Penultimate Brews, Extreme History of the Apsáalooke at MOR
A destination for the Gallatin Valley’s curious minds, the Museum of the Rockies is never in short supply of public events to accompany its many exhibits. Here’s a look at some upcoming happenings at your neighborhood museum.
Museum of the Rockies’ popular series Brews & the Big Sky: Montana Made, Montana Brewed continues with Silver City to the Copper Kingdom featuring Muddy Creek Brewery and Pizza Campania on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30–7:30pm. There is a $12 admission including beer tasting, gallery talks, exhibits, and light appetizers for those 21 and older.
The story of Butte, Montana is a classic tale of booms and busts, flourishing immigrant communities, and tragic disasters. This tough and determined community, created by determined prospectors and wily Copper kings, perseveres under the shadow of the headframes and smelters that powered the technological revolution in the United States.
All good things must come to an end. The Brews season will close with Crow Fair featuring Thirsty Street Brewing Co. and the Mint Cafe on April 30th.
MOR has supported the Extreme History Project Lecture Series since 2012 with the goal to encourage public understanding of the way our history has shaped our present. Speakers take a fresh look at interesting historical topics. “Exploring the Apsáalooke People & Stories of Crow Fair – The Tipi Capital of the World” with Shane Doyle and John Zumpano is next up on Thursday, March 28th at 6pm. The lecture will be held in Hager Auditorium and is open to the public.
For over a hundred years the Apsáalooke people have celebrated Crow Fair at Crow Agency, Montana. Originally started by a government agent as an agricultural fair, it slowly was transformed by the tribe into something more to their liking; a giant, week-long reunion of friends, family and visitors. Mile-long daily horseback parades, day and night dancing contests, thrilling rodeos, Native veteran color guards, rousing drum groups, a vast tipi camp and a cornucopia of tribal regalia present a fascinating immersion in the lifestyle and traditions of Crow people. The presentation will explore this celebration of Northern Plains indigenous culture often called, “Tipi Capitol of the World” with Zumpano’s compelling photos and Doyle’s insightful commentary and songs.
Looking to next month, Junior Archaeology Family Day is set for Saturday, April 6th from 10am–noon. Celebrate Montana Archaeology Month with MOR, Project Archaeology, and other program partners. Elementary and middle school explorers are invited to earn an official National Park Service Junior Archaeologist badge by completing activities throughout the museum. Help unlock secrets of the past through human artifacts with a variety of hands-on activities and dig deep into Montana’s rich history. Activities are included with museum admission.
Enjoy two new exhibits at MOR! Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration explores the history of children’s books from the turn of the century pen and ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems. Mindbender Mansion features puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers.
For more information about these events and other Museum exhibits, visit www.museumoftherockies.org or call (406) 994-5257. •