Celebratory ice cream social, Wine & Culinary Classic among MOR events
Whether you’re a Gallatin Valley local or curious visitor to the area, the Museum of the Rockies is never in short supply of special events to accompany its many exhibits. Here’s a look at some upcoming happenings at our neighborhood museum.
In celebration of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4th, the Museum will host its annual Ice Cream Social at the Living History Farm from 2–4pm. Enjoy cones of delicious ice cream, live music, historic games and crafts, and traditional Fourth of July festivities. The Heirloom Garden will be in full bloom and the Tinsley House will be filled with fun and games as part of this old-fashioned Bozeman tradition. Free and open to the public.
On Saturday, July 13th, MOR presents the 18th Annual Wine & Culinary Classic. Hosted this year at MSU’s Norm Asbjornson Hall, this gorgeous new building will be the site for wine and food enthusiasts from across the country who save this special date to be a part of MOR’s classic benefit event.
Since the dawn of civilization, wine has been the essence of celebration and ceremony, flowing with the times and changing with our cultures. “Time in a Bottle” is this year’s theme, uncorking the rich history and exciting future of the world of wine, from traditional historical vineyards to edgy new players. The event promises to be a festive evening filled with delectable foods from our community’s culinary masters and more than 90 different wines – not to mention a lot of fun! Ticketing and further information can be found on the museum website. Note: This event sells out year after year, so secure your tickets early.
Bozeman Art Museum, a local collective of skilled individuals dedicated to the opening of an official space, presents an evening with sculptor Amber Jean at MOR on Tuesday, July 16th. Beginning at 6:30pm, Jean’s lecture “Carving for the King” will highlight her artistic journey to the kingdom of Bhutan. Open to the public.
Bozeman Art Museum’s mission is to inspire and foster creativity and the love of art through diverse and high-quality exhibits, programs, classes and lectures. It envisions a place where people of all ages can go to experience the transformational power of art.
On Thursday, July 18th, the Extreme History Project Lecture series continues with “Finding Place in Montana: The Post-Civil War Memoir of James Howard Lowell” at 6pm. The talk will be held in Hager Auditorium and is open to the public.
Katherine Seaton Squires will speak to her experience of unearthing her great-great-grandfather’s memoir, a firsthand account of his brutal journey west on a wagon train. She brings this tale to life, a memoir filled with colorful characters, narrow escapes and important historical events, such as the Baker Massacre during her lecture of the same name.
MOR’s annual summer series Hops & History chugs right along with Montana Brewing History, Part II on Tuesday, July 30th with Bozeman Brewing Co. and The Mint Café from 5:30–7:30pm. The story of Montana brewers and their wares continues as attendees explore the first golden age of independent brewers, their downfall during Prohibition and their resurrection in the second golden age we’re still enjoying today. Admission for this 21+ event is $15, plus a $3 souvenir mug charge for new participants – reuse your mug!
Hops & History 2019 will close with the Hops & History Season Celebration at the Living History Farm on August 27th. Stay tuned for details.
Also at MOR, The Real Genghis Khan exhibit is now open. Explore the culture, conquests, and heritage of one of the world’s greatest conquerors, when the treasures and stories of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire are presented in Bozeman for the first time. The Genghis Khan exhibition offers an adventure in the vast grassland of Central Asia, amid the relics of Genghis Khan’s reign.
Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds, and marketplaces of a vanished world. Explore Genghis Khan’s life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak, and decline of the Mongol Empire. View rare treasures with more than 200 spectacular objects on display to illustrate this story, including gold jewelry and ornaments, silk robes, musical instruments, pottery, sophisticated weaponry, and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts.
Accompanying the exhibit, daily live performances by Mongolian artists will feature traditional music and dances. These begin at 12:30pm and 3:30pm through Sept. 2nd in Hager Auditorium. Exhibit tours also run daily at 2:30pm.
For more information about these and other upcoming events, as well as the Museum’s exhibits, visit www.museumoftherockies.org. •