Calendar Of Events » High Noon Lecture Series


Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone

August 17, 2017 — Noon

by M. Mark Miller

In the 19th century, hundreds of women risked being mauled by a bear, scalded in a geyser, or captured by an Indian to see the wonders of Yellowstone Park—and lived to tell their stories. Miller presents the very best of these travelers’ tales selected from his collection of more than 200 first-person accounts of Yellowstone travel. He covers the period between 1872 when the park was established through the Model T era in the 1920s. Yellowstone Park changed dramatically in this period. The presentation describes how developments such as roads, railroads, and hotels altered “the Yellowstone experience.” Miller places travelers’ experiences in context with biographical information, bringing the women’s stories to life in their own words and illustrating them with historic photos.

Sponsored by: D.A. Davidson and Humanities Montana

Bonus pre-lecture performance: Navy Band Northwest Brass Quintet
August 17, 2017 — 11:00 am


Bold Women in Montana History

August 24, 2017 — Noon

by Beth Judy

From the Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle to the stereotype-smashing librarian Alma Jacobs, the eleven women portrayed in this engaging book were indeed bold--breaking down barriers of sexism, racism, and political opposition to emerge as heroines of their time. The third in this Mountain Press's state-by-state series for teen readers, Bold Women in Montana History reveals the feminine side of the Tresure State's storied past. Within these pages are stories of fearless femmes who dared to dream and resolved to take action. Among them we meet Annie Morgan, a Philipsburg homesteader whose mysterious life is only now coming to light; the bronc-riding Greenough sisters, Alice and Marge, who became rodeo stars during the sport's heyday; and Elouise Cobell, champion of Native American rights.


Pork Cake, Beef Fudge and Huckleberry Pie: What Can Food Tell Us About Montana History?

September 21, 2017 — Noon

by Mary Murphy

What can food tell us about Montana history? Montana’s foodways reflect the dynamic relationship between immigrant cultures and new environments. Drawing upon the Montana Historical Society’s impressive cookbook collection, Dr. Mary Murphy, professor in Montana State University’s Department of History and Philosophy, explores the ways in which the serious examination of food dishes up new ways of thinking about our shared past.

Sponsored by: Dave and Lynda Ballard, Joe Dillard, and Stella Fong


Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park

October 19, 2017 — Noon

by John Clayton

Yellowstone is America's premier national park. Today is often a byword for conservation, natural beauty, and a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. But it was not always this way. Wonderlandscape presents a new perspective on Yellowstone, the emotions various natural wonders and attractions evoke, and how this explains the park's relationship to America as a whole.

Whether it is artists or naturalists, entrepreneurs or pop-culture icons, each character in the story of Yellowstone ends up reflecting and redefining the park for the values of its era. For example, when Ernest Thompson Seton wanted to observe bears in 1897, his adventures highlighted the way the park transformed from a set of geological oddities to a wildlife sanctuary, reflecting a nation was concerned about disappearing populations of bison and other species. Subsequent eras added Rooseveltian masculinity, democratic patriotism, ecosystem science, and artistic inspiration as core Yellowstone hallmarks.

As the National Park system enters its second century, Wonderlandscape allows us to reflect on the values and heritage that Yellowstone alone has come to represent―how it will shape the America's relationship with her land for generations to come.

Sponsored by: NorthWestern Energy


Latino America, Latino Montana*

November 16, 2017 — Noon

by Bridget Kevane

Who are Hispanics or Latinos? What is immigration reform? Why should we care? Latinos in America—Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans, and Mexicans—have had a long and important role in the shaping of the United States. Montana is no exception. Learn about our state’s Latino history, which began even before 1889, and about the more recently arrived community of Latinos in the state.

Sponsored by: Buchanan Capital and Humanities Montana


History of Billings’ Parks

December 21, 2017 — Noon

by Elisabeth DeGrenier

Join us to learn the history of Billings’ earliest parks. From North Park to Lake Elmo to Pioneer – WHC Community Historian, Elisabeth DeGrenier, will explore how Billings’ parks were created and share stories of the events and activities they held.

Sponsored by: Bill and Anne Cole


Community 7 TV Schedule: Following the week of the noon-hour lecture, the program will air the next three weekends on Community 7 Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 4pm, and Sunday at 7am and 4pm. Programs are streamed live online at