Upcoming Events

The Carbon County Historical Society and Museum presents Scottish Influence in MT History with Gary Robson

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

There is a $2 charge for nonmembers.

Scottish immigrants have figured heavily in the history of Montana, from the early trappers and traders through the homestead era, founding of Red Lodge, and mining era. At this lecture, you'll hear how the Scottish diaspora triggered a flood of immigrants that found Montana a worthy replacement for the Scottish highlands.

Gary will profile influential Scottish (and Scots-Irish) figures in Montana history, introduce Scottish culture, and discuss aspects of Scottish culture that still survive in Montana today, such as Highland games and Burns suppers.

Gary Robson, owner of the new Phoenix Pearl Tea Tavern in downtown Red Lodge, is generally involved in anything Scottish that goes on in and around Carbon County. He was the Scottish director of the Red Lodge Festival of Nations for over ten years, and served two terms as president. He has emceed Scottish Highland Games, Rabbie Burns suppers, St. Andrews dinners, festivals, concerts, and more.

Most known for his children's books, his history of the Smith Mine Disaster (The Darkest Hour) and his time as the publisher/editor of the Red Lodge Local Rag, Gary has written for magazines and newspapers as well, including articles about the history of the kilt. A former computer science teacher, he has also taught about Scottish history and weaponry.

This presentation will be held at the museum located at 224 N Broadway in Red Lodge. This event is free for museum members. There is a $2 charge for nonmembers. Call 406-446-3667 for more information.


Founders Day at the Museum

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Free and open to the public

Doors Open for a FREE Day at the museum
• Explore our new exhibits including hands-on experiences
• Help us identify unknown people in archival photographs of Carbon County
• Learn about new programming
• Sign up for an annual membership
• Meet our new Executive Director, Sarah Russell
• Get a behind the scenes tour of the museum
• Nosh on yummy appetizers provided by Pom Italian Eatery
• Find something wonderful for yourself or friends and family in our newly revamped Mercantile Gift Shop

11AM/1PM/3PM
Wildlife Meet & Greet w/Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
• Get a close-up encounter with one of the Sanctuary¡¯s furry friends
• Join animal care specialists to learning about the history of their organization and care of the animals
• Check out the exhibit inside the museum about Carbon County¡¯s history with human and wildlife interactions

12PM/2PM
Historical Walking Tour
• Join us for an enjoyable walk through Red Lodge to take in the historical sites and learn about the history of our town


Geology, Ecology Tour of the Beartooth Mountains

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Join us for a memorable time on our annual Ecology and Geology Tour of the Beartooth Highway. Since 1996, Dr. Phil Robertson has led one-day excursions exploring the wonders of the Beartooth Mountains focusing on the ecology of our region. He is once again joined by geologist Dr. Ennis Geraghty. Seating is limited and this trip sells out fast so sign up to ensure your spot.

Where: Board the bus at Carbon County Historical Society & Museum at 224 N. Broadway, Red Lodge.

Pricing: $78 per person includes your seat on a luxury tour bus with full amenities, lunch provided by Pom Italian Eatery and hand-outs relevant to your tour. Join the museum as a member prior to the event and receive a 5% discount.

Seating is limited, so make your reservations today at carboncountyhistory.com or call 406.446.3667. Tickets are non-refundable.