The Western Heritage Center, based on recommendations from the Yellowstone County Unified Health Command and the CDC, is temporarily closing starting Saturday, March 14. All of our public programs and receptions are postponed through March and April. Physical distancing is a critical measure to reducing the spread of Covid-19. The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and neighbors is our top priority. As soon as we re-open our doors, we look forward to welcoming you, your family, and those who love Montana history. Until then, be kind to one another. To leave a message with the Executive Director – Kevin Kooistra 406-256-6809 x 127


Thursday, March 19, High Noon

POSTPONED UNTIL MID-MAY OR JUNE: A Montanan Through and Through: The Photographic Legacy of Barbara Van Cleve.

Barbara Van Cleve, Big Timber rancher and photographer.

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Thursday, April 16, High Noon

POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE OR JULY: The Best Gift: Montana’s Carnegie Libraries

Kate Hampton, Montana State Historic Preservation Office

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Thursday, May 21, High Noon

Montana Poetry – Poems and Stories of Grace Stone Coates and Gwendolen Haste

Tami Haaland, former Montana State Poet Laureate

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Thursday, June 18, High Noon

A Landscape of Vice: Montana’s Red-Light Districts

Crystal Alegria, Director of the Extreme History Project

Sponsored by Michelle and Conrad Caron

Thursday, July 16, High Noon

Indians, Amateurs, and Archaeologists: Artifact Collecting in Montana 1880-1950

Nancy Mahoney, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MSU Bozeman

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Thursday, August 20, High Noon

Jeannette Rankin, first woman to serve in Congress

Performance by Mary Jane Bradbury

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Thursday, August 27, High Noon

The “Wyoming Experiment”: Western Women, Propaganda, and the National Suffrage Movement.

Dr. Emily Arendt, Assistant professor of history at Montana State University Billings

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Thursday, October 15, High Noon

Montana’s first Career Woman: The story of a former slave, Sarah Bickford

Amy Elmer, Volunteer Coordinator at Western Heritage Center

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