Photographer and biologist John Ashley has wandered around our state capturing elusive Montana beauty that can only be found in the dark — comets, meteor showers, shooting stars, northern lights, and the Milky Way. More than 80% of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way at night. Join John for a dazzling video and photographic tour of Montana at night, learn how to protect your family from the negative effects of artificial light, and get a glimpse of the future of tourism in the few remaining dark sky places.
Dana Wilson - Apsaalooke tribal member, cultural interpreter
A discussion on respect, clan system, enrollment, education, and psychology of a modern day Crow Indian. The Apsaalooke people had an educational and socialistic way of life, beginning at birth similar to Maslows Heirarchy of needs, with a different twist. We will also discuss how many higher educational programs sometimes overlook the natives who were born and raised on the reservations and attended reservation schools. Even though modern Apsaalooke people can never accomplish “war deeds” as our forefathers did, we can still achieve honor through different avenues such as sports, military honors, and higher education.
Wilson is an enrolled member of the Apsaalooke Tribe, Big Lodge Clan, child of the Bad War Deeds. He grew up in the Mighty Few District, graduated from Lodge Grass High school and worked in the coal mines for 15 years. He has served as an elected member of the Crow Legislative Branch for nine years, also vice chairman of the Crow Executive Branch four years. He earned a BS in geosciences from The University of Montana, and is a graduate of the Western College of Auctioneering. Wilson participates in many cultural activities, loves the outdoors and likes to call himself a horseman. He was instrumental in creating the Apsaalooke Language App, which is free to download.
An Extended History of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness--from 3.8 Billion Years Ago to the Future.
David Kallenbach, executive director, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation
Hal Stearns - historian, storyteller, guide
In 1862, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed one of America’s most important pieces of legislation: The Homestead Act. This far-reaching law impacted Montana then, and does to this very day. Montana has always been a state marked by boom and bust—the fur trade, cattle on the open range, the gold and silver, coal and oil rushes. But no moment in our history has left a mark like that of the “honyocker” or homesteader. Stearns describes the American West’s last great agricultural land rush and the drought and depression that followed, illustrating his talk with a myriad of signs left on the landscape.
Ellen Baumler - author and interpretive historian, Montana Historical Society
Chinese pioneers have been neglected in Montana’s written record, even though in 1870 they comprised 10 percent of the population. By the 1950s, very few remained. Chinese homes and businesses fell victim to urban renewal programs. Time erased their remote mining and railroad camps. Traces of their culture disappeared, and their stories have become obscured in myth and legend. What happened to these pioneers and where did they go? Historian and award-winning author Baumler explores Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts, and rare remaining landmarks, recalling the contributions of Montana’s Chinese residents and the cultural footprints they left behind.
Bill Rossiter - retired instructor of literature and folklore, chair of Humanities Division at Flathead Valley Community College
This musical presentation details the values, experiences, humor and tragedies unique to building a life in the rural West. Carving a home out of the high plains wilderness was tough enough, but these songs and stories—some serious, some funny, some seriously funny—show that staying for the long haul added flint to the soul. Rossiter accompanies the songs with guitar, banjo, autoharp, and harmonica. He encourages audience members to share personal or family stories about life on the range.
Franco Littlelight - artist, storyteller
The history of the Crow People is closely tied to the Montana, Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan landscape. Franco Littlelight shares this history through storytelling, song, poetry, music, and images. Using oral traditions, anthropology research, and archaeological perspectives the origin story of the Crow People unfolds from the mythic wellspring to the separation from the Sioux and Hidatsa, from life along the Yellowstone to the heartbreaking separation from the Yellowstone valley marking the end of the Buffalo Days.
1988 Yellowstone Fires with John Clayton, author
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? Journalist and historian John Clayton reviews the events of the summer, and leads an exploration of how Yellowstone is tied to American cultural identity.
Join us for Marv Kauffman's talk on the Princeton Camps - Through the Years: Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association
Lecture starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm
Admission is $5 and free for museum members.
Indian people of the Northern Rockies are most often considered part of the American Indian Horse Culture; yet their history existed long before the modern horse appeared 280 years ago. Cheatham talks about those centuries before the horse, when the extensive use of dogs was most prevalent. She gives details about the size of lodges, village layout, and the use of dogs as draft animals. To illustrate the program, Cheatham uses maps and photos, as well as animal replicas, with their bundles and sledges (travois). She discusses how and why people traveled and hunting procedures. Throughout the program, Cheatham challenges young people to show the knowledge they already have through questions and problem solving. She stresses the resourcefulness of the region’s first immigrants, and encourages people to re-think how ancient cultures are perceived and the importance of this history.
Join us for another great Founders Day! We celebrate with Free Admission for all to join, enjoy lunch in our new picnic area, and say hello to our four-legged and wooly ambassador, Burt, the baby bison. It's much better to pet Burt than attempt it in Yellowstone Park and I'm sure the rangers will appreciate it. Come enjoy fun for the whole family as you browse all our exhibits and chat with the staff about what's to come.
While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained in both government and private investigations. Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. This presentation is a short course in UFO literacy, using Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Montana seems to be a place where there is a lot of historical UFO activity and the audience is invited to share their own or their family’s stories.
With Greg Smith
Smith brings to life the adventures and stories of James W. Schultz through the fictitious character of Jim Deakins. The year is 1879 and through Jim Deakins audiences take part in the hunting of the last of the great bison herds, share in the adventures of the Blackfeet and their enemy the Crow, and hear stories of that “foolishness” called Yellowstone National Park. Finally, Jim Deakins shares a powerful gift given by the Blackfoot medicine warrior Red Eagle. So come on along and join Jim Deakins in the year 1879!
Red Lodge Carnegie Library is hosting us for this lecture event. Museum will still be open for Mix & Mingle at 6pm so come check out the Bison Exhibit before you settle in for this living history conversation.