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Montana Historical Society Program on George Bird Grinnell

Thursday, August 4, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

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

MHS FREE SECOND SATURDAY PROGRAM ON ‘FATHER OF GLACIER PARK’

George Bird Grinnell led the efforts to establish Glacier National Park, founded the first Audubon Society and cofounded the Boone and Crockett Club with President Teddy Roosevelt and is a Montana legend.

For its free Second Saturday Aug. 13 at 1:30 p.m., the Montana Historical Society is teaming with  Humanities Montana to present “The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, Father of Glacier National Park.”

Hugh Grinnell, a distant cousin of George Bird, will present a first person program using “Bird” Grinnell’s own words taken from his field journals, diaries, correspondence, memoirs and editorials to take you on a trip back through Montana history.

The presentation is backgrounded by dozens of 19th century photos, maps, letters to and from famous men of that time, and article excerpts from Forest and Stream.

Hugh Grinnell has a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and since his retirement in 2004 has studied the history of the American West. After discovering an old Great Northern  Railway passenger car named “Grinnell Glacier,” he researched the car’s name and learned that the glacier was named for his famous ancestor.

He has continued to research “Bird” and his family and has written articles and produced DVD’s on the history of the Glacier Park.

Second Saturday is sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, and there will be drawing for door prizes throughout the day. Admission to Montana’s Museum and the Original Governor’s Mansion is free all day.        

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