Join MPA staff, Board, and members and raise a glass for historic preservation! The Blackfoot will donate $1 for every pint sold. Beer really does work for preservation!
Join the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) and special guests for a public meeting on Helena's most historic school - Central School and the Seventh Avenue Gym. Montana Historical Society Interpretive Historian Ellen Baumler will look back to the property's origins as an early-day cemetery, K-12 school designed by architect George Carsley, and community anchor in the downtown and east side neighborhoods. MPA Architect Dustin Kalanick and CTA Group Preservation Architect Lesley Gilmore will share cost information and floor plans for a 21st Century renovated Central School alongside case studies of how other historic schools in seismic zones across the West have been rejuvenated to serve as safe, inviting, high-functioning historic schools. Time for discussion, questions, and comments will follow.
Identical meetings will be held at Noon and 7 pm on January 9th.
This year the Montana Downtown Coalition conference will be hosted in Butte and coordinated by Mainstreet Uptown Butte with collaboration from the Butte Local Development Corporation, Butte-Silver Bow CVB with major support from the Butte TBID and the Butte Urban Revitalization Agency. The organizers are excited to welcome keynote speaker Laura Torchio, Deputy Director of Transportation Initiatives with Project for Public Spaces.
Roots & Branches: 175 Years of Montana History
Helena, Various locations
Many schoolhouse owners dream of breathing new life into their building, but they just aren’t sure where to start or what to do next. This all-day workshop, funded by a grant from the Historic Preservation Education Fund, will address the basics of preserving small, rural schoolhouses. Using the wood-frame Unionville Schoolhouse south of Helena, and the stone Placer Schoolhouse in Broadwater County as case studies, this event will guide you through the process of assessing your schoolhouse, phasing and prioritization, addressing common problems, and finding resources for your restoration project. Attendees will also participate in a hands-on clean up activity at the Placer School. Lunch included.
The workshop will be led by: Cathy Bickenheuser, US Forest Service Region 1 Preservation Crew Leader; and Dustin Kalanick, (AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C), Restoration Director/Staff Architect fir the Montana Preservation Alliance.
To register online visit our Workshop page or call 406-457-2822.
Participants should meet at 8:45 am on Sept. 10 at MPA Headquarters, 120 Reeder's Alley, Helena.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the most visionary action in our nation’s history to protect our irreplaceable heritage. In honor of this milestone, MPA is planning a Preservation Road Show that will outshine them all. So, grab your walking shoes, hop on the tour bus, and join us next June in Red Lodge, Montana! Ride along with historians, authors, preservationists, archaeologists and tribal experts as we visit ancient rock art sites, historic trails, barns, churches, ranger stations, school houses, downtown storefronts, and more.
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 2012. Chere Jiusto and Christine Brown have dedicated their careers to preserving Montana's historic places, as director and education director with the 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.
Historic Preservation Month Celebration Starts in Missoula
MPA is kicking off National Historic Preservation Month with a fast-paced and fun celebration in downtown Missoula. The event celebrates 100 Years of the National Park Service, 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act, and 27 years of the Missoula Historic Preservation program.
Special guest speakers include Jennifer Buddenborg, Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jennifer will offer a national perspective on the history of preserving heritage places. Kate Hampton of the State Historic Preservation Office will feature slides of shining examples of Great Saves in downtown Missoula. And, MPA's own Chere Jiusto, will present a compelling slideshow featuring 50 years of Great Saves of historic buildings and places across Montana.
The whirlwind one-hour presentation will end with an overview of preservation resources and tools, a quick tour of the Elk’s Building, and photo opportunities at historic Missoula buildings with “This Place Matters” signage. The event is free and open to the public. Brown bag lunches welcome.
Museums Association of Montana Annual Conference
Special guest Mary Anthony, Executive Director of the 1772 Foundation, who is leading a nationwide effort to build revolving funds for historic preservation, will be joined by CTA’s Historic Architect Lesley Gilmore, and Chere Jiusto, Executive Director of the Montana Preservation Alliance, for a workshop on 21st century approaches to preserving historic buildings. Hosted in the Father Oliver room of the fabulous Hotel Arvon. As a bonus, we will tour this former livery stable – Great Falls’ newest hotel in the city’s oldest building. Registration at the door. Suggested Donation to Museums Association of Montana.
Join us for our annual year in review and help us give a hearty round of applause to another inspiring group of outstanding preservationists from across the state! A casual reception with hors d'oeuvers, friends, and more talk of future preservation efforts will precede the ceremony. Open to the public.
Party time in Reeder's Alley June 11, 6 pm to 9 pm! Come on up to Reeder's Alley and check out all the new improvements and fun things happening in the alley. Hike on up to the top of the alley (before the bridge!) to visit with MPA staff, browse our collection of historic barn photography by Tom Ferris, and enjoy a sweet treat!
57th Annual Meeting
Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT
The annual meeting of Montana archaeologists is always an adventure and this year at Chico Hot Springs, organizers have a an excellent line up of workshops, meetings, and even a tour to the amazing Anzick site lined up in this stellar Paradise Valley setting.
Big Horn Resort, Billings
Showcasing the "Magic of Museums" in Montana's Magic City!
State Capitol Rotunda, Helena.
Since 1984, Humanities Montana has honored excellence in the humanities in Montana. In 1995, Governor Marc Racicot and Humanities Montana (then the Montana Committee for the Humanities) conferred the first Montana Governor's Humanities Awards at a ceremony in Missoula. Six Montanans will be recognized during the 2015 Governor’s Humanities Awards Ceremony. Governor Steve Bullock will officiate.
Myrna Loy Center, 15 North Ewing
Join the Montana Historical Society in honoring this year's Historic Preservation Award winners and the properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places during the past biennium. Special guest presenter to be announced. Reception to follow. For more information, visit: http://mhs.mt.gov/shpo.
The Museums Association of Montana will display information about Montana's many excellent arts and culture museums in the State Capitol Rotunda. Please visit and show your support for these amazing institutions.