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Friday, November 4, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

                Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645  Release: Receipt

MEET SOME MONTANA ‘GHOSTS’ AT MHS FREE SECOND SATURDAY

                Ghosts and history will add spirit to the Montana Historical Society’s November free Second Saturday (Nov. 12).

                MHS Interpretive Historian and award-winning author Ellen Baumler will present “Ghosts of the Last Best Place” at 1:30 p.m. It is based on her new book of the same title, which is another in a series of books that have brought to light mysteries of Montana’s past.

                Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montana’s Museum every second Saturday of the month, which is sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union. Drawings for door prizes and free admission to the Original Governor’s Mansion offer a fun day with family and friends.

                Baumler’s new book focuses on the rough, unforgiving and often vicious nature of the Old West played out in Montana. Early gold boom camps and railroad expansion attracted the good, the bad, and the ugly from across the nation, China and other places.

                Many a soul shed blood under the Big Sky in terrible ways, and some say the spirits of those people still haunt some of Montana’s historic places. Baumler researches the incidents in places where spirits have been reported, and recounts the real history of the place. It’s up to the reader to decide whether reports of supernatural activity are real or not.

                Stories in the new book include a famous cowboy artist who refused to leave his Missoula home, a Browning rancher’s attempts to reconcile with the ghost of a murdered Chinese railroad laborer, and many more from across the state.

                The new book is available in the MHS Museum Store, and Baumler will be available to sign copies of the book after the talk.     

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