Archive | November, 2014

Montana’s Metal Master

It’s fitting that one of Montana’s best-known artists got his start in a welding class. Jim Dolan, whose larger-than-life metal sculptures are scattered across the state, came to Montana to pursue a degree in agriculture from Montana State University. He chanced upon sculpting during a welding class—creating small pieces out of scrap metal and nails. […]

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The State Song, or, How I Learned to Spell

“Montana, Montana, Glory of the West Of all the states from coast to coast you’re easily the best Montana, Montana, where skies are always blue M-O-N-T-A-N-A, Montana, I love you!” This is a much different post than the one I thought I was going to write. I thought that I was going to write about […]

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Concerning Ranchers

Ranchers are the same everywhere. In 2009, the Montana Stock Growers Association (MSGA) celebrated its 125th anniversary, and were looking for a way to commemorate the event. An obvious answer came to mind. Linda Grosslopf and Nancy Morrison compiled a book featuring 142 ranching families that have been ranching in Montana for over 100 years. […]

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Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark: Part 3

Editor’s Note: These are the kind of posts that happen when you turn a history major loose in a museum. These posts were inspired by, and draw heavily on, an exhibit at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Neither Empty Nor Unknown is an incredible exhibit that examines what life in Montana looked like during […]

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Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark: Part 2

Editor’s Note: These are the kind of posts that happen when you turn a history major loose in a museum. These posts were inspired by, and draw heavily on, an exhibit at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Neither Empty Nor Unknown is an incredible exhibit that examines what life in Montana looked like during […]

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