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September 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Archives Building
17 W Quartz St
Butte, MT 59701
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Brown Bag Lunch: Role of Steamboats in Montana History

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, September 11, with a presentation by Evan Kelly. His talk will focus on analyzing and interpreting the important role that steamboats played in the material and cultural changes occurring in Montana from 1859 to 1890. The talk will examine first person accounts from steamboat journeys, beginning with case studies from the fur trade era and the Montana Gold Rush, and continuing through to the start of the railroad era. Discussions will highlight the different ways that steamboats interacted with the environmental and cultural forces in the region. Evan Kelly is a graduate student in the History Department at Montana State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental History and the History of the American West.