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.