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MHS Awards Fellowships to Researchers

MHS Awards Fellowships to Researchers

Tuesday, April 27, 2021/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags: Montana Historical Society , Heritage Center , Montana Heritage Center , History , Heritage museum

Two researchers will use The Montana Historical Society Research Center to delve into history, courtesy of annual fellowships.

Patrick Hoehne from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently was awarded the James H. Bradley Fellowship, which supports academic research that makes a significant contribution to the study of Montana history. Hoehne’s project looks at reframing extralegal activity in the West, through reinterpreting the history of vigilantism in territorial Montana.

“I plan to leverage my skills in geospatial information systems, network analysis, and web development in order to make the history of Montana vigilantism interactive, engaging and accessible,” Hoehne noted.

Hoehne has completed his third year as a PhD student in the University of Nebraska History Department. Bradley Fellows spend three weeks at the MHS Research Center, using its collections to further their research. They also submit an article, based on their research, to Montana the Magazine of Western History, which is published through MHS.

Janice Farkell was awarded the Dave Walter Research Fellowship, which supports Montana resident researchers involved in public history projects. Farkell will spend a week at the Research Center to explore the history of Brady, Montana.

Farkell is a retired school teacher, a volunteer historian for the Conrad and Brady communities, and a fifth-generation resident of the Brady area.

“Recently, I have continued to research and collect Brady history to be shared with my community through the new website Brady Montana History,” Farkell wrote in her application. “The website provides the opportunity to share research links as well as information with people interested in the history of Brady. More importantly, the website provides an opportunity for people to share their memories, photos, and stories while preserving them for the future. It too, has become a community effort.”

For more information, contact Eve Byron, MHS public information officer, at 406/444-6843 or


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