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MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY CELBEBRATING FIRST 150 YEARS IN STYLE
Charlie and Nancy Russell will be there, and you can join them as the Montana Historical Society wraps up its first 150 years with a gala celebration in the elegance of one on the most famous and exclusive clubs in the history of Montana.
On Saturday evening, Feb 6, at the historic Montana Club in Helena, MHS will take people back in history to when Charlie Russell was Montana’s most beloved citizen and MHS resided in the east wing of the new State Capitol after being created in 1865 in the rugged mining town of Virginia City.
“We want to celebrate in style with a great evening of fun, and we hope folks will join us in a beautiful and historic setting to honor the rich and wonderful history of our great state of Montana,” MHS Director Bruce Whittenberg said.
The “History Worth Celebrating: An Evening with Charlie and Nancy Russell” event is limited to 150 people and will include a sit down dinner in the Montana Club dining room and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the meal in the sixth floor ballroom and the basement Rathskeller Lounge.
After the meal, popular reenactors Raphael Cristy as Charlie Russell and Mary Jane Bradbury as Nancy Russell will reminisce about the Montana they knew with the audience. There will be costumed hosts that will greet guests at the door and mingle with the crowd on all the levels of the Montana Club.
The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet will provide the music for the evening that will wrap up with a gathering in the Rathskeller. The Opportunity Bank of Montana and the Montana History Foundation are helping sponsor the event.
There will be a live auction and a silent auction with items from across the state like an 1894 water color by Philip Goodwin who influenced Russell, a week vacation at Crestwood Condominiums in Whitefish, a personal tour of the Lolo Trail from Lolo Pass to Travelers Rest, a bolo and belt buckle by Montana Silversmith, a special guided tour of the Little Big Horn Battlefield with former battlefield Superintendent Jim Court, and more.
Lewis and Clark Brewery has developed a new winter beer, “Celebrate Montana,” based on early beer recipes researched at MHS that will be premiered at the event.
Tickets for the event are $150 each and are still available by calling 406-444-1799 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a once in a 150 year event. Join us to celebrate Montana’s momentous past and become a part of that history by making some of it yourself in grand Montana style,” Whittenberg said.