The best way to learn about history and historic preservation is to see where it happened!

Every other year MPA immerses about 100 participants in the history and cultural heritage of one of Montana's many fabulous regions. For three days, an intrepid group of historians, preservationists, archaeologists, tribal experts, and authors hop on the bus with you to visit everything from ancient rock art and archaeological sites to depots, barns, mining ruins, churches, Missouri Breaks homesteads and more. A few afternoon talks and dinner lectures round out this comprehensive conference that seeks to weave in as much of the humanities as possible!

To learn more, take a look at highlights from one of our last three Road Shows.

2016 Road Show

2014 Road Show

2012 Road Show -- Dillon and Southwest MT

The 2012 Path Less Traveled: Montana Preservation Road Show was held May 31 to June 1, 2012, based in Dillon, MT. The traveling workshop featured full and half day historic preservation tours around Southwest Montana, select lectures, and a wood window preservation workshop.

Please follow the links below to read, watch, and learn more about the 2012 Road Show.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Breakfast Lecture: Montana Revisited by Dr. Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University

All Day Tours

Evening Lecture: Global Perspectives on Historic Preservation by Frank Matero, Director, Architectural Conservation Lab at University of Pennsylvania.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Breakfast Lecture: Finding the Path to Success in Heritage Tourism by Amy Jordan Webb, Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Half-Day Tours

Downtown Dillon

University of Montana Western: Roe House and Main Hall Restoration

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns

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Afternoon Lecture: Saving Cultural Landscapes in the West by Barbara Pahl, Vice President, Western Field Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Afternoon Panel (video): Caring, Sharing, and Lighting the Flame of Awareness
Panelists Carroll Van West, Preservation Program Director of Middle Tennessee State University, USFS Archaeologist Carl Davis, Historic Architect Jim McDonald, Gallatin National Forest Archaeologist Marcia Pablo, Professor Frank Matero, and Barbara Pahl of the National Trust discuss the history of the preservation movement in the West and how to encourage and better engage the public to preserve and protect Montana's heritage.

Quick Peak Tour: Former Montana Children's Home Campus Tour


Saturday, June 2

Barns of Southwest Montana Program

Barns of Southwest Montana Photos

Historic Wood Window Workshop with Pete Brown of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office and Kirby Matthew and Cathy Bickenheuser of the USDA Forest Service Historic Preservation Team.