Give Big to History!

Posted: April 22, 2020 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

On April 30th and May 1st, The Extreme History Project will participate in Give Big Gallatin Valley. Now, more than ever, the Gallatin County nonprofit community needs your support.

Give Big Gallatin Valley is an online county-wide effort to raise awareness and important operating funds for local nonprofits and to celebrate the generosity and vibrancy of our community.

We’ve seen our community come together in extraordinary ways over the past two months, let’s keep the momentum going and continue to support each other in this time of crisis.

We need history and a connection to our community’s past now more than ever. Understanding where we’ve been, helps us better understand how to move forward without repeating past mistakes. Please help us continue our mission to make history relevant and bring that history to you.

We’re a grassroots, non-profit history organization, and, like you, we’re struggling to navigate through today’s challenging times. In these extraordinary circumstances, your donation, big or small, can make an even greater impact. Your support allows us to continue providing in-depth programming and exciting events that bring the history of our community alive.

We ask you to Give Big to History from 6pm on April 30th to 6pm on May 1st! Follow this link for more information and to Give Big!

Thank you for your continued support of The Extreme History Project, and thank you for Giving Big to Gallatin Valley.


April is Archaeology Month in Montana!

Posted: April 2, 2020 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Welcome to Montana Archaeology Month! At Extreme History we celebrate Montana’s rich archaeological past all year, but in April we join the Montana Archaeological Society (MAS) is raising awareness about Montana archaeology. We usually look forward to attending the annual meeting of The Montana Archaeological Society to catch up with friends and colleagues. Of course, this year it’s been cancelled. We will miss our annual gathering, but know it’s better to stay home and stay safe. There are still ways to learn about Montana’s archaeological past, you can visit the Montana Archaeological Society’s website,, or like their Facebook page by clicking here. This year we are celebrating indigenous archaeology, commemorated by the 2020 MAS poster seen below designed by Tim Ryan.

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Women’s History Month!

Posted: March 10, 2020 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Here at the Extreme History Project we celebrate women’s history all year, but we’ve been working with local Bozeman, MT resident, Jane Klockman, to document her families history and wanted to share that with you during Women’s History Month. Our colleague, Amy Talcott wrote a wonderful article on Jane’s great aunt, Florence Ballinger Hamilton that we are excited to share with you.

Florence Ballinger Hamilton – By Amy Katherine Talcott

The author would like to extend her sincere gratitude to Jane Davidson Klockman, granddaughter of Lulu Ballinger Davidson and grandniece of Florence Ballinger Hamilton, whose reminiscences and extensive collection of correspondence and photographs made this biography possible. Click here to read the article. 

2019 appeal letter

Image  —  Posted: December 3, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

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, whether it is 50 years old or 150 years old. Experts will share their knowledge on research techniques and you’ll learn how to read maps, research historic photographs, city directories, deed records, and many other tools. We will visit the Gallatin History Museum, tour the Gallatin County Clerk and Recorders Office, and take a short walking tour of a historic neighborhood to better understand the architectural styles and character of historic Bozeman.

When: November 16, 2019 8:30am to 4:30pm
Where: 234 E. Mendenhall Street, Bozeman, MT 59715
Registration: $50 for non-members, $45 for members. Registration fee includes all materials and snacks. Lunch will be on your own.
Space is limited so click here to register early!


History After Dark: Ghosts of Bozeman’s Past!

Posted: October 8, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized
Buy tickets here!
Ready to encounter the ghosts of Halloween past?

For one night only, The Extreme History Project is bringing such notables as John Bozeman, Joseph Lindley, Lizzie Woods, and Achilles Lamme 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 new and intriguing cast members to delight you with their sagas.

This tour is offered Friday, October 18th, at 7:00, 7:10, 7:20 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.

The event is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.
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Saloon Shootings and “Rotgut”?!

Every Wednesday night at 6:00, The Extreme History Project takes visitors on a tour of Bozeman’s historic breweries and saloons.  Bozeman’s first saloons opened within the initial years of Bozeman’s founding in 1864.  These were not the rough and tumble saloons of the western mining camps though, where down-and-out miners drank their sorrows away on a less-than-delectable type of whiskey known as “rotgut.”  No, here in Bozeman we had establishments like the Palace Saloon. With its “handsome bar [and] beautifully papered and pictured walls,” the Palace was known to be the finest drinking establishment west of Chicago.  Bozeman’s saloons were not immune to violence. One night in 1885, Bozeman residents heard three shots fired in rapid succession and when they arrived at the Palace, Neil Lane lay dead on the saloon floor, shot by his business partner following an argument about a prostitute named “Beavertooth.”  Hear this story and others as your guide takes you through a tour of Bozeman’s historic saloons. Along the way, you’ll learn about the buildings that once housed these infamous saloons and come to understand how drinking culture in the United States has changed over time.  Our next Spirits, Suds, and Saloons tour leaves from The Extreme History Project Headquarters at 234 E. Mendenhall on Wednesday, August 14 at 6 pm!
To sign up for a tour, click here!

By Cheryl Hendry, tour guide of the Spirits, Suds, and Saloons tour
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The Spieth and Krug Brewery on Bozeman’s Main Street

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!

Extreme History Project Bus Tours!

Posted: June 7, 2019 by extremehistory in Uncategorized

Historic Virginia City Tour


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 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 or give us a call at 406-220-2678.

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!