Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

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Public Programs and Events

The Montana Historical Society hosts public programs on a wide variety of topics relating to the Treasure State’s history and culture. Most programs take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (excluding holidays and a summer break). Every fall the Society holds its annual Montana History Conference. Special lectures, exhibit openings, curator tours, and family programs also enliven the year.

Can’t make it? Watch the archived recording on the MHS YouTube Channel as well as a variety of great presentations.

September 2023

NOTE: All presentations are at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena and archived on the MTHS YouTube Channel unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
    Where Did Our Public Lands Come From?
    Presentation and book signing with John Clayton

    Although many people today think of public lands as an American birthright, their very existence was at one point in doubt. In honor of Public Lands Day, join John Clayton in discovering an origin story for public that has a climax in Montana! John will draw on his experience writing Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

    An outdoor enthusiast and the author of five books, John Clayton is an independent author,journalist, essayist, and sustainable-business content developer based in Montana.

See a listing of all Montana Historical Society public programs and events for September 2023 here.

To arrange speakers for your group or organization, or other questions regarding public programs, contact Laura Marsh at (406) 444-4789 or

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