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A Reading with Montana's Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger

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saturday, April 21, 2018

6:00pm meet & greet

7:00pm reading

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).

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.


Favorite Friends, Famous Poems

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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3:00 PM

"Next to being a great poet, is the power of understanding one;” H.W Longfellow.  

The Elling House Arts Humanities Center will host our annual special event of readings by some of our favorite friends.  Each friend is invited to read his/her favorite famous poem.  Our favorite friends for the 2018 event is Patti Henry , Dave Walker, Karl Marcus, Chris Harris, Jeannie James, Amber Rose Mason and others!!

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.


Painting Workshop with Cathy Toot

sunday, May 20, 2018

1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Local Ennis artist and EHAHC board member, Cathy Toot, will host a painting workshop from 1-3pm.  No experience necessary and all materials provided!  Spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in the historic Elling House creating an original piece of YOUR art!

$45 per person  
Tickets are purchased in advance by calling 406-843-5454
 
Make your reservations today!  
Space is limited to 12 people.


Mike Dowling concert

Friday, June 8, 2018

7:00pM

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FREE CONCERT!  Tickets are usually $15 for this event BUT this year, it's on the EHAHC!  Please come enjoy one of our favorite and most-faithful performer on the EHAHC stage!

When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and can be heard on his Grammy-nominated "Nashville Jam". Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."Echoing that sentiment is an ever-growing chorus of music critics, guitar students, and acoustic music fans from throughout the world.

Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. But Mike can't be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He's far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

Admission is by donation and open to the public.


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

The Life & Times of Henry Elling

presented by Amy Grice

Thursday, June 14, 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.

Henry Elling (1842-1900) was a banker in Virginia City, Montana, with extensive mercantile, mining, and ranching interests.  Orphaned at the age of 15, Elling made his way from Germany to the United States with great hope…and little knowledge of English. After a few years in Missouri, where he learned the mercantile business—and English—he began his westward trek; arriving in Virginia City, Montana, in the summer of 1864. During the next 36 years, Henry was extraordinarily successful with his wide ranging investments which included banking, mining, ranching, and properties. By the time of his death, Henry was well established as one of the wealthiest men in Montana. Join us as we learn more of the life journey of this man who lived the “American Dream” from one his ancestors.

Amy practiced as an equine veterinarian for 25 years, and served as the managing partner of her equine referral practice in upstate New York until 2015, when she opened a business consulting firm, and moved her residence to Virginia City.
 
Amy is the daughter of the late Mary and George Grice, who retired to Virginia City in 2001. She grew up in Connecticut, received her BA in Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and then completed her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Marist College School of Management in 2014.
 
Dr. Grice has strong family ties to Virginia City and the Elling House. Henry and Mary (Cooley) Elling were uncle and aunt of her great Aunt Mary Anna Elling, who was raised in the Elling House in Virginia City for a number of years in the 1880’s. In turn, Mary Anna Elling raised Dr. Grice’s grandmother, Anne Case Drummond, sharing with her many stories of her time in Montana.
 
After many years of being a summer visitor, Amy is thrilled to finally be a fulltime resident. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Montana’s back country on her horse.
 
In addition to serving as treasurer to the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center, the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Amy is a Virginia City city council member. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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.


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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.


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