as we partner with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office for a fun-filled family day at the Gallatin History Museum, which was the County Jail from 1911-1982. This is a family-friendly event intended to promote safety and fun interactions with local law enforcement officers.

Admission is free!

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Young History Explorers Program: Victorian Bozeman - Tea and Trains!
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Young History Explorers Program: Victorian Bozeman - Tea and Trains!

The grand finale of our summer programs will celebrate the era of the railroad with a fancy Victorian tea party! Families can learn about how Bozeman changed after the arrival of the railroad, and view artifacts and clothing from the Victorian era. Children can make traditional Victorian and railroad-related crafts. Fancy costumes are encouraged!

Between 11 am and 3 pm, families can stop by the museum to enjoy engaging exhibits, learning activities, and creative crafts. Participation is free with admission. 

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Young History Explorers Program: Exploring with Lewis and Clark!
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Young History Explorers Program: Exploring with Lewis and Clark!

Get to know two of Montana's most famous visitors with scientific and historical activities based on the famous 1804 expedition! Children can decorate maps, create their own science journals, explore the plants and animals of Montana, and learn about the American Indian tribes that Lewis and Clark encountered on their journey. 

Between 11 am and 3 pm, families can stop by the museum to enjoy engaging exhibits, learning activities, and creative crafts. Participation is free with admission. 

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Young History Explorers Program: Making a Museum
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

Young History Explorers Program: Making a Museum

Why do we have museums, and how are museum exhibits made? Visitors during this program can explore these questions while learning about the creative process behind designing a museum or exhibit. Children can visit a series of craft and design stations to create their own mini-museum!

Between 11 am and 3 pm, families can stop by the museum to enjoy engaging exhibits, learning activities, and creative crafts. Participation is free with admission. 

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Young History Explorers Program: Pioneer Adventures
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Young History Explorers Program: Pioneer Adventures

Families will learn about life as a pioneer by exploring the museum's cabin and homestead era artifacts, and participating in arts, crafts, and other hands-on activities. The day will include making frontier treats and toys! 

Between 11 am and 3 pm, families can stop by the museum to enjoy engaging exhibits, learning activities, and creative crafts. Participation is free with admission. 

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Young History Explorers Program: Flappers and Outlaws
Jun
10
11:00 AM11:00

Young History Explorers Program: Flappers and Outlaws

Experience the Roaring Twenties with the museum's collection of 1920s clothing and artifacts! Children can learn about this unique period in history by decorating Gatsby-era accessories and clothing, playing lawn games, making Art Deco crafts, exploring the museum's jail cells, and participating in a historical mystery at the museum. 

Between 11 am and 3 pm, families can stop by the museum to enjoy engaging exhibits, learning activities, and creative crafts. Participation is free with admission. 

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Books and Brunch
Apr
2
11:00 AM11:00

Books and Brunch

The Gallatin Historical Society/Gallatin History Museum is sorry to announce that the Books and Brunch event scheduled for this Sunday on April 2nd at 11:00 am has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Jane Quinn the event chairwoman had a death in the family and had to travel out of state.  Jane has a personal relationship with all the home owners and the special events committee felt that it would be best to postpone the event so that Jane and her family could participate at a later date.

For more information, please call Gallatin History Museum 406-522-8122.

 

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Roosevelt Comes to Bozeman
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Roosevelt Comes to Bozeman

Please join us for "Roosevelt Comes to Bozeman", Monday November 7th, 6:30 pm at the Gallatin History Museum 317 West Main Bozeman.  This program is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Humanities Montana and  The Montana Council for History and Civics Education.  

Meet the vibrant 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Even Roosevelt’s critics admired the man who took on the corporate trusts, charged up San Juan Hill, defied the Party "bosses," built the Panama Canal, defined conservation and won a Nobel Peace Prize. Hear his views on conservation, agriculture, and democracy, all shaped by his Western experience. Portrayed by Archer Ellwein, President Roosevelt talks of his experiences in Montana as a rancher and sportsman. Following his "press conference," the actor/historian comes out of character for further discussion.
 
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Beer Social Hour-Opening of the GHM Brewery Exhibit
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Beer Social Hour-Opening of the GHM Brewery Exhibit

Please join the Gallatin History Museum for a casual beer social from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and enjoy beer donated by Bozeman Brewery and 406 Brewery.  This social is in part to celebrate the opening of the new Brewery Exhibit in the main hall of the museum but also to share the museum with the community.  Please feel free to stay after the social for the arrival of Teddy Roosevelt.  President Roosevelt will share some comments about the west and his Presidency.  The evening is free and open to all.  

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Gallatin History Museum Lecture Series-Rachel Phillips-Legendary Locals of Bozeman Hager Auditorium MOR
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Lecture Series-Rachel Phillips-Legendary Locals of Bozeman Hager Auditorium MOR

We are so pleased to announce that our own Rachel Phillips' book, Legendary Locals of Bozeman, was published this summer and that she will be the featured presenter for our October Lecture. Come hear some of the backstories about our colorful and legendary locals.  

Rachel Phillips was born in Billings, but grew up in Bozeman. She graduated from Bozeman High School and completed a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies from Montana State University in 2006. After working for the U.S. Postal Service, she accepted a position at the Pioneer Museum (now the Gallatin History Museum) in 2008, to begin the process of digitizing collections. Rachel is now involved with multiple aspects of Museum operation, including overseeing the Research Library, helping to assemble the Quarterly Magazine, managing membership records, greeting visitors, and assisting researchers. 

"From its inception as a supply town during Montana's gold rush in the 1860's, Bozeman has attracted visionaries, leaders, and pioneering thinkers. Bozeman's first mayor, John V. Bogert, established a precedent for keeping the city clean, safe, and orderly. City commissioner and tireless worker Mary Vant Hull spearheaded efforts to build a new library and to expand local parks and trails, and early physician Dr. Henry Foster successfully performed one of the first cesarean sections in Montana. Incredibly talented outdoor advocates and athletes like mountain climber Alex Lowe and long-distance runner Ed Anacker have complemented Bozemans outdoor lifestyle. An emphasis on art, music, and culture began in the 1860's with piano and voice sensation Emma Weeks Willson and today, artist Jim Dolan's sculptures are enjoyed all over town, and illusionist Jay Owenhouse wows children and adults with his live shows. Inspiring individuals like Cody Dieruf, who passed away from cystic fibrosis at the age of 23, and dedicated streetcar driver Larry OBrien have added kindness and courage to local life."

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Speaker Series - Michael Herdina - Manhattan's Historic Garden Cafe

The Garden Café in Manhattan, MT has become one of the iconic buildings of downtown Manhattan. However, it was not always a café. It would serve as a vaudeville theater, boxing arena, roller skating rink and as a creamery. Throughout the existence of this building, it has served as a reflection of the Manhattan community as a role. As it proceeds through the twenty first century it continues to be a landmark of Manhattan's past and present.

Please join us as local historian Michael Herdina shares the stories of The Garden Café with his presentation "Lions and Fights and Burgers:  Manhattan's Historic Garden Café"

Wednesday September 14th 6:00 at the Hagar Auditorium Museum of the Rockies. Free and open to the public.

Michael Herdina was born in the Gallatin Valley and was raised in Manhattan. Upon graduation from Manhattan High School in 2002, Michael attended the University of Montana-Western. He graduated in 2007 with a degree in Secondary Education and a major in History and a minor in English. He spent his first six years out teaching in Melstone and Harlowton and recently taught middle school social studies teacher in Gallatin Gateway. Currently, he serves as the director for outreach and development for the Gallatin History Museum In addition to his teaching duties, Michael also serves on the board for the Montana Council for History and Civics Education as well as the state coordinator for Montana National History Day.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking, reading, researching and writing. But most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife Sara and playing with his four year old son Gabriel and his seven month old daughter Rose. 

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Gallatin History Museum Speaker Series-Special Presentation-George Bird Ginnell, Father of Glacier National Park
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Gallatin History Museum Speaker Series-Special Presentation-George Bird Ginnell, Father of Glacier National Park

Mr. Hugh Grinnell, distant cousin of George Bird Grinnell, impersonates his cousin in period costume and tells his story in a live presentation using projections of historical photos, maps, and quotes to provide a living, first-person presentation of Bird Grinnell’s story. The presentation derives its authenticity from George Bird Grinnell’s own field journals, published books, his editorials over 35 years from Forest and Stream sportsmen’s newspaper, his letters, and letters to him from his contemporaries who figure prominently throughout the 60-minute show. The audience does not “hear about” historical events; it experiences them.

 

An 1870 graduate of Yale College, George Bird Grinnell began his more than 40 years of exploration into the “West” the summer of his graduation where he developed his attitudes about protecting wildlife, conserving water and forests, and protecting the land for U.S. citizens and the lifestyles of the Native Americans.

As a frequent contributor to Forest and Stream sportsmen’s journal, and as eventual editor and owner, he was able to convince his reading public that changes needed to be made in Americans’ attitudes about “conservation”. He recommended and outlined a system of national parks in 1874.

He lobbied State and Federal Congressmen to implement legislation for the protection of what would become national parks. He befriended Teddy Roosevelt whose conservation policy when President was greatly influenced by “Bird” Grinnell. Grinnell is called the “Father of American Conservation” and the “Father of Glacier National Park”. He founded the first Aububon Society to protect non-game birds from extinction.

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4th Annual Barn Tour~Horse Properties
May
14
10:30 AM10:30

4th Annual Barn Tour~Horse Properties

Please join the Gallatin History Museum for a day long tour of local historic horse properties. We will provide transportation, sack lunch and information at each property by MSU Associate Professor of Architecture Maire O'Neill. This is a fundraiser for the Gallatin History Museum and tickets will be on sale online and at the museum $45.00 per person. Photographs are encouraged during the event.

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Gallatin History Museum Barn Weekend-Lecture, Pie Social and Tour
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Gallatin History Museum Barn Weekend-Lecture, Pie Social and Tour

Please join us Friday night at the museum for a lecture by Maire O'Neill with a pie social to follow. Maire is an Associate Professor of Architecture at MSU with the focus of her work on rural properties. This year the Gallatin History Museum is highlighting horse properties for this very popular event. Tickets will be on sale online or at the museum and is a fundraiser for the Gallatin History Museum-$20.00 includes the lecture and the pie social.

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