The Montana Historical Society is hosting six programs in January as it kicks off the 2022 Public Program Series.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, join Christine Brown for “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch.” Brown, an interpretive historian, will give a slideshow presentation highlighting the trials and triumphs of Montanans who established and kept their land in the same family for a century or longer.

“From early Montana miners turned farmers, to single women homesteaders and entire Scandinavian immigrant families, their stories of grit and resourcefulness chronicle the past 150 years of agricultural and community development in Montana,” Brown said.

All the programs are held at the Montana Historical Society’s facility at 225 No. Roberts in Helena. However, those who can’t make it in person can watch programs livestreamed or find the archived recordings on the MHS YouTube Channel.

Other programs include:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 10:45 a.m. Jeff Malcomson, the MHS photograph archives manager, will use photographs from the Jorud Collection to contemplate the changing landscapes and people of Helena in the 1910s in “Capital Views: Jorud’s Earliest Photographs.”
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m. Jon Axline, the Montana Department of Transportation historian, will reveal “Scandal at the Montana State Highway Commission.” Axline explores malfeasance allegations in 1936 at the highest government level, which eventually involved the Montana Supreme Court and Helena newspaper reporter Paul Maclean, who later was memorialized in “A River Runs Through It.”
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. Charles Rankin discusses the “Battle for Butte Journalism” and argues that the beginning of big money’s domination of Butte’s mining and politics started well before 1883, during a raucous, more chaotic time for Mining City newspapers.

For more information, contact Eve Byron, MHS public information officer, at 406/444-6843 or

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