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.

Women’s History Month!

Posted: March 3, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

March is Women’s History Month! At Extreme History, we highlight women’s history all year long – but it’s always nice to have a month dedicated to the ladies. This month we are partnering with many organizations to bring women’s history to you!

On March 14th at 6:30pm, our Director, Crystal Alegria, will present Activists and Advocates: A History of Bozeman Women Creating Change for the Bozeman Public Library virtually, click here for more information and the Zoom link.

On March 23, Extreme History is collaborating with the MSU Library, Friends of MSU Library, MSU’s American Indian/Alaska Native Student Services, Native American Studies, Women’s Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Dean of Students to bring you author Patricia Cutright. She will speak on her new book, Native Women Changing Their Worlds. For more information click this link.

On March 28, Extreme History is partnering with MSU’s Doig Center and American Studies Department to bring you Birthing The West: Mothers and Midwives in the Rockies and Plains, a book signing with Jennifer Hill. This in-person event will be held at Montana State University’s Leigh Lounge at 4pm. Reception to follow. We hope you can join us for one or all of these events that are all free and open to the public!

Our Extreme History Used Book Shop has a large section on women’s history so come in and pick up a book (or two, or three) to read during women’s history month.

We encourage you to learn about this history of women in your community and your own family, these histories are often significant and monumental. By weaving women’s history back into the historical narrative, we are making stories richer and more diverse.

2022 Extreme History Lecture Series Begins

Posted: January 6, 2022 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

We’ve decided to keep our lecture series virtual for the time-being so our January through May lectures will be online via Zoom.

January 20 – 6pm – Scott Carpenter and Lesley Gilmore – “Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘til it’s Gone: Historic Preservation in Bozeman”(with appreciation and apologies to Joni Mitchell). To watch this presentation click here.

This informal, but lively presentation will examine Bozeman’s unique historical context and irreplaceable collection of historic buildings. The discussion will present a brief summary of Bozeman’s history, along with the definitions, facts and benefits of historic preservation. We will also examine the many rumors and misperceptions that precede, or derail preservation efforts. We will look at the importance of historic preservation to maintaining higher property values, providing the best opportunities for green energy and conservation versus demolition and new construction, and celebrate the positive aspects of maintaining a meaningful aesthetic and neighborhood appeal. We will also present ideas for how individual property owners can investigate the history of their properties, plan for effective renovation projects, and support historic preservation efforts in Bozeman.

Scott Carpenter is an archaeologist, historian, and architectural historian. He owns InteResources Planning, Inc., and has a professional career extending over 40 years in the private sector and the National Park Service. Scott is a recognized expert on the National Historic Preservation Act and various state and local regulations, tax credit programs, and preservation planning.

Lesley Gilmore is a historic preservation architect who’s passion for historic preservation is professional and personal, evidenced by her dedicated involvement in the Association for Preservation Technology, the AIA Historic Resources Committee, Preserve Montana, and the Extreme History Project.

As we come into the last month of 2021, we are grateful for many things, the top of the list being our Extreme History community (that’s you!).

We are also grateful that we were able to launch our 2021 walking tours and even add some revamped and new tours to the mix. We were excited to take to the streets for Bozeman’s Sweet Pea parade. Our flowery float was peopled with some of Bozeman’s most colorful historic figures and included a special tribute to raise awareness for the Indian Boarding Schools story. Our The Dirt on the Past podcast in which team members discuss a wide range of topics with notable experts garnered over seven thousand listens (and counting) worldwide. Furthering our mission for educational outreach, we continued offering our lecture series via Zoom. Our online book (and wine) club also proved to be a community favorite. In June, Montana author Tom Rust was on hand to discuss and sign his latest book and in November, local author Kelly Hartman read from and signed copies of her new book. We assisted in the creation of a documentary called, The Story of Us (watch for the debut in early 2022) In addition to the ever expanding inventory of unique goodies in our Mendenhall Street office gift shop, we opened our new Extreme History Book Shop featuring specially curated used history books, covering a large variety of historical subjects.

While we have had our successes, we also have had our challenges. Several of our planned in-house events and our big fundraising program, History After Dark, were cancelled out of concern for community health safety. As is the struggle of all non-profits, The Extreme History Project needs outside funding to underwrite our mission. Bringing history to the community requires many hours of research, resources and logistical support. We have big ideas, but a small budget. Your donations are the fuel we need to keep us moving forward with pertinent content and fresh, exciting programming. Every dollar you can give brings us closer to fulfilling our goals for this upcoming year.

To help us continue our mission to MAKE HISTORY RELEVANT, please click here.

As always, thank you for your support!

If you enjoy a particular program and would like to support it directly, here are ways to help!

Support The Extreme History Project Lecture Series – $250 per lecture

Support The Extreme History Project Historic Walking Tours – $250 per walking tour

Support The Dirt on the Past Podcast – $500

Support The Extreme History Book Club – $200

Sponsor an Oral History interview and transcription – $600

Donate used history books (non-fiction) to our Extreme History Book Shop

If you are interested in any of the above options, send an email to crystal@extremehistoryproject.org or give us a call at 406-220-2678 to discuss.

Sincerely and with gratitude,

Crystal Alegria and Team Extreme

Upcoming Events at Extreme History!

Posted: November 5, 2021 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Extreme History Puzzle Exchange:
November 13 from 3pm to 5pm – The Great Puzzle Exchange! Do you love to put together puzzles during the holidays – we sure do! If you have puzzles you would like to exchange, come on in to Extreme History Headquarters (234 E. Mendenhall) and drop off your gently used puzzles and pick out a new one for free!

A Book Reading/Signing Event:
November 16 at 6pm – Murder & Mayhem in Gallatin County: A Book Reading/Signing with Kelly Hartman. At Extreme History we like to say History Isn’t Pretty, and that sums up Kelly’s new book. Quiet fields broken by gunfire, the splash of a body dropping into the Madison River, cries for help cut off into silence and the grim last words spoken on the gallows all color the bloody history of Gallatin County. Cut-and-dried murder charges, unsolved cases and questionable accusations all paint the picture of law enforcement in and around early Bozeman. From the gruesome to the mysterious, sordid accounts of robbery, crimes of passion and fatal self-defense fill the annals of the historic county jail. Gallatin History Museum curator Kelly Suzanne Hartman chronicles each tale, allowing the reader to follow along the path of the investigations and the pursuit for justice. Join us at Extreme History Headquarters (234 E. Mendenhall) on November 16 at 6pm for a book reading/signing event with Kelly Hartman. Masks are encouraged.

Gift and Book Shop Events:
November 27 from 12pm to 5pm – Extreme History Book Shop Sale – Start your holiday shopping early and join us for Small Business Saturday and enjoy a buy one, get one of equal or lesser value sale on our specially curated used history books. At Extreme History Headquarters (234 E. Mendenhall).

December 4 from 3pm to 6pm – Join us for our annual Victorian Holiday Market where you can shop early for all the history-lovers in your family. Join us at Extreme History Headquarters for this annual open house event, visit with our board members, have a cup of hot chocolate and browse the unique offerings in our gift shop, the book shop and exhibits.

A Halloween Walking Tour!

Posted: October 18, 2021 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

With Halloween on a Sunday this year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to do a walking tour through Bozeman’s historic Sunset Hills Cemetery on October 31 at 4pm! Join us for a stroll through historic Sunset Hills Cemetery on All Hallows’ Eve with tour guide, Jessica Jones. Step back in time as you walk through this historic graveyard, learning about mysterious local legends, spooky folklore, and local history. Keep watch because you may catch a glimpse of a spirit or two, drifting through the headstones. Meet Jessica at the cemetery gates located at the south side of Lindley Park a few minutes before 4pm. Space is limited so secure tickets early. For tickets click here.