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FALL THURSDAY NIGHT MHS PROGRAMS KICK OFF WITH HUNTING SPOTLIGHT
The Montana Historical Society’s Thursday night series kicks off this year with a focus on its new hunting exhibit and a talk by one of Montana’s best outdoor experts Jim Posewitz.
The noted author, outdoorsman and conservationist, who lent his expertise to MHS’ new “Big Game, Big Stories: Montana Hunting Heritage” exhibit, will present “The Democracy of the Wild” Thursday (Sept. 8) at 6:30 p.m. at MHS.
When colonists came to what they called the New World, they took wildlife as a personal asset entitled to all. They took wildlife and public lands so for granted there was no mention of those rights in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
It was 66 years later that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that by virtue of the Declaration of Independence that the people became the “sovereign,” and the rights and privileges held by kings passed to them. In essence, the king’s deer became the people’s game.
Finding a conservation ethic to protect the people’s rights took longer. Things occurring on the Montana landscape played a big role in developing conservation practices in the nation. Posewitz played and continues to play a role in championing those practices that protect wildlife for all people.
Those who come to the free talk can also tour for free the new MHS hunting exhibit and peruse books in the Museum Store that focus on Montana’s great outdoors.