Upcoming Events

The 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Humanities Implications at the Museum

October 27, 2016


On Thursday October 27 at 7pm, the Carbon County Historical Society & Museum will host speaker John Clayton. John¡¯s presentation is titled ¡°The 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Humanities Implications.¡± To many people in Montana, the 1988 Yellowstone fires felt like a watershed event. In the almost three decades since that memorable summer, we¡¯ve learned a lot about fire ecology and wildfire management. But did the fires change the way people think about America¡¯s iconic landscape and first national park? What did they mean for the culture at large? Clayton reviews the events of the summer and leads an exploration of how Yellowstone is tied to American cultural identity. This program is free to Museum members and there is a $2 charge for non-members. The program will be held at the Museum, located at 224 N Broadway in Red Lodge.

Clayton is a freelancer who writes about the history and culture of the American West. His books include The Cowboy Girl and Stories of Montana¡¯s Enduring Frontier. He is a "Rural Route" columnist for The Montana Quarterly, a history columnist for Magic (City) Magazine in Billings, and the 2016 Visiting Writer in Residence at Montana State University-Billings. He is nearing completion of a new book, "Wonderlandscape," a cultural history of Yellowstone National Park. As a Resident Fellow at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, in 2014-15, he studied media coverage of the 1988 Yellowstone fires. This program is based on that research.

For more information, please call the Carbon County Historical Society at 406-446-3667.