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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Presentation honors centennial farms and ranches

Monday, March 2, 2020/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags: agriculture , Department of Agriculture , awards , Montana Historical Society , Montana News , award , Historical Society

Helena, MT – The public is invited to attend Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, a free presentation by Montana Historical Society (MHS) Interpretive Historian Christine Brown on Saturday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The presentation is in the MHS auditorium at 225 No. Roberts, Helena. March 14 also is Second Saturday, which is sponsored by Intrepid Credit Union, and features free admission to MHS all day, as well as drawings for door prizes.

Inspired by the diverse and colorful histories of Montana’s centennial farm and ranch properties, Brown’s Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch slideshow presentation will highlight the trials and triumphs of Montanans who established and kept their land in the same family for a century or more. From early Montana miners turned farmers, to single women homesteaders and entire Scandinavian immigrant families, their stories of grit and resourcefulness chronicle the past 150 years of agricultural and community development in Montana. Following the talk, a brief ceremony will honor and present Centennial families in attendance with newly produced Montana Centennial Farm and Ranch roadside signage.

Brown will take the talk on the road this spring while presenting more roadside signs to owners on the following dates.

  • Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the River and Plains Society, Lippard Auditorium, 1205 20th St., Fort Benton.
  • Tuesday, April 21 at Noon, Sheridan County Courthouse, Plentywood
  • Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m., MonDak Heritage Center, 120 3rd Ave., Sidney
  • Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m., Huntley Project Museum, 770 Railroad Hwy, Huntley

Since 2009, the MHS Centennial Farm and Ranch program has recognized our state’s agricultural traditions by celebrating the perseverance and stewardship of Montana families on their farms and ranches. By honoring families who have owned their land for 100 years or more, we help preserve Montana’s strong agricultural roots and the stories and traditions that define our rural communities.

For information about the MHS Centennial Farm and Ranch program, visit Photos available on request.


Christine Brown

Interpretive Historian



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