Submitted by The Heritage Museum
The Heritage Museum will host Montana Conversations program “Hand-Raised: The Historic Barns of Montana” with Chere Jiusto on June 2, 2018. The program will be at 10:30 a.m. during the Museum’s 40th Anniversary Opening Day celebration. The presentation is free and open to the public. Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.
The historic barns of Montana are a threatened part of our heritage. To capture their history and encourage their preservation, Chere Jiusto, Christine Brown and photographer Tom Ferris collaborated on the award-winning book Hand Raised: Historic Barns of Montana, released by Montana Historical Society Press in 2011. Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) championed this decade-long project, which traces the agricultural history of Big Sky Country and celebrates the craftsmanship that went into building these icons of rural life. This conversation includes an overview of Montana’s barn-building history, stunning photographs of barns from across the state, and the stories attached to some of Montana’s most memorable, photogenic, and historic barns.
Chere Jiusto has dedicated her career to preserving Montana’s historic places. Juisto’s career in cultural resources and public history in Montana has spanned over two decades. She is currently the executive director of the Montana Preservation Alliance
The Heritage Museum will host the Montana Conversations program “Alcohol, Corsets, and the Vote: A Conversation with Mary Long Alderson” with Anne Foster on June 2, 2018. The program will be at 11:30 AM during the Museum’s 40th Anniversary Opening Day celebration. The presentation is free and open to the public. Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.
In celebration of the Montana women’s suffrage centennial, join suffragette, temperance worker, dress reformer, and journalist Mary Long Alderson for a conversation. This first person presentation invites the audience into a 1914 Montana parlor to discourse on the issues of the day. Chairwoman of the Montana Floral Emblem campaign, president of the Montana Christian Temperance Union, and a leader in the Montana Woman Suffrage Association, Mrs. Alderson is an eloquent and passionate presenter. Drawing from her own editorials and other writings, Mary will explain the benefits of votes for women as well as the evils of drink and tight lacing. From rough and tumble territorial beginnings, Montana’s pioneer women helped the grand state of Montana build community and gain statehood, now it is time for the Montana sisterhood to join together once again to prepare her for this wondrous new century.
Following the first person interpretation, scholar Anne Foster will step into the present to detail her research and answer questions with a modern view.
Anne Foster is an archivist and living historian who has worn a corded petticoat while baking biscuits in 1864 Arizona, a hoop while spinning wool in 1865 Montana, a bustle to travel by narrow gauge train through 1876 Colorado, and an s-curve corset to pan for gold in 1905 Alaska.
For more information, please call The Heritage Museum at 293-7521.