Walking Tour Spotlight – Gracious Gables!

Posted: June 26, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Travel back in time on Willson Avenue!

The Extreme History Project’s Gracious Gables walking tour, which explores Bozeman’s Bon Ton Historic District, offers more than a lesson in architecture. Much more. Spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon and come away with a deeper appreciation of the events and people who first saw opportunity in the beautiful Gallatin valley.

The Bon Ton District was Bozeman’s most fashionable neighborhood between 1880 and 1930. Men who came west for gold or to make a new life after the Civil War made fortunes in real estate, banking, beef, retail and politics. When W.W. Alderson platted his homestead south of Main Street, he planned for Central Avenue (now Willson) to be a grand boulevard, with beautiful houses on either side. That’s why the neighborhood is known as the Bon Ton District, which in the 19th Century meant “the finest.” Over the years doctors, bankers, politicians, college presidents and several sons of the city’s original founders lived here.

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The Chisholm Family on Porch of Residence in Bozeman, Montana. Left to right, back row: Oliver Perry Chisholm (1843-1912), Sarah Alice Chisholm, Sarah Jane Bishop Chisholm (1846-1905); front row, left to right: Charles B. Chisholm (1874-1945), Oliver Perry Chisholm, II (1883-1967). House is located at 319 S. Willson. Photograph Courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies

Their homes reflected their wealth and status. Although the district is predominately Queen Anne or Colonial Revival, home owners often combined styles to make their homes unique. From the highly ornamented, pink Queen Anne home built by Bozeman’s first sheriff to the simplicity of the townhouse designed by local architect Fred Willson for the founder of the Flying D Ranch, no two houses are similar.

The stories of the residents are as impressive as the homes. These people were doers who founded businesses and touched lives in ways that are still relevant today. Kindness? Think about Julia Martin who served Thanksgiving dinner to the “loose women” at Montana College for over 37 years. Politics? Consider the political career of Nelson Story Junior, son of Bozeman’s first millionaire or Belle McDonald, daughter of former slaves, who lobbied the state legislature while working as a live-in domestic.

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Julia Martin House. Photograph Courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies

These are just a few remarkable stories housed in the Bon Ton District. Theirs were lives of visible success and painful loss. Take a tour to learn more about those who had significant influence on Bozeman and Montana in its early years.

For tour dates and times and to register click here!

Historic Walking Tours!

Posted: May 21, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Are you ready to get outside and take a historic walking tour! We’re excited to kick off the 2019 walking tour season this Memorial Day weekend. Click here for our full schedule of tour dates and times and to sign up for a tour!  We look forward to seeing you on a walking tour!

Check out the short video below to give you a preview of our historic walking tours!

Extreme History is excited to partner with the Bozeman Public Library for their One Book One Bozeman program to offer a NEW walking tour that features Bozeman’s historic red-light district! Click here to secure a free ticket, only 15 spots per tour available!

One Book One Bozeman, is a community reading program and this year the book chosen is Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford.  Ford takes readers back to Seattle’s red-light district to meet three young inhabitants of a high-class brothel. The three characters include Ernest the houseboy, Maisie the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. These three characters wind their way through life in the district. For additional One Book One Bozeman Events, click here.

We are excited to showcase Bozeman’s own historic red-light district and speak to the similarities and differences with Seattle’s district. Join us for this one-hour walking tour that will take you back in time to the Bozeman of 1910. We’ll see where the ladies lived and worked, recounting the lives of the many women who made this district their home. You’ll hear stories of success, failure, independence, and tragedy. These women were not only residents of the tenderloin but they contributed financially to our community. The “restricted” district thrived from the 1870s until the early 20th century when the occupants of the red-light district were forced out and the houses were closed up for good.

We will offer two tours, one on February 16 at 1pm and the second on February February 24 at 1pm. Meet your tour guide in Soroptomist Park located on the corner of Rouse and Main streets. Tour is free and open to the public but you will need to register by clicking here to secure a ticket. There are only 15 spots per tour available so secure your ticket now!

Kicking off the 2019 Lecture Series!

Posted: January 8, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us January 10, 6pm  at the Museum of the Rockies for our first Extreme History Lecture Series presentation of 2019. Free and open to the public. Arrive early to secure a seat! For the full schedule of presentations, click here.

Before Yellowstone: 11,000 Years of Native Americans in Yellowstone National Park

Doug MacDonald, a professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana, will discuss what archaeological research into nearly 2,000 sites has revealed about the long history of human presence in what is now Yellowstone National Park. MacDonald will explain the significance of important areas such as Obsidian Cliff, where hunters obtained volcanic rock to make tools and for trade, and Yellowstone Lake, a traditional place for gathering edible plants. From Clovis points associated with mammoth hunting to stone circles marking the sites of tipi lodges, “Before Yellowstone” will bring to life a fascinating story of human occupation and use of this stunning landscape.

Thank you to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition for sponsoring this lecture! Please visit Greater Yellowstone Coalition to learn about the important work that GYC does to protect the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

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Superfunded: Recreating Nature in a Postindustrial West

Posted: November 14, 2018 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us November 15, 6pm at the Museum of the Rockies for our last Extreme History Lecture Series presentation of 2018. Free and open to the public!

Superfunded: Recreating Nature in a Postindustrial West by Jennifer Dunn

The EPA Superfund program was established in 1980 and over 1,700 locations have been placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).  Superfund sites cover a vast array of environmental damages that contaminate the land and impact the health of citizens across the nation.  Superfund’s goal is to clean up some of the nation’s most contaminated waste sites.  Former mining communities in the Intermountain West were built on a premise of wealth and power fortified by resource extraction.  Mining and smelting generated incredible wealth as well as incredible waste.  The Superfund solution to this waste reveal how governments, communities, and individual perceive and respond to the material consequences of our capitalist and industrial decisions.

History After Dark: Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past

Posted: September 24, 2018 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

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The Extreme History Project’s “History After Dark: Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past” self-guided walking tour brings Bozeman’s notorious past to life! On October 5 and 6, some of Bozeman’s most notorious citizens will return from the grave to share their stories with the public. The Extreme History Project’s “History After Dark” tour will bring Bozeman’s present face to face with Bozeman’s past. Tour participants will walk the dark streets of downtown Bozeman while hearing tales of horrific murders, gruesome hangings, and salacious madams from the mouths of the dead themselves who will appear at their various locations along the route. Meet Bozeman’s most scandalous Madam, Lizzie Woods and talk with our town founder, John Bozeman. The tour costs $18 per person online ($20 at the door) and is not appropriate for children under 12. Tickets are limited so purchase early! Click here to purchase tickets. The tours will kick off at 7pm and 7:30pm from Townsend’s Tea House at 402 E. Main St. For more information send us an email at info@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678.

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Historic Walking Tours!

Posted: May 21, 2018 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Are you ready to get outside and take a historic walking tour! We’re excited to kick off the 2018 walking tour season on Memorial Day weekend. Click here for our full schedule of tour dates and times and we look forward to seeing you on a walking tour!

Check out the short video below to give you a preview of our historic walking tours!

Making History Relevant Workshop Series

Posted: April 19, 2018 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

We are excited to announce our workshop series Making History Relevant. Extreme History is hosting three one-day workshops in 2018 that will give you the tools and experience to dive into your own history and uncover information about a historic house or building, your personal family tree, or guide you to research a specific subject. See workshop details below and we hope you are able to attend one, two, or all three of our workshops!

If These Walls Could Talk: Researching a Historic Building
Every building has a history and a story to tell. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to uncover the history of a house or a historic building. Experts will share their research techniques and we’ll introduce you to maps, historic photographs, city directories, and many other tools at the Gallatin History Museum that will help you in your research to uncover the history of a house or building. You’ll have the opportunity to receive hands-on direction in exploring the Gallatin History Museum archives. We will take a short walking tour of a historic neighborhood to better understand the architectural styles and character of historic Bozeman.
When: May 19, 2018 9am to 5pm
Where: Gallatin County Court House and Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman, MT
Registration: $45 for non-members, $41 for members or register for all three workshops for $120. Registration fee includes all materials, lunch and snacks. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
For more information or to register offline contact Crystal Alegria at crystal@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678

Genealogy 101: Digging into Ancestral Research
Every family has a history. But beyond family stories, how can you discover more about yours? We’ll examine records that can help — how to find them and how to wring the last drop of information out of them. We’ll look at internet sources, free and subscription, to discover which can help us learn more. We’ll discuss the value of putting our ancestors in their historical and social context and how their friends, neighbors and associates can help us find our way around brick walls, and we’ll discuss the newest tool for connecting with cousins and learning more about our families: DNA.
When: August 25, 2018 9am to 5pm
Where: Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT
Registration: $45 for non-members, $41 for members or $120 for all three workshops.
Registration fee includes all materials, lunch and snacks. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE. 
For more information or to register offline contact Crystal Alegria at crystal@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678

Cooking in the Archives: How to Research a Specific Topic
Join historians and archivists as we lead you through the process of researching a historic topic in an archival and online setting. In this workshop we will give you hands-on experience researching in a variety of formats including historical online newspapers and in a Works Progress Administration (WPA) collection held in MSU’s Special Collections. You will be given tools, tips, and materials to guide you on your own research journey as we use exploring Montana’s food history to whet your appetite for historical research.
When: September 22, 2018. 10am to 5pm
Where: Montana State University Library
Registration: $45 for non-members, $41 for members or register for all three workshops for $120. Registration fee includes all materials, lunch, and snacks. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
For more information or to register offline contact Crystal Alegria at crystal@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners on the Making History Relevant Workshop Series:
Humanities Montana
Gallatin History Museum
Montana State University Library
Montana State University Special Collections and Archives
MSU’s Center for Western Lands and Peoples
Museum of the Rockies
Gallatin County Genealogical Society
Generous support from a local anonymous donor

 

 

2017 Year in Review

Posted: March 28, 2018 by rebekahschields in Uncategorized

We’re excited to share our first ever Year in Review with you! 2017 was the five year anniversary of The Extreme History Project and we accomplished so much. Thank you to all of our supporters, we couldn’t do what we do with out you!

Click the link below the picture to download the entire document.

Year in Review 2017

Year in Review 2017

Extreme History Project Bus Tours!

Posted: June 7, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Historic Virginia City Tour

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Join the Extreme History Project for a special, behind the scenes tour of Virginia City, Montana. Receive a personal tour of the historic gold mining town that still looks very much like it did nearly 160 years ago. Once the capital of Montana Territory, Virginia City was the end of the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s. Its nearby goldfields were the attraction of thousands of easterners seeking their fortune in the West. Virginia City’s history is complete with many successes, failures, seedy and exciting characters. Our tour will include a;

  • Personal walking tour of Virginia City hosted by historian Ellen Baumler
  • Visit to nearby Nevada City to enjoy living history and experience the time period of the era
  • Stop at Virginia City’s famous Boot Hill cemetery to visit the final resting place of some of the town’s most famous and infamous citizens

Our trip from Bozeman to Virginia City will be enjoyed aboard a deluxe, state of the art, luxury motorcoach complete with restrooms, footrests, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Walking is required for part of the tour but will be on level ground. Tour is recommended for ages 10-up.

COST: $95 per person/$85 For Extreme History Project Members. To register for the tour  click here.

If you have questions about the tour, contact us at info@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678.

Tour will leave Bozeman at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot directly behind the Gallatin History Museum and return at approximately 6 p.m.

Historic Crow Indian Agencies – Fort Parker and the Absaroka Agency
The Extreme History Project invites you on an exceptional and informative tour of the original Crow Agencies of Montana. Hosted by Shane Doyle, a Crow tribal member and educational consultant who hails from the current Crow Agency, Montana. You will visit the land that the Crow, or the Apsaalooke people, called home for thousands of years. More specifically, we will visit the sites of the first Crow Indian Agency, Fort Parker and the second Crow Indian Agency, Absaroka Agency. Our tour will include a;

  • Visit to Fort Parker where the first Crow Agency was built in 1869, located just east of Livingston.
  • Lunch at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, MT, where you’ll see artifacts related to the second Crow Indian Agency and learn more about the second agency from Museum Director, Penny Redli.
  • Visit the site of the second Crow Agency located near present-day Absarokee, Montana
  • Stop at the Thomas party memorial/grave where in 1865 a group of travelers on the Bozeman Trail were killed by Lakota warriors.
  • A rare visit to the site of John Bozeman’s death, where he was killed in 1867 along the Yellowstone River.

Our trip from Bozeman into original Crow territory will be enjoyed aboard a deluxe, state of the art, luxury motorcoach complete with restrooms, footrests, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi.

There will be minimal walking on level ground during the tour. Lunch will be provided for you at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, Montana.

Tour will leave Bozeman from the Gallatin History Museum at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 6 p.m.

COST: $115 per person/$105 For Extreme History Members

To register for this tour, click here. If you have questions about the tour, please contact us at info@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678.