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"Hollowtop Smoke Signals" by Art Kehler book reading

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6:30pm

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Author of more than two hundred essays, Kehler writes from his home in the small, rural town of Harrison, Montana. His essays, both humorous and poignant, have been published in regional newspapers and journals, online magazines, and nationally recognized literary magazines.

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This book of humorous essays takes you down home to the ‘tri-cities’ of Harrison, Pony and Norris, Montana, (combined populations of 382), and the charms, challenges, and various misadventures of living in such a rustic but beautiful place, nestled on the northeastern fringe of the Tobacco Root Mountains. In an age of political controversy, chaos, and negative news, author Art Kehler gives us a refreshing look at small town antics and a chance to laugh at ourselves as we relate to our shared human condition. This compilation of more than 80 humorous anecdotes from real life, poke fun at the wildlife, the residents, the tourists, the weather, and most of all, the author himself. Many of the essays have appeared in various periodicals, and have drawn much praise from readers. Art’s essays include a harrowing tale of a climb to the top of Hollowtop Mountain, for which the book is named. From rattlesnake hunting to elk bugling, to bench sitting, to helpful suggestions for coping with a one-sided town and its frequent four-legged visitors, there is much to a reader can either relate to, laugh at, or both. Readers have called it hilarious, and compared it to that of James Thurber, Mark Twain, Garrison Keilor, and other humorists as he writes about his experiences in the tri-cities of Pony, Harrison, and Norris, Montana, whose combined population is fewer than 500 people. Are his true stories slightly embellished? You be the judge as you treat yourself to some health-producing belly laughs by reading his book and hearing him speak. Stop worrying and relax with the best medicine you can find: laughter.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


~ Historic Montana Millionaire lecture series at the Linderman Cabin, Laurin, MT ~

Andrew Jackson Davis - Montana's First Millionaire

presented by Jim Jarvis

Thursday, July 19, 2018

6:00pM

**at Linderman Cabin, Robber’s Roost in Laurin, MT**

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The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, sponsor their fifth series of history programs in 2018.  Once again, the programs are held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.  The general theme of the 2018 series focuses upon historic Montana millionaires.

A.J. Davis (1819-1890), a successful banker, was a lesser known contemporary of Butte's notorious copper kings.  This presentation will explore the life and legacy of this important figure in Montana history. 

James (Jim) R. Jarvis has worked in the historic preservation field for the past 18 years, serving as the preservation officers for the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow and the Town of Virginia City, Montana.  In these roles, he administered local historic preservation programs for these National Historic Landmark communities, including design review of new development within historic districts, restoration and rehabilitation of various publicly owned historic properties, and general historical research and interpretation. Currently, he works as an independent consultant, providing community development planning, project management, and fund raising services for various communities and projects.

Special research interests include the study of Montana’s frontier settlements, their origins and often colorful inhabitants. Jim has contributed to several publications and conferences on these subjects.

Jim resides in Virginia City, Montana with his wife Sheri, a professional multi-media artist and native of Glasgow, Montana.   He can be reached at historysmith@mail.com.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


"Sacred Dog: the Journey" by Thomas Savage                 book reading

Thursday, July 26, 2018

7:00 pm

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The Lakota word, Sunka Wakan, means horse. The English translation is Sacred Dog. This story is about the epic life of one such sacred dog whose fight for survival in the brutal high deserts of Nevada leads him on an unbelievable journey. Live the incredible experiences of Son of Banshee, as he leads his herd of wild mustangs through the unforgiving wilds of Nevada. At every turn, his life is a battle against not only the brutal land in which he and his herd lives, but a relentless struggle also to elude the capture of man. Though his life is one of constant strife, the stallion finds freedom in the darkness of night. In his dream world, he is the warhorse of the great Sioux war chief, Talking Bear. Their passage creates a bond between them that is timeless.

 

Author Bio:

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I am Tom Savage.  I have lived nearly all my years in the rugged mountains of southwestern Montana.  In rural homes near the towering mountains that form the Continental Divide, my love for the wildness of nature was born. By my father’s strong example and under his watchful eye, I took my first tentative steps as a young boy on the path that I walk still today. My growing hunger to understand the sometimes mysterious ways of nature grew in to a journey of untold miles walking my beloved mountains along the great divide.  I grew to appreciate the great force at work in these wild and unchanged places.  My chosen path in life has led me to a beautiful earth-based spirituality.  Native American friends I came to know along the way, generously shared their most revered ceremonies with me.  Knowledge learned from these ceremonies, I realized after much introspection, has given me the words to write this, and other stories.

 

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


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Butte Magic Show

Sunday, July 29, 2018

3:00pM

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 perform in a death-defying, jaw dropping and plain ol’ puzzling show!

Admission is by donation and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Gatewood, Leonard & Thomas families of Virginia City, MT

The Lucky Valentines concert

Friday, August 3, 2018

7:00pM

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The Lucky Valentines are Montana native songwriters Shaun and Jamie Carrier. Their music has been described as "stirring" Americana,  "straight from the heart." Married on February 14, 2010 they have been playing music for the whole of their life together. Crafting songs rooted in honest, raw emotion and blending sounds from alt-country, rock-n-roll, indie, and folk; they span themes of joy and pain in the face of life's trials. They borrow inspiration from their own experience, observation, and the beautiful, lonesome landscape and history of north-central Montana. Their 2016 independent release "Lion in the Garden" is a collection of songs that explore betrayal, loss, and joy. The Lucky Valentines have a setlist with over 2 hours of original music, both upbeat and slow tunes. The two use guitars, vocals and violin to create a unique, yet familiar sound.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


Pluck and Stamina:  The Life of Pioneer Photographer Evelyn Cameron

(portrayal by Mary Jane Bradbury)

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Thursday, august 9, 2018

7:00pM

Evelyn Flower Cameron traded a life of English wealth and privilege for a tiny homestead cabin in the austere, rugged badlands of eastern Montana.  She soon learned the art of glass-plate photography as a way to support the Cameron’s struggling pioneer homestead.  For the rest of her life, she rode horseback many miles, carrying her camera around her waist and her wooden tripod in a gun scabbard, documenting expansive and beautiful Western landscapes along with the homesteaders, sheepherders, ranch families and immigrants who lived there.  Evelyn produced some of the first photographs of North American birds, and was an early proponent of prairie and wildlife conservation.  Historic interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury brings Evelyn to life through living history as well as a look at some of her outstanding photographs.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


~ Historic Montana Millionaire lecture series at the Linderman Cabin, Laurin, MT ~

William Andrews Clark:  A Most Disgusting Creature

presented by Gary Forney

Thursday, August 16, 2018

6:30pM

**at Linderman Cabin, Robber’s Roost in Laurin, MT**

 

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The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, sponsor their fifth series of history programs in 2018.  Once again, the programs are held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.  The general theme of the 2018 series focuses upon historic Montana millionaires.

William Andrews Clark (1839-1925) arrived in the Montana Territory with little more than the clothes on his back and his “library” of three books…and a hard and ruthless ambition to succeed.  By the time he left Montana he was one of the richest men in the world, and is still ranked as one of the 50 richest Americans of all time.  He was also arguably one of the most despised.  This program will profile Mr. Clark’s phenomenal rise in riches and power—economically and politically.

Gary Forney is a retired college administrator and local historian.  He has been a full-time resident of the Ennis area since 1999, and since then has authored four books, written numerous articles, and made many presentations on the early territorial period of Montana.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


Willson & McKee concert

Saturday, august 25, 2018

7:00pm

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Willson & McKee are two voices with Celtic Harp, Accordion, Irish Bouzouki, Guitars, Dulcimers, Bodhran, Bagpipes and lot's of fun! 

Rocky Mountain Celtic… what Celtic becomes when it settles comfortably, three generations in the west! Americans doing what they do best – interpreting their roots music in fresh and original ways!! The combination of their Celtic heritage plus their Montana and Colorado roots gives audiences a distinctive musical experience. Original compositions with an ancient sound, and traditional pieces re-dressed in their customized style.

Performing and studying with master musicians, storytellers and dancers in Ireland and Scotland, guarantees sparkle and depth with a Willson & McKee event! Repeated honors at such events as the Walton’s of Dublin International Songwriting Competition at the Milwaukee Irish Festival and instrumental awards such as a National Instrumental Championship guarantee the highest quality performances. The combination of blazing instrumentals, warm harmony vocals, a lot of laughter and a ceilidh dance or two translates into… never a dull moment! A Willson & McKee concert is a curiously un-tamed moment in time, gathering past and present… a comfortable and engaging musical evening with friends.

Admission is $15 per person

Tickets purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 406-843-5454


~ Historic Montana Millionaire lecture series at the Linderman Cabin, Laurin, MT ~

William Boyce Thompson: From Copper Mines to Arboretums, the Virginia City Born Magnate

presented by Christina Koch

sunday, september 9, 2018

2:00pM

**at Linderman Cabin, Robber’s Roost in Laurin, MT**

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The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, sponsor their fifth series of history programs in 2018.  Once again, the programs are held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.  The general theme of the 2018 series focuses upon historic Montana millionaires.

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Born in Virginia City, Montana on May 13, 1869, William Boyce Thompson, revolutionized Western American mining and influenced the mining business from Canada to Africa.  He used his immense wealth to help the world in many philanthropic endeavors, ranging from his work with the American Red Cross in Russia, to spending millions of dollars promoting the study and exploration of science at various Universities, to creating an arboretum state park in Arizona, to building a library in his hometown of Virginia City, Montana.  This presentation will focus on the highlights of William Boyce Thompson’s dense life and the legacy he left behind.

Christina Koch is the Assistant Librarian at Thompson-Hickman Madison County Library where she has worked for the last 8 years.  Originally from Denver, Christina is happy to call Virginia City home.  She worked tirelessly for five years, making the dream of building an addition onto the Thompson-Hickman Madison County Library in Virginia City a reality, that compliments the original structure.  During the summer months, Christina can also be found running the Virginia City Opera House with her husband, Bill Koch.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


Splendid Feast

Friday and Saturday, december 14 & 15, 2018

6:30-7pm - wassail social hour

7pm - Four-course feast

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The historic Virginia City home is beautifully decorated, inside and out, presenting a warm and comfortable venue for the capacity gathering to enjoy an evening of delicious food, splendid music, and wonderful fellowship.  

Tickets $50 

Call to make your reservation 406-843-5454

Credit cards accepted