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Chautauqua

Saturday, March 16, 2019

6:30pm - potluck

7:30pm - performances

First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  The Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge – Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was “the most American thing in America ”.  Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the EHAHC.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

The Chautauqua is open to all seeking entertainment, intellectual or spiritual growth and local culture.  Each participant performs 1-2 songs or a 5-minute reading.  Nightly performances highlight 10 reserved spots with two swing spots available for impromptu appearances.  Those wishing to be on stage are encouraged to contact Toni James to make reservations at (406) 843-5454 or email ranksmerc@yahoo.com

Admission is by donation


Montana Notable Women

Saturday March 30, 2019

7PM

Local Montana women will present on women of Montana

The actress Myrna Loy will be presented and discussed by Christina Koch. Ms. Loy was born in Helena in 1905 and spent her early childhood in Radersburg, MT. She appeared in many silent films and continued to appear in “talkies” into the 1980s.

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.

Dr. Kristin Ruppel, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University is making her mark on Women's History now with history in the making  to be told as the years go by. Ruppel is author of Unearthing Indian Land, a comprehensive examination of the consequences of more than a century of questionable public policies. Her profile will be spoken to by Pat Bradley of Twin Bridges.

Pat Bradly and her husband Rand have lived in Twin Bridges for 29 years.  She is a retired Justice of the Peace, having served in Roosevelt County and as a substitute judged for Madison County.  Pat served ten years on the board of the Thompson Hickman Library and counts as a great pride the building of the addition to that historic building. She also served ten years as a Twin Bridges Library Board and is currently a Madison County Planning Board member.

She is an appreciative fan and helpmate of the Elling House's superb contributions to Virginia City and Madison County and their wonderful Arts and Humanities offerings.

Dr. Mollie Atwater, who worked against the grain of 19th century ideas of womanhood to become a physician, will be presented and discussed by Clair Leonard. Dr. Atwater had difficulties finding work as a doctor in a time when women in professions were not accepted. She eventually found work as a physician in the mining town of Bannack Montana.

Claire Leonard is a member of the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center. Most of her adult years were spent working as a pediatric geneticist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico. Now retired, she enjoys doing activities that support a vibrant lifestyle in a rural community. She has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations from the American Society of Human Genetics to the Border Area Mental Health Center in Silver City, New Mexico.

In retirement, Claire has been active in advocacy for individuals challenged by mental illness and is a member of the Madison County Mental Health Local Advisory Council. Claire's interest in the EHAHC programs began when she attended the Splendid Feast in 2008. When she moved to Virginia City, she began helping at EHAHC events and is committed to supporting and expanding programs and the unique venue that Elling House provides.

Admission is by donation


Furs and Skulls and Porcupines...Oh My!

Sunday, April 14th event

2pm

Is that a Porcupine he is cuddling there!? Come here the story.

Is that a Porcupine he is cuddling there!? Come here the story.

Jim DeBoer of Sheridan, a retired Montana Game Warden, will present on the fur-bearing animals of our area on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm.  Learn a bit about the furs, skulls and behavior of these common, but not often seen, critters.  This will be a hands-on experience with group participation and questions answered.  A short video on porcupines will also be shown.

Admission is by donation.


A Reading with Montana’s Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger

Saturday, April 20, 2019

7pm

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At Jaeger's readings, expect humor, expect serious reflection, expect to examine the "human condition" in all its marvelous complexity. He enjoys interacting with audiences. He enjoys sharing the stage with other Montana poets. In between reading from his own work, he enjoys reciting from memory the poems of Robert Frost, Donald Hall, Richard Wilbur, and others. Let's light up the evening with the splendid magic of the spoken word!

Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from eleven western states.  Lowell has taught writing classes at numerous conferences and workshops and is currently Professor of English/Creative Writing at Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell, Montana), where he also serves as Humanities Division Chair.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.  He is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent of which are Or Maybe I Drift Off Alone (Shabda Press 2016) and Earth-blood & Star-shine (Shabda Press 2018)

Additional financial support is provided by Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Chautauqua

Saturday, April 27, 2019

6:30pm - potluck

7:30pm - performances

First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  The Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge – Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was “the most American thing in America ”.  Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the EHAHC.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

The Chautauqua is open to all seeking entertainment, intellectual or spiritual growth and local culture.  Each participant performs 1-2 songs or a 5-minute reading.  Nightly performances highlight 10 reserved spots with two swing spots available for impromptu appearances.  Those wishing to be on stage are encouraged to contact Toni James to make reservations at (406) 843-5454 or email ranksmerc@yahoo.com

Admission is by donation


Book Reading by Roger Dunsmore

Friday, May 3, 2019

7pm

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Former EHAHC board member, Roger Dunsmore's new book of poems, "On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems, 1966-2018," just released by Drumlummon Institute in Helena, Montana, is informed by the lyric past of ancient Greece and the visionary traditions of ancient America as expressed by the Lakota visionary and Catholic, Nickolaus Black Elk.  Herein can be found a poem for a loose ram, a poem for a woman kissing all the icons in the Byzantine Museum in Athens, a poem for a Montana trapper whose pet wolverine loved Oreo Cookies, a poem about wildness for the convicts at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.  Please join us for a reading by Roger from over fifty years of written work that is an outcropping of the Great Subculture which reaches back beyond the stone-age cave paintings of Europe and before the time of Jonah in the belly of the whale.