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2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

Dancing the night away in the “social city Presented by Janet Allestad

thursday, August 8, 2019

6:30pm at Linderman Cabin

The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

The Linderman presentations are usually held, as is this one, in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.

In this presentation Janet Allestad will be provide a brief history of dances, balls, soirees and hops that contributed to Virginia City, Montana Territory being nicknamed the “social city” of the west during the mid 1860’s. Excerpts from Montana Post articles, diaries and written historical materials will give a sense of what it might have been like to live and enjoy being in a town teeming with gold seekers, merchants and families bringing their traditions from the “states”

The discussion will also include the appropriate ball gown, accessories, manners and etiquette that would lead a lady to become the “belle of the ball” instead of a wall flower. There will be some examples to be observed by attendees with a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. Anyone with experiences at the Virginia City Grand Victorian Balls, “ A Step Back in Time,” will be encouraged to share with the group pictures or antidotes.

Janet Allestad grew up in West Virginia near the Mason-Dixon line, which was used to divide the new state from Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War; hence, the beginnings of an avid interest in history. She attended West Virginia University obtaining a BS and a Master’s Degree in Ed.

After a varied career, Janet moved to Virginia City and became immersed in the history and life style of the area. During this time, she became involved in local and state organizations such as the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for Virginia City, Montana Historical Society, Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society, and the Bannack Association.

Janet served as chairman of the VCPA’s Grand Victorian balls in Virginia City for a number of years before residing with her brother in Alto, NM for health reasons. In New Mexico, Janet volunteers at Fort Stanton Historic Site and Lincoln Historic Site, continuing her involvement with history of the west.


Montana Raptor Conservation Center Program

friday, August 9, 2019

6pm at Discovery Park

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This program will provide an overview of what makes raptors unique in the bird world, the raptors of Montana, and the importance of raptors to our ecosystem. This is a hands-on opportunity to explore and experience raptor characteristics and adaptations though bio-facts (animal artifacts).

Admission by Donation

PLEASE BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS and NO DOGS ALLOWED!!


2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

And a Good Time Was Had By All

Presented by Mark Weber

sunday, August 11, 2019

2pm at Linderman Cabin

The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

The Linderman presentations are usually held, as is this one, in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.

Mark Weber will present an overview of the social life and cultural fabric of the Alder Gulch in the mid-1860’s. From the churches to the saloons, we’ll look at the role of the many social options which made Virginia City known as “The Social City.

Mark is a long-time historian, teacher and business owner in Madison County.  For several years, he operated the Elling Gold Exchange and the Creamery, and beautifully restored the buildings which housed those businesses.  Mark was also a leading force in forming the Virginia City Preservation Alliance which led to the Bovey properties in Virginia and Nevada cities being saved under the care of the Montana Heritage Commission.

Admission by Donation


An evening with Willson & McKee

friday, August 30, 2019

7pm

Willson & McKee once again! The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center has hosted this excellent duo a few times in the past. Thus it is expected that this evening will be full of community, music, and audience participation!

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Kim McKee received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish and Scottish music, 28 years ago! She moves effortlessly between her instruments and her palate includes hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar and bodhran, Ken Willson is the pulsing folk drive, with an engaging tenor voice and tasteful guitar and bouzouki foundations to the unique material.

Collecting experiences, stories and humor from 20 years of touring together, this pair has focused on educational programming, concert venues, college campuses, master classes, workshops, cultural events and festivals, and they have fine tuned their stage performances to be anything but predictable, traditional, or expected.

Admission $15


Butte Magic

Sunday, September 15, 2019

3PM

Butte Magic is composed of several Montana based performers and stagehands who have a passion for magic and want to share it with the world. From sword swallowing at Evel Knievel days, to magic for corporate fundraisers, to juggling and balloon animals for parties, Butte Magic has it covered.But we go beyond just performance! Magic and juggling lessons, panels on sideshow and magic history, cold reading, weird-science shows, PA systems, live DJing, tent rentals and more!

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So, Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is your chance to see the spectacle of a lifetime! Magic, juggling, feats of strength, and more! Behold, as the performers of Butte Magic performed in a death-defying, jaw dropping, and plain ol' puzzling show!