Upcoming Events

Geology, Ecology Tour of the Beartooth Mountains

Saturday, July 9th, 2016


Geology and Ecology tour of the Beartooth Highway will take place on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. More details coming soon. Seating is limited, so make your reservations today at the Museum.

Sixteen Tons: Songs and Stories of Work in America at the Museum

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Free and open to the Public

The Carbon County Historical Society & Museum will host Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau Program ¡°Load Sixteen Tons, And What Do You Get?¡± with Bill Rossiter on Wednesday July 13th at 7pm. The program will be held at the museum, located at 224 N Broadway in Red Lodge. The presentation is free and open to the public. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana¡¯s Cultural Trust.

From ¡°I¡¯ve Been Working on the Railroad¡± to ¡°Take This Job and Shove It,¡± Americans have sung about work, whether they¡¯re nine-to-fivers or dawn-to-duskers. The songs from union halls, mines, fields, factories, picket lines and jail cells are the soundtrack to an important part of American history, and they can still stir us. As one old-timer put it, ¡°The boss had all the money, but we had all the songs.¡±

Railroad CEO Jay Gould scoffed when he sent thugs to beat up striking workers: ¡°I can always hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.¡± But many workers, refusing to ¡°kill the other half,¡± tried to pull the halves together, and they used songs to boost their spirit, air their grievances, rally their fellow workers and show that ¡°united we stand¡± is more than just a slogan¡ªit¡¯s a tactic.

Bill Rossiter of Kalispell, Mont., emeritus instructor of literature, humanities and folklore, will accompany the songs with guitar, banjo, autoharp and harmonica

For more information, please call the museum at 406-446-3667