Upcoming Events

Fossil Hunter: Ferdinand Hayden and the Rise of Paleontology in Montana

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Montana Historical Society Community Preservation Coordinator Kate Hampton will present Fossil Hunter: Ferdinand Hayden and the Rise of Paleontology in Montana. During the 1850s, the study of prehistoric life was in its infancy. Darwin’s theories on evolution had yet to be published, and the term “dinosaur” had been coined just the decade before. Building on centuries of old ideas, a new generation of observers—geologists, naturalists, biologists—began to revolutionize the scientific community. One such scientist, Ferdinand Hayden, explored the American West with hopes of answering questions about the continent’s physical development. On a trip to the Missouri Breaks in 1855, Hayden made a remarkable discovery: the first identified dinosaur fossils in the Western Hemisphere. His work initiated a stampede of bone hunters to the western states—including Montana, where the “fossil boom” continues to this day.


Early Days on the Beartooth National Forest, through the camera eyes of Thomas "Shorty" Frederick Hogg & Arthur M. Baum

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Mike Bergstrom, Archeologist of the Custer National Forest will talk and present a slideshow on both "Shorty" and Arthur who worked on the Beartooth National Forest during the early 1900s and into the 19teens. The photograph collection show back-country scenes, people, buildings, animals, etc. Quite a few photos are unknown so audience participation is encouraged.


Museum Day - Free admission to the Museum

Friday, June 6, 2014

Free and open to the public

Museum Day invites all residents of Carbon County to experience the incredible wealth of our history and archives offered at the museum AT NO COST. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to discover our local treasures.


Founders Day at the Museum

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Free and open to the public

This years Founders Day will be a celebration of the 100 anniversary of the Elks Lodge building. Programs, tours, music and more... Admission and programs free on Saturday, June 7th.

10 am Historic downtown walking tour

11 am Historic hotel tour of The Pollard

12 pm Historic downtown walking tour

1 pm Historic hotel tour of The Pollard

All historic downtown walking and hotel tours start at The Pollard

2 pm Pam Todd, a History of the Elks at the Carbon County historical Society & Museum

Elks Club evening events include food, music and entertainment at the Elks Club


Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Merci Train

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Pam Todd has spent years researching the Merci Train. She even will tell a special story of how it relates to a Carbon County resident.

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at least that many individual French citizens. They were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York harbor on February 3rd, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii. Parades and ceremonies of welcome were conducted in the state capitols and major cities of almost all the states. The largest and most attended was in New York City where more than 200,000 people turned out to welcome that state's assigned box car.


Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Free for Members and $2.00 for all non members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Geology, Ecology Tour of the Beartooth Mountains

Saturday, July 12, 2014

$50 per person

Geology and Ecology tour of the Beartooth Highway with geologist Dr. Marv Kauffman and ecologist Dr. Phil Robertson will take place on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Since 1996, this team has led one-day excursions exploring the geological and ecological wonders of the Beartooths. Both men are retired university professors who for many years, have taught at the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association's summer programs. This is a tour that you will not soon forget. The cost is $50 per person with lunch included. Seating is limited, so make your reservations today at the Museum.


Natural History of Grizzly Bears

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Award-winning Red Lodge authors/photographers Jack Ballard and Lisa Densmore present a program on the natural history of grizzly bears. Based on the research for Jack's book, Grizzly Bears: A Falcon Field Guide, the program will dispel myths about this most revered and feared of large mammals, explaining their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, how they communicate and what you really need to know if you travel in the backcountry here and elsewhere. Then, Lisa will take everyone on a safari to photograph grizzly bears that she took last fall in British Columbia.


Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 5 p.m. to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Red Lodge

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

Join the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum for an early evening of historic fun. Meet at the Museum at 10am to join in a historic walking tour of downtown Red Lodge. Handouts will be provided and a guide will show you the wonderful historic buildings. All programs are free to members and $2.00 for non-members.


The Hoedown - Outlaw Style

Saturday, September 20, 2014

$50 per person. Reserved Tables are $750

Carbon County Historical Society and Museum's Annual Fundraiser. Dining, silent auction, live auction, entertainment and dancing. Don't miss this "heel-kickin" event. Held at Rock Creek Resort, south of Red Lodge at 5:30 pm.


Wildlands Photography

Thursday, October 23,2014

Free to members and $2.00 for non-members

A native of the Rock Creek Valley, Dick Forehand has spent his life in the outdoors of Montana and Wyoming. His love of nature has led to 44 years worth of photographs reflecting the beauty of the landscapes, wildlife, and plants of this region, It is his hope that his photographs will inspire appreciation of these special attributes of Montana's Wildlands-and their preservation for future generations. During his presentation at 7 pm, Dick will also discuss his photographic techniques and answer questions.