Montana's Literary Treasures

Welcome to Montana!

We hope you’ll explore the beautiful and sometimes harsh land whose presence is so profound in Montana’s great literature through the eyes of some of our best authors.

Visit the sites that are the settings of famous books, and read the passages that describe this stunning landscape, these storied towns, and Montana lives on our interactive Montana Authors Project map at humanitiesmontana.org.

We hold conversations and presentations across Montana that invite audiences to engage deeply with history, literature, the knowledge of a scholar, a meaningful event or an innovative exhibit, always free and open to the public. We invite you to join us for a thought-provoking Montana conversation. Or perhaps you’ll find a living history presentation that can transport you to the time of early homesteaders, an evening with Teddy Roosevelt, or the life of Calamity Jane. Maybe you’d like to attend an event that teaches how to navigate today’s politicized and saturated media, or you could drop by a history of social dance and try your hand – or feet – at an old-time barn dance. Wherever you are, we hope you discover a new side of Montana through one of our Humanities Montana-sponsored programs.

2017 brings the launch of our newest catalog, Our Current State, which offers compelling discussions of contemporary issues, from the many facets of Islam and the experience of being Muslim in Montana to the place of wildness in Montanans’ lives. Learn from scholars, historians, educators, and artists about the ripple effects of history and policy on reservations, the presence and meaning of our changing and resilient land, the misconceptions and conceptions we hold about Montana and its people, the loss and preservation of Native American languages, and more. Check our calendar to find free events near you.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations, and public issues.

For more information, to find an event, or to use our MAP, visit humanitiesmontana.org.