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Cooks and Cookbooks of Gallatin County

Join the Gallatin History Museum Monthly Speaker Series for this special presentation, "Cooks and Cookbooks of Gallatin County," with MSU Professor Mary Murphy and local community historian Richard Brown as they share the stories and research of two recently discovered cookbooks from early Bozeman.

One of the cookbooks belonged to Emma D. Weeks Willson of Bozeman, Montana. Duncan Kippen, Emma Willson's great-grandson, generously shared this volume for digitization. Emma collected these recipes from friends and family and recorded them in this book, likely beginning in 1916. Emma Weeks Willson was born March 13, 1841 in Vermont. She married Civil War Veteran and Brevet Brigadier General Lester S. Willson on March 2, 1869, and the couple arrived in Bozeman that summer. The Willsons owned and operated the Willson Company department store, spending the rest of their lives in Bozeman. Emma, in addition to being one of Gallatin County's early female residents, was well known for her musical abilities. She was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and was very involved in Bozeman's civic, social, and religious life. She passed away in 1923 and is buried in Bozeman's Sunset Hills Cemetery.

We will also be announcing a new collaborative project entitled,
"A Hundred Years of Cooking in Gallatin County, 1864-1964: A Community History Project"

The lecture is in the Hager Auditorium at Museum of the Rockies and is free and open to the public.

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