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What's in a Name? History and Wizards at MHS

Friday, October 14, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

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

WHAT’S IN A NAME? FIND OUT AT MHSIN TWO GREAT PROGRAMS

                There is a power in names that can be historical as well as mystical.

                The Montana Historical Society will present two programs on Thursday (Oct, 27) beginning a 5 p.m. with a book discussion on “Wizard of Earthsea,” and followed at 6:30 p.m. with “Montana Place Names: From Alzada to Zortman.”

                Retired MHS Librarian Brian Shovers will lead both programs that share a common theme of what can be learned from the name of a person or place.

                “Wizard of Earthsea” is this year’s “Big Read” book, and the program is in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Library. One of the books most interesting features is the power of learning the true names of things that gives you supernatural power over them.

                “Montana Place Names” is a MHS Press book co-written by Shovers that gives the history of how Montana cities and towns as well as streets and land features got their names. Those who attend are invited to offer their comments on the theme of the night whether historical or whimsical.

                Both programs are free and open to the public.  

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