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Montana Historical Society celebrates 150 years

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Montana Historical Society celebrates 150 years Montana Historical Society celebrates 150 years
HELENA -- Birthday cake was served at the Capitol on Monday afternoon to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Montana Historical Society.

Lawmakers created the society in 1865, during the first session of the Territorial Legislature in Bannack.

That event was marked at the Capitol by displays from the society's five programs, including the state archives, outreach and interpretation and the state historical preservation office. 

Thanks to forward thinking folks back then, the Historical Society has been on hand to record Montana's rich and diverse history -- including the Horse Culture of the Plains Indians, mountain men, and the rush for gold, silver and copper.

Bruce Whittenberg is director of the Montana Historical Society; he noted, "The mining history that brought the whole world to Montana for a  while...the diversity of the folks that came to Montana, from all over the world; the Chinese, the Irish, and so forth. You know it's a very, very rich and exiting history even though it's only a 150-years."

The MHS website has more details, including this overview: 

The Montana Historical Society is the guardian of Montana's memory. Established in 1865, the oldest institution of its kind in the West, the MHS's vast historic collections of artifacts, photographs, and documents are exhibited in six extraordinary galleries. 

In 1969, we became the official state Archives and the repository for state agency records of permanent value.Since the founding of the Montana Historical Society in Virginia City in 1865, our historians, curators and educators have worked as a team to save and share the stories of Montana.

The mission of the Montana Historical Society is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Montana's cultural heritage—past, present, and future.

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