Current events

 

Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat

Fri/Sat/Sun, FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

10am-6pm

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Join us for the 3rd Annual Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat with Allyson Adams at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center in Virginia City, Montana.  Sneak away for a creative adventure!

Seize the moment and bring your work to completion. This 3-day workshop focuses on writing that is ready to be honed, edited and targeted to a specific audience. New techniques for “fleshing” out passages and finding your core message will be explored. 

Workshop fee is $265 with beverages and a healthy gourmet lunch provided for all 3 days. Classes are 10 am - 6 pm everyday. Lodging at the historic Elling House is available.

For registration and more info please visit www.montanawritersretreat.com or contact Allysonadams@mac.com, 406-925-9395. Unplug and leave the world behind.


Chautauqua

Saturday, FEBRUARY 17, 2018

6:30pm potluck, 7:30pm performance

The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, 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 Elling House.  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 and open to the public.


“Climbing Mountains in Skirts” presents Dorothy Eck, Martha Edgerton Rolfe Plassman and Mildred Walker

~Celebrating Women's History Month by celebrating historical Montana women~

Saturday, march 10, 2018

7pm

In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the EHAHC presents “Climbing Mountains in Skirts”.  This program profiles three women who courageously made their mark upon Montana history:

Dorothy Eck 1924-2017 (social activist and long-time MT legislator)

Martha Edgerton Rolfe Plassman 1850-1936 (first woman editor/publisher of a MT newspaper)

Mildred Walker 1905-1998 (author of several books, including Winter Wheat which was a One Book Montana selection).

Presenting the stories of these women are Doris Fischer of Sheridan, MT, Erin Leonard of Virginia City, MT and Ann White of McAllister, MT.  

Admission is by donation and open to the public.

 

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Chautauqua

Saturday, march 17, 2018

6:30pm Potluck, 7:30pm performance

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The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, 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 Elling House.  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 and open to the public.

 


A Reading with Montana's Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger

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saturday, April 21, 2018

7:00pm

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!

Admission is by donation and open to the public. 

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


Chautauqua

saturday, april 28, 2018

6:30pm Potluck, 7:30pm performance

The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, 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 Elling House.  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 and open to the public.


Me and Martha: Intimate Reflections of Dora DuFran about the Real Life of Calamity Jane 

(portrayal by Mary Jane Bradbury)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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7:00pm

The name Calamity Jane brings to mind an iconic character of the American West. Accounts of Calamity-whose real name was Martha Canary-are legion and she has achieved mythical status in the lore of the frontier. She lived and traveled throughout Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas from 1867 to 1903, during some of the West's wildest days. The voracious Victorian press sensationalized her activities, and as a flamboyant character in popular dime novels, Calamity Jane's legend grew until the person behind the character all but disappeared. 

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Who better to give us insights about the real story than madam Dora DuFran, a Black Hills pioneer, entrepreneur and close friend of Calamity's. Ms. DuFran built a successful red light business during the rambunctious early days of the western frontier in Deadwood, South Dakota, and has a unique perspective about how wild it really was. Ms. DuFran knows better than anyone the life of Martha Canary and Calamity Jane, two quite different women, one legendary, one all but forgotten.

 

Admission is by donation and open to the public. 

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


Ridge to Ridge: The Watershed Approach

Friday, May 18, 2018

7:00pM

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The lifeblood of our area is our land and our water, and the way it is managed is a topic of extraordinary priority.  By working with community members and partners, an unique approach is used to protect the high quality resources that we have, and restore areas where problems might exist. Come learn about the tools and the outcomes from the local Watershed Coordinator, Sunni Heikes-Knapton. Photo by Emily Numrich.

 

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


Growling Old Men concert

Friday, June 22, 2018

7:00pM

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The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center presents “Growling Old Men” in concert. Ben Winship (mandolins & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies acoustic music world.

The Growling Old Men really enjoy playing music together. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Together the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes – informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains.

In concert the Growling Old Men are engaging and spontaneous as they make a big sound for two guys. Their shows include a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – they like to walk the edge of improvisational risk taking.  The duo strives to contrast simplicity with complexity; all with good tone and a warm sense of humor.

Ben Winship is a multi-instrumentalist and was a founding member of Loose Ties, with whom he performed from 1986 to 1996. In the words of Tim O’Brien, “Ben is one of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.” In addition to the Growling Old Men, he also performs with Brother Mule, the Fishing Music Band and a local Dixieland band. Ben also runs a well respected recording studio, the Henhouse, and his CDs and soundtracks have appeared in numerous documentaries and everywhere from MTV, ESPN, NPR, Sirius to the World Café and Car Talk – a testament to Winship’s versatility and broad appeal. Despite countless hours driving around with windows down and running a chainsaw, Ben’s hearing is still pretty good.

John Lowell has been a stalwart of the Montana bluegrass scene for the past 25 years. Fronting two of the regions finest bluegrass bands, Wheel Hoss and Kane’s River, John has set a standard for rock solid guitar playing and great singing. “John Lowell is an engaging vocalist and a facile guitarist,” said Bluegrass Unlimited, adding that, “he is a great storyteller.” Lowell’s songs often show up on the bluegrass radio charts, having been covered by a growing list of contemporary bands: Valerie Smith, Front Range, New Vintage, Bryan Bowers, Bluegrass Etc. John has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, he has been compared to some of the finest guitarists in the business, and to a ham sandwich.

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 ~

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.


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.


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