Montana Historical Society

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Public Programs and Events

The Montana Historical Society hosts public programs on a wide variety of topics relating to the Treasure State’s history and culture. Most programs take place on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays and a summer break). The Friends of the Montana Historical Society sponsor public programs the third Wednesday of each month, September through April (excluding November and December) at 12:00 p.m. Every fall the Society holds its annual Montana History Conference. Special lectures, exhibit openings, curator tours, and family programs also enliven the year.

Can’t make it? Watch the livestream or find the archived recording on the MHS YouTube Channel.


June 2022


  • “We The People”: The Making of a Constitution
    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1972 Constitutional Convention

    June 15-16, State Capitol – Helena Montana

    Join the Constitutional Convention delegates, their descendants, legal scholars, political luminaries, historians, ConCon staffers, policy experts, and others for an exploration and celebration of Montana’s Constitution on the fiftieth anniversary of the Constitutional Convention.

    The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on June 15 with welcoming remarks from Governor Gianforte and others, followed by a roll call of delegates and remarks from delegates and their descendants. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer will speak as participants enjoy a box lunch before an afternoon of panel discussions on How the 1972 Constitution Came to Be and The Citizens’ Right to Know and Participate in Government. A reception at the Montana Historical Society at 5:15 marks the end of Day 1.

    June 16 features a full day of panel discussions, including The Basic Rule of Law: The Backbone of a Constitution; Natural Resources, Water, and the Right to a Clean and Healthful Environment; Native American Perspectives on the Montana Constitution; Montana’s Unique and Comprehensive Declaration of Rights; Revenue and Taxation; Education and Public Lands; and, Hope and Vision for Future Generations under the Montana Constitution.

    Find the full agenda here. Attendance is free (except for optional box lunches) but registration is encouraged. Register here.

    The Con Con event won’t be broadcast on our YouTube channel, but it will stream here.

    Organized by the Constitutional Convention Celebration Committee and Cosponsored by the Montana Historical Society

  • Thursday, June 23, 4:30 p.m.
    Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River
    with John N. Maclean

    Home Waters is a beautiful story of four generations of the Maclean family and their love of the Blackfoot River. Join John N. Maclean as he shares the true stories of the characters fictionalized by his father, Norman Maclean in A River Runs through It. The stories are full of life, love, fishing, and loss. John N. Maclean will also be available for a book signing after the presentation.

  • Thursday, June 30, 4:30 p.m.
    "So Hard to Die: Mystery of Meriwether Lewis's Death"
    Talk and book signing by Drs. Dave and Marti Peck
    Co- Sponsored by Montana Military Museum

    Meriwether Lewis, commander of the famed 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, returned home from this perilous journey with every hope of a bright and productive future. Yet within three years, the thirty-five-year-old Lewis was dead in a lonely inn along the Natchez Trace in rural Tennessee, the victim of two gunshots. Various medical and psychological theories have been proposed by historians and others to account for his mysterious death, which was originally reported as a suicide. Join authors Drs. David and Marti Peck as they draw on their professional backgrounds as a physician and a clinical psychologist to provide an in-depth analysis of the various theories that still swirl around Lewis’s death.


Check out the Montana Historical Society's YouTube channel for a variety of great presentations.

The Montana Historical Society's Research Center offers a variety of Programs on an ongoing basis. Contact them at mhslibrary@mt.gov.

To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Deb Mitchell at (406) 444-4789 or dmitchell@mt.gov.

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