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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."