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Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events

51st Annual Montana History Conference

Mark your calendar for Sept. 26-28, 2024 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls. We’re planning a stellar line up of workshops, tours, lectures and discussions focused on Great Falls and Central Montana history. Conference registration will open in mid-July. Stay tuned for all the details.

Conference Hotel

Great Falls Heritage Inn, 1700 Fox Farm Road, Great Falls, MT 59404. Conference rates starting at $119/night. To reserve your room, call 406-761-1900 with group code MTHISTORYATTENDEE.

Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit proposals for conference lecture/panel/roundtable sessions has passed. Contact if you would like to submit a late proposal.

Call for Student Poster Proposals

MTHS is excited to offer undergraduate and graduate student poster session scholarships to attend the Montana History Conference, Sept. 26-28, 2024 in Great Falls. Accepted poster presenters will receive complimentary conference registration ($250 value) and a $450 travel/expense reimbursement. Posters must address a Montana or Western history topic. Click here for information and the link to submit student proposals online.

Educator Scholarships

K-12 teachers can apply for Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholarships to attend the 51st annual Montana History Conference in Great Falls. Scholarships recipients receive full conference registration ($245 value) plus up to $400 for travel for those living outside the Great Falls area. Scholarship awardees living in or near Great Falls will receive a free conference registration. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. June 9, 2024. Awards will be announced on Friday, June 28, 2024. Applying for a scholarship is quick and easy. Apply online with this link.

2024 History Conference Save the Date Card

50th Annual Montana History Conference

Building on the Past, the 50th annual Montana History Conference, was held in Helena, September 28-30 at the Delta Colonial Hotel, the same location as the first conference in 1974. Thank you to all (350+ people!) who attended and to our many talented presenters who spent much time and effort to bring their research to the public. Thank you again to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Helena’s Valley Bank and Opportunity Bank, Montana Office of Public Instruction, the Charles Redd Center, the Foundation for Montana History, Bureau of Land Management, Vital Energy Chiropractic, and artist Becky Eiker.

If you missed the conference, couldn’t make it to one of the concurrent sessions, or just want to revisit one of the many interesting topics, click here to view the list of recordings and watch the slideshow or video presentations on YouTube.

If you missed our previous History Conferences, you can find past conference programs or listen to session recordings here.

Educator Workshops

2024 Summer Workshops

MTHS is hosting three six-hour workshops this summer in Missoula (June 14), Helena (June 21) and Great Falls (June 26). Dr. Tammy Elser will lead the Missoula and Helena workshops, "Reading to Learn and Learning to Read in the Social Studies Classroom." Teacher Leaders in History Jodi Delaney and Hali Richmond will lead the Great Falls workshop, "Crossing Disciplines with Montana: A History of Our Home. Learn more.  

Additional Online Professional Development

Find archived professional development, which can be taken for renewal credits, on our Professional Development page. Offerings include a guided tour of MTHS's Educator Resources and two lecture series: Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons and the Montana History in 9 MORE Easy Lessons. 

Bring a Montana Teacher Leader to Your Community!

Take advantage of our extraordinary Teacher Leaders in History program. Eleven elementary and middle school teachers from across the state, who have received training on the Montana Historical Society resources and are versed in best practices for history education, are available to provide professional development. Looking for a presenter at your school? Learn more.