From the Boudoir to the Brothel: Reproductive Health in Early 1900s Montana

Posted: August 14, 2020 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

We are excited to announce that The Extreme History Project has a new pop-up exhibit, “From Boudoir to the Brothel: Reproductive Health in 1900’s Montana” now on display! This exhibit showcases the history of women’s reproductive healthcare in Montana through the lens of two women who lived in Bozeman, MT during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rachel Lindley and Libbie Hayes. Lindley was a member of Bozeman’s social elite and Hayes managed a house of prostitution. Jennifer Hill PhD, the Director of the Women’s Reproductive History Alliance curated the exhibit and is an expert in the field of women’s reproductive history and a pioneer in the field of digital humanities. To view the exhibit visit The Extreme History Project at 234 E. Mendenhall Street in Bozeman, MT or visit the virtual exhibit by clicking below.  Extreme History is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. This exhibit will be on display for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. 

Boudoir to Brothel front page





A BIG THANK YOU to the sponsors who made this exhibit possible including:

Susan Sewell


Students for Choice at MSU

Montana NOW

Patrick and Kris Holland

Women’s Reproductive History Alliance



  1. Kelley Smith says:

    Thank you so much for your research, and sharing what you found. This is a very interesting piece of history that I have never heard about on any of your historical walks. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time in putting together these virtual programs. Your organization is great.

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