U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities National Gathering – MSU Public History Lab Showcase

By Jacey Anderson “I remember when we were fleeing from the war, we would hold our mom’s apron and she would hold our finger so we wouldn’t get lost walking through the night.” ~Bernardo Belloso, on viewing a photo from the Project Solidarity “Flow” exhibit It was a humid October Sunday in Philadelphia and the … More U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities National Gathering – MSU Public History Lab Showcase

Winning WHA’s “Best Graduate Poster” Award – The Woes of Wordy Historians

By Jen Dunn I submitted a poster for the Western History Association conference this fall on my research on the Superfund communities of Butte and Libby, MT.  I mean, how hard can it be to create a poster?  Turns out, it’s very hard (at least for me).  Historians love words.  And they really love their … More Winning WHA’s “Best Graduate Poster” Award – The Woes of Wordy Historians

Local Committees of Montana: Hanging “Big” Johnson and the Gallatin County Re-Entry Program

By Adam Negri In the spring of 1866, Leander W. Johnson, also known as “Big” Johnson, was spotted by two residents of Deer Lodge driving a number of cattle towards Blackfoot City. This likely would not have aroused suspicion of any passerby if, however, the citizens of Deer Lodge valley had not been keeping a … More Local Committees of Montana: Hanging “Big” Johnson and the Gallatin County Re-Entry Program

History Courses Being offered at Montana State University Fall 2018

The department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University is offering a slate of interesting and engaging courses this upcoming Fall. Before you register for classes, be sure you know all your possibilities! (note that some courses have prerequisites)   HSTA 101: American History 1 History of the colonial world of the Americas and … More History Courses Being offered at Montana State University Fall 2018

The Environment, the Body, and the Poisoned Arctic Ocean: Observations on Marla Cone’s Book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poisoning of the Arctic

By Marley McLaughlin In the early 2000s, researcher and journalist Marla Cone published a book unlike anything the field of environmental history could have predicted; her book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poising of the Arctic, cites that over 67 tons of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) along with other “Dirty Dozen” so-called legacy mass contaminants (DDT, miradex, … More The Environment, the Body, and the Poisoned Arctic Ocean: Observations on Marla Cone’s Book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poisoning of the Arctic