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Montana, 1917: Time of Trouble, Time of Change

The 44th Annual Montana History Conference will be held in Helena, September 21-23, 2017. The theme of this year’s Montana History Conference, which will be held in Helena, is “Montana, 1917: Time of Trouble, Time of Change.” Mentioning this conference during the 4th of July weekend seemed appropriate even though I doubt many of my readers will be heading for Montana. (I just like these historic posters.)

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has generously provided funds for a limited number of travel scholarships to help Montana teachers and students attend the conference. Find more information here.

The history conference will be headquartered at the Best Western Premier
Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd in Helena. A block
of rooms is being held until September 1. Reservations can be made at or by calling ((800) 780-7234. Be sure to ask for the Montana History Conference rate!

The conference begins with an 8 a.m. September 21 tour: “The first stop on the tour will be Marks Lumber in Clancy, a sawmill in business since 1942 manufacturing flooring, siding, rough-cut timbers, and tongue-and-groove paneling. Next, tour-goers will examine the production of Portland cement at Ashgrove Cement, located at Montana City since 1964. The group will enjoy a sack lunch at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, an internationally respected ceramics education center located amid the ruins of Western Clay Manufacturing, an early twentieth century brickyard. After lunch, the group will explore several restored historic brick kilns, residents’ studios, and the Bray’s clay manufacturing facility. The next stop will be East Helena’s High Plains Sheepskin, established in 1984 to fabricate mittens, gloves, slippers, and hats. The tour will then head to McDantim, Inc., a Helena-based factory that has manufactured gas blenders for taprooms and welders since 1988. This year’s tour will end at the Blackfoot River Brewing Co., one of Montana’s earliest microbreweries, with a walk through the brewing process and a sampling of their unique beers.

Presentations include:

Teaching the Progressive Era and World War
Keeping It “All in the Family”: Preserving and Promoting Genealogical Resources in Archival Collections
Show Me the Money! How to Secure Grants for Montana History Projects
Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917
Seed, Sedition, Suffrage, and Sobriety: Montana’s Extraordinary Session of 1918
War and Race
Sedition–Humiliation and Hysteria
War and the “Fairer Sex”
Weapons of War–Axes and Prayer
Building on the War
After the War
“Inciting Riot & Bloodshed”: Emma Goldman in Montana
Cons, Roads, and Railroads
Leading Ladies
War and Public Health
Sedition–Guns and Espionage




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