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Regenerating teh Rez

2017 Presentations:

All lectures begin at 6pm in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.

January 19 – Meg Singer – Regenerating the Rez: Breaking Down the Misconceptions of Reservations, Sovereignty and Identity . Sponsored by the Montana Racial Equity Project. To view this lecture on Facebook, click here.

February 16 – Crystal Alegria – The Last Will and Testament of Lizzie Williams; An African American Entrepreneur in 1870s Bozeman. Sponsored by CTA Architects and Engineers. To view this lecture on Facebook, click hereWith the end of the Civil War in 1865, African Americans joined the westward migration, hoping for a better life and opportunity in the West. We will explore the life of Lizzie Williams, An African American business woman who sought refuge in Bozeman during the 1870s. We will explore historic documents, including Lizzie’s last Will and Testament to better understand her life and catch a rare glimpse of early Bozeman through the lens of this African American woman.

March 9 – John Russell – John Colter: Hunter, Trapper, Long Distance Runner. Sponsored by Big Sky Wind DrinkersJohn Colter craved adventure, and when he signed on with the Lewis and Clark Expedition for five dollars a month, he got his fair share of it – and then some. Colter is best known for his infamous run from Blackfeet Indians near the Three Forks in 1808, but his role with the Corps of Discovery, the northwest fur trade, and early explorations of what is now Yellowstone National Park are just as important. Local broadcaster/historian John Russell will give an overview of Colter’s exciting, albeit brief life on March 9th at the Museum of the Rockies.

April 27 – MSU Faculty and Students – Recovering History: Salvage Archaeology at Fort Ellis

May 25 – Shane Doyle – Cultural Geography of Medicine Wheel Country. Sponsored by Victoria York. The Northern Plains region of North America, widely regarded for its sublime combination of majestic mountain ranges and sweeping prairies and stunning endless blue skies, is truly Medicine Wheel Country.  All of the climatic and environmental elements of this most grand and extreme landscape have imbued human cultural values and societal norms for well over 13,000 years. The essential characteristics of the Medicine Wheel Country have endured beyond colonization and the manifestations remain evident and relevant today; embodied in the ancient and commonly practiced  ceremonies of the Sundance and give-away, and reflected in mainstream secular institutions like Montana’s 1972 Constitution and contemporary stream access laws.  Dr. Shane Doyle, Apsaalooke, will comment on the distinguishing cultural voices and sensibilities that have endured under the Big Sky, and within the circle of community. 

August 17 – Mark Johnson – Becoming Chinese in Montana: Political Activism amongst Montana’s Historic Chinese Communities. That Montana had a large Chinese population in the late-19th century is well known. However, most analysis of this community focuses solely on their challenges and contributions in the American West, paying little attention to the transnational nature of the Chinese experience. By understanding Montana’s Chinese pioneers through a global lens they can be seen as active and engaged participants who used the skills gained through their time in the American West to work for self-improvement and to strengthen a severely weakened China they had temporarily left but never forgotten. 

September 21 – Toby Day – What Secrets do 100+ Year-Old Apple Trees Hold? Find Out through MSU’s Montana Heritage Orchard Program

October 26 – Anthony Wood – Race and Ruination: The Exodus of Montana’s African American Community. In 1910, Montana’s African American population constituted a vibrant community—seemingly on the precipice of growth and prosperity.  By 1920, however, that growth faltered and the signs of decline were evident. Over the next decade the population of the black community atrophied to nearly half its numbers from 1910, never again to recover. In researching numerous family and individual histories over the last three years, a key point of ambiguity in many African American narratives centers on why they left Montana. Leading up to the tumultuous social, economic, and environmental conditions that griped the state starting in the late 1910s, new and unique western structures of racism were already in place. Consequently, this produced disproportionate hardships and bleak conditions for the black community. This lecture will explore the history of black Montanans and their experiences in the early twentieth century. Through stories about the rise and fall of black night clubs in Helena, Buffalo Soldiers, homesteaders, unions, and other narratives in Montana’s history, we will come to a better understanding about the historical experiences of our fellow Montanans, and why so many chose to leave. 

November 16 – Rob Briwa – Exploring the Crossroads of Heritage and Highway Maps in the Last Best Place

2016 Presentations:

All lectures begin at 6pm in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.

March 22 – Dr. Larry Todd – Archaeology in the Land of Fire and Ice

March 23 – Crystal Alegria and Marsha Fulton – Extreme History’s Excellent Adventure in the National Archives

April 21 – Dr. Craig Lee –Ice Patch Archaeology at the Crossroads of Culture and Climate Change in the Greater Yellowstone Area

April 25 – Dr. Doug MacDonald – Yellowstone’s Obsidian Cliff: Celebrating 20 years as a National Historic Landmark.

May 12  – Dr. Mike Neeley – The Beaucoup Site: Excavations at a Bison Kill in Northeast Montana

August 25 – Dr. Tom Rust – “My Duties . . . Are Not So Clearly Laid Down…”:  The Problems of Command on the Montana Frontier

September 12 – Dr. Janet Ore – Building Community through Historic Preservation.

October 26 – C. Riley Auge’ – Sensing the Difference: The historical association of sensory elements with cultural “otherness”

2015 and earlier talks below

Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre

Our second half of the year schedule for lecturesUnearthing the Past at the Crossroads of Culture Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers with Ellen Baumler Thursday, May 21st at 6pm in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockiesposter

The Extreme History Project Lecture Series at the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Montana, 2014

The Extreme History Project presents a monthly lecture series at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman Montana

Fighting for Women's Rights, Hazel Hunkins Hallinan

The Extreme History Project Presents Mirror Mirror on the Wall with Dr. Riley Auge

The Extreme History Project Presents I Do: A Cultural History of Montana Weddings with Martha Kohl

The Extreme History Project and the Museum of the Rockies present I Do: A Cultural History of Montana Weddings with Martha Kohl


Betsy Watry Poster

Dr. Shane Doyle


Technology reveals secrets on Fort Parker's Surface

The Extreme History Project Lecture Series at the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Montana, 2014
A big thanks to all our speakers from 2012!! Look for us on January 10th when we start our 2013 Lecture Series at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman! See you then!

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  1. Pam Poulsen says:

    Looking for your 2015-2016 Lecture Series Schedule. Is it posted some other plave?

  2. www.transformsiberia.com says:

    So, are these events in 2016? Or, are these 2015 events?

    • These are events from 2015 but we will be posting our upcoming 2016 lectures soon. Our first lecture this year is on March 23, 6pm, at the Museum of the Rockies titled, “Extreme History’s Excellent Adventure; Finding Fort Parker in the National Archives.” Hope you can join us.

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