Montana Historical Society

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Step out of a world governed by clocks and calendars and into the world of the Kootenai and Blackfeet peoples, whose traditional territories included the area that is now Glacier National Park.

Blackfeet parade around camp before construction of the Okan lodge, 1908
Walter McClintock, photographer / Yale Collection of Western Americana

Most Montanans have been to Glacier National Park, although few of us know about what went on in that landscape before 1910, the year the Park was created. But now, thanks to a new book published by the Montana Historical Society Press, we have stories about the people who lived there.

In the midst of rapid change, history can seem so...out of date. But a visit with Jennifer Bottomly-O'Looney and Kirby Lambert at the Montana Historical Society shows why it matters.

(Broadcast: Home Ground Radio, 9/16/14)

Women's HIstory Matters

2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana. How did Montana's non-native women win the right to vote from an all-male legislature, six years before equal suffrage was achieved nationwide?  Martha Kohl, historical specialist with the Montana Historical Society, details the strategies, struggles, and unexpected outcomes (think women bootleggers) of suffrage.

You can read much more about women's history in Martha's online project, Women’s History Matters.

6/17/14 & 6/18/14: This week on "Reflections West:" Historian Ellen Baumler, who witnessed Governor Brian Schweitzer's posthumous pardon of the 76 men and 3 women convicted of sedition under Montana's notorious 1918 law, reflects on WWI hysteria. Clem Work speculates on the convictions of two of the pardoned, William and Janet Smith.

Dan Boyce

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

Scientists unveiled the new research published in the journal “Nature” at the Montana Historical Society in Helena on Wednesday. Remains of the so-called “Anzick boy” show a direct lineage with most native peoples in North, Central and South America.