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History After Dark: Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past!

Posted: September 15, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us for this spooky night of fun on Friday October 14! Click here for tickets.

Encounter the ghosts of Halloween past on this self-guided tour of downtown Bozeman where you’ll meet notable people from Bozeman’s past. Ready to encounter the ghosts of Halloween Past?
Take a step back in time and meet the colorful characters who shaped Bozeman.
For one night only, The Extreme History Project is bringing such notables as Nelson Story, Lizzie Woods, and John Bozeman back from the grave to tell their stories. Hear about their exploits and learn about life in this area as Bozeman struggled to become a town. Your self-guided journey will take you down Main and Mendenhall streets to meet “soiled doves,” salacious madams, mystic mediums, and other bold inhabitants of this western town. Tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem, frontier justice, brothels, and more will be told by our resurrected dead. This year’s tour will introduce some intriguing new cast members to delight you with their sagas.
This tour is offered Friday night, October 14th, at 7:00, 7:10, 7:20 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

The Extreme History Lecture Series

Posted: September 9, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us for a presentation with John Russell at the Museum of the Rockies at 6pm!

September 15 – George B. Herendeen – Custer Scout from Bozeman. In-person event at The Museum of the Rockies. 6pm

George Herendeen (1846-1919) was a Bozeman pioneer, cowboy, prospector, explorer, and a lead scout for George Custer’s 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn. In the aftermath of Custer’s defeat, accusations flew against his two subordinates, Captain Frederick Benteen and Major Marcus Reno, accusing them of cowardice and failure to obey orders. These two army officers became the scapegoats for Custer’s annihilation. In 1879, the U.S. army held a court of inquiry for Major Reno that would include testimony from dozens of survivors of the Last Stand, including Herendeen. Local historian John Russell will look at Herendeen’s testimony and how it was interpreted by both Custer supporters and detractors.

This 40-minute documentary examines the extraordinary lives of four women who came from humble beginnings and achieved incredible feats despite obstacles and tragedies along the way.

Women have always played important developmental roles in the history of Montana. The stories of Sarah Bickford, Rose Hum Lee, Maggie Smith Hathaway, and Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail are individually unique, but all feature a strong Montana woman determined to do better and be better. It’s time to celebrate their achievements, understand their faults, and applaud the spirits that drove them to help shape Montana.

Join us at The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT at 6pm on September 7th. This screening is free and open to the public.

There will be a question/answer session after the screening with producers Kimberly Hogberg and Crystal Alegria, and with content expert, Diane Sands.

This is a production of North by Northwest and The Extreme History Project with support from The Montana History Foundation, Humanities Montana, The Montana Film Office, and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Walking Tours This Week!

Posted: August 30, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Can’t believe The Extreme History Project summer walking tour season is almost done . . . but it’s not over yet! Here is what we have for you this week!

Tuesday, August 30 at 6pm. We are offering our NEW TOURAlong the Gallagator for the last time this season. Meet your tour guide at the south end of the Bozeman Public Library Parking Lot. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, 6pm. Eclectic Communities: Bozeman’s North Side. Meet your guide at Beall Recreation Park located at 415 N. Bozeman. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, 6pm. Business and Pleasure: Bozeman’s Historic Red-Light District. Meet your tour guide at 234 E. Mendenhall. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, 1pm. Tents to Town: Bozeman Historic Main Street. Meet your guide at 234 E. Mendenhall. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, 4pm. Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past: Bozeman’s Historic Sunset Hills Cemetery. Meet your tour guide at the entrance to Sunset Hills located at the south side of Lindley Park. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Look forward to seeing you on a tour!

Join us for a Walking Tour!

Posted: August 23, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Before the end of the season, which is quickly approaching, and find out WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED.

Murders, Madams, and Mediums: Bozeman’s Dark Side – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm AND Saturday, August 27th at 3pm.
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past: Sunset Hills Cemetery – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Sundays at 4pm
Where to Meet: Entrance to Sunset Hills Cemetery, located off of East Main Street directly south of Lindley Park

Business and Pleasure: Bozeman’s Historic Red Light District – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Thursdays at 6pm
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Tents to Town: Bozeman’s Historic Main Street – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Sundays at 1pm
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

NEW TOUR – Along the Gallagator: History of the Railway, South Tracy, and More! 
When: August 30 at 6pm
Where to Meet: The south end of the Bozeman Public Library (626 E Main Street) parking lot

Seeking Fortunes: Bozeman’s Historic China Alley – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: August 24 at 6pm
Where to Meet: 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Eclectic Communities: Bozeman’s North Side – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: August 31 at 6pm
Where to Meet: The Beall Recreation Center, located at 415 North Bozeman Avenue.

July 21 – 6pm – Jon Axline – Montana Highway Tales. In-person event at The Museum of the Rockies. 

Join us for our next Extreme History Project Lecture Series offering with historian Jon Axline. This will be an in-person event in the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium. Jon’s book, “Montana Highway Tales” will be for sale after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, hope you can join us!

There is plenty of Montana’s exciting history visible from its storied highways. Over the past forty years, the Montana Department of Transportation has recorded and photographed hundreds of archaeological sites and historic properties. Many are rather mundane, but many more have fascinating stories to tell about the state’s colorful past. Montana Highway Tales tells the stories of just a few of those places. Some, like the stone chimney south of Havre and the concrete structure built into the hillside between Logan and Three Forks, have been the subject of speculation by motorists for decades. Jon Axline’s presentation will delve into the histories of the Bozeman Trail, the famed Smith Mine near Bearcreek, Montana’s cold war radar stations, historically significant roads and bridges in the state, and giant grasshoppers among other subjects. Montana history is much more than vigilantes, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and copper kings. This presentation will, hopefully, widen our appreciation for the state’s varied and lively history.

Jon Axline is the long-time historian and interpretive marker coordinator at the Montana Department of Transportation. Long ago, he graduated from Montana State University with an MA in American history. Since then, Jon has since published a number of articles and books on a variety of Montana history subjects ranging from raptor dinosaurs to the cold war sky watchers. He lives in Helena with his wife, Lisa, three Corgis and a very spoiled dachshund.

Cemetery History and Headstone Symbolism Workshop

Posted: June 1, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Join us for a deep dive into cemetery history and headstone symbolism. We will start with early New England headstone symbolism and end with “pioneer” cemeteries found in the west. The first half of the day will be spent at The Extreme History Project headquarters and the second half of the day at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman. Learn how gravestone symbols give us insight into the deceased’s life, beliefs and story.

When: June 18 – 9am to 4pm

Where: The Extreme History Project Headquarters located at 234 E. Mendenhall Street and historic Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman, MT.

Cost: $85 per person. All materials and lunch included.

To register click here. Only 15 spots available.

To purchase tickets for a tour, click on the tour below or give us a call at  406-220-2678, or send us an email at info@extremehistoryproject.org. Tours are $15, $13 for seniors, members and students, kids 12 and under are free!

Murders, Madams, and Mediums: Bozeman’s Dark Side – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past: Sunset Hills Cemetery – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Sundays at 4pm
Where to Meet: Entrance to Sunset Hills Cemetery, located off of East Main Street directly south of Lindley Park

Business and Pleasure: Bozeman’s Historic Red Light District – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Thursdays at 6pm (and August 18th at Noon)
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Tents to Town: Bozeman’s Historic Main Street – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: Sundays at 1pm
Where to Meet: The Extreme History Project, 234 E. Mendenhall Street

NEW TOUR – Along the Gallagator: History of the Railway, South Tracy, and More! 
When: July 25, August 2, August 15, and August 30 at 6pm
Where to Meet: The south end of the Bozeman Public Library (626 E Main Street) parking lot

Gracious Gables: Bozeman’s Historic Bon Ton District – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: July 13 at 6pm
Where to Meet: The Story Mansion located at 811 S. Willson Avenue

Seeking Fortunes: Bozeman’s Historic China Alley – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets
When: August 24 at 6pm
Where to Meet: 234 E. Mendenhall Street

Lehrkind Walking Northeast Walking Tour with Laurel Sparks – Click here for more info and to purchase tickets (In collaboration with Tinworks and Julius Lehrkind Brewing) (This tour is full)
When: August 6, 2:30pm
Where to Meet: Tinworks Art located at 719 N Ida Ave, Bozeman, MT

It’s time to GIVE BIG!

Posted: May 5, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Give Big Gallatin Valley is TODAY, and we ask you to join us in our efforts to make this the best day of giving your community has ever seen!

Click here to donate.

Your donation of any amount will help us provide you with high quality history programming like our lecture series, podcast, walking tours, workshops, book club, book-signing events, and so much more!

For GIVE BIG this year, donors that give $150 and above will receive two tickets to the debut of our newest historic walking tour “Along the Gallagator,” a tour featuring the history of the railway and now linear walking trail. We won’t only cover railway history but the history of south Tracy Street as well! This tour will take place on June 7, at 6pm. 

And . . .  you can double your donation because we have two matching gifts, one from an anonymous long-time supporter of Extreme History for $500 and another from The Extreme History Board of Directors for $1,950. 

Your donation will help us continue this work in our community. Thanks in advance for your support, we GREATLY appreciate it! Click here to donate

Thank you for Giving Big to The Extreme History Project, we appreciate your support.

Join the Extreme History Project and Montana State University’s Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands & Peoples of the North American West for an evening with Mark Johnson at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT on May 17 at 6pm for this in-person event. Johnson will discuss his new book, “The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky: A History of the Chinese Experience in Montana.” Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About “The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky”: From the earliest days of non-Native settlement of Montana, Chinese pioneers played a key role in the region’s development. Yet this population, so crucial to Montana’s development, remains underrepresented in historical accounts. The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky recovers the stories of Montana’s Chinese population in their own words and deepens understanding of Chinese experiences in Montana with a global lens. Mark Johnson has mined several large collections of primary documents left by Chinese pioneers, rendered in English here for the first time through a transnational translation project. These collections, spanning the 1880s-1950s, provide insight into the pressures the Chinese community faced—from family members back in China and from non-Chinese Montanans—as economic and cultural disturbances complicated acceptance of Chinese residents in the state. Through their own voices The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky reveals the agency of Chinese Montanans in the history of the American West and China.

Mark Johnson is an assistant professor with the University of Notre Dame whose research focuses on telling the history of Chinese communities in Montana in their own words and through a global lens.