Settlers’ love of Shakespeare, the clash of Artic grayling and bull trout management, and Black explorers in Yellowstone are a few of the fascinating topics included in the Summer 2020 issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History.
Adam Hodge’s article “The Lady and the Monster: Popular Perceptions and Treatment of Artic Grayling and Bull Trout in Twentieth Century Montana” explains how anglers and the state perceived and treated the two native fishes quite differently. The graylings were revered while the bull trout were vilified. Indiscriminate killing of bull trout in the first half of the twentieth century has led to their current listing as a Montana Species of Concern.
Gretchen Minton explores newcomers’ passion for the Bard in “Shakespeare in Frontier and Territorial Montana, 1820-1889.” Who knew that among Montana’s earliest Shakespeare enthusiasts was mountain man Jim Bridger, who apparently said the character Falstaff was “too fond of lager beer!”
Other articles include Michael Scott Van Wagenen’s contribution “Remembering Yellowstone National Park’s First African American Explorers,” which draws attention to the long-forgotten Black members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition; and James A. Grant discusses how technology impacted the building of Hungry Horse Dam, in “Paul Bunyan Rivaled: Logging and Clearing Montana’s Hungry Horse Reservoir, 1945-1956.”
As always, the issue provides a selection of short book reviews pertaining to recent titles on Montana and Western history.
The magazine is free to Montana Historical Society members, but also is available for purchase at the MHS Museum Store and on newsstands across the Treasure State and region.
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