Montana: High, Wide and Handsome

Thursday, March 21, High Noon

Building a Place for Poultry in Montana: Harriette Cushman and Poultry Work in Montana

Amy McKinney, professor of history at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil

Thursday, April 4, High Noon

Chiwaálaatuua: Narrative Drawing of the Crow Indians

Dr. Timothy McCleary has been a professor of anthropology and history at Little Bighorn College for over twenty-five years, serving eighteen of those years as Department Head of General Studies.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil

Thursday, April 18, High Noon

Confederates in Montana Territory: In the Shadow of Price’s Army

Ken Robison, historian at Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil


Thursday, April 25, High Noon 

Copper King William A. Clark: A Verdrigis Legacy

Author Bob Brock follows the trail of Copper King William Andrews Clark and chronicles his journey through America to learn Clark’s amazing story.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil


Thursday, May 2, High Noon

Fast Tracks to Paradise: How the Railroad Shaped the Town of Livingston, Montana.

Paul Shea, director of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Livingston.
Sponsored by ExxonMobil

The News from Montana (Two Programs)

Thursday, May 16, High Noon

What Happened to the News?

Dennis Swibold professor, University of Montana School of Journalism

Sponsored by Humanities Montana


Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm (Evening)

Freedom of Speech Requires a Free Press

Darrell Ehrlick, Editor, The Billings Gazette

The 1972 Montana Constitution

Thursday, May 30, High Noon

Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s.

Chuck Johnson, Helena


Thursday, June 20, High Noon

Saving Our Stars: Documenting the Montana Night Sky.

John Ashley, photographer and biologist.
Sponsored by a donor from Red Lodge.

Thursday, July 18, High Noon

Crow Fair: Celebrating 100 Years of Apsaålooke Culture

For over a hundred years the Apsáalooke people have celebrated Crow Fair at Crow Agency, MT.

Crow Fair, Crow Agency, Montana, 1940s.
The presentation explores this celebration of Northern Plains indigenous culture, often called “Tipi Capitol of the World”, with John Zumpano’s compelling photos and Shane Doyle’s insightful commentary and songs.
Lecture by John Zumpano and Shane Doyle.
Sponsored by The Foundation For Community Vitality


Thursday, August 1, High Noon

History of Cooke City, Montana

Kelly Suzanne Hartman, Author.


Thursday, August 15, High Noon

How Texas Cowboys Herded Longhorns and Became an American Icon

Dr. Tim Lehman, Rocky Mountain College.
In Memory of Marge McArthur


Montana: A Series of Characters

Thursday, September 19, High Noon

Me and Martha: Intimate Reflections of Dora DuFran about the Real Life of Calamity Jane.

Actor Mary Jane Bradbury
Sponsored by Humanities Montana

Thursday, October 17, High Noon

Will James: The Consummate Storyteller

Will James. Courtesy Snook Collection at WHC.
Gavin J. Woltjer, Director of the Billings Public Library
Sponsored by Roger L. Daniel Insurance Agency, Inc

Thursday, October 31, High Noon

Witches, Vampires and Zombies: Monsters in European History

Dr. Jen Lynn, Associate Professor, Department of History, MSU Billings

Sponsored by Michelle and Conrad Caron

Thursday, November 7, High Noon

Knapsacks and Roses, Montana’s Women Veterans of World War I

Edward Saunders, retired Army lieutenant colonel and adjutant of Disabled American Veterans Billings Chapter 10.

Sponsored by Yellowstone County 

Thursday, November 21, High Noon

Hazel Hunkins of Billings: Protesting for Women’s Rights, 1916-1920.

Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director, Western Heritage Center

Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy

Thursday, December 19, High Noon

Ethel Hays, Syndicated cartoonist from Billings

Courtesy of the Ethel Hays Simm’s family collection at WHC.

Lauren Hunley, Community Historian, Western Heritage Center

Sponsored by Boothill Inn and Suites