The Real West: Farming and Ranching Families of the Yellowstone Valley

May 12 – August 19

The photographs and oral history quotes featured in this exhibition present a personalized view of farming and ranching in the Yellowstone River Valley from 1880 to the 1940's.  The thirty individuals featured in the exhibition experienced life in the Yellowstone River Valley as dryland and irrigated farmers, livestock ranchers, and homemakers.  Presenting their own reminiscences and family photographs, the exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the world of rural Montana during the first half of the twentieth century.

The photographs and oral history quotes originate from a two year oral history project of the Western Heritage Center, Billings, Montana.  From 1993 through 1995, the Western Heritage Center community historian conducted interviews with farming and ranching families of the Yellowstone River Valley.  The interviews focused on the region's history from 1880 to 1940.  Several of those interviewed allowed the Western Heritage Center to make copies of their family photographs.  These interviews and family photographs form the basis for The Real West: Farming and Ranching Families of the Yellowstone River Valley.


The Biggest Game in a Small Town: Photographs of High School Football in Montana and Wyoming by Morgan Tyree

August 25 – December 30

Photographer Morgan Tyree, of Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, has traveled the remote two-lane highways of Montana and Wyoming to document high school football games in small town America.  Tyree has traveled from Wibaux to Noxon, from Lima to Sunburst, and in the past two years, he has photographed football action in Bridger, Wilsall, Harlowton, Denton, Belt, and Reed Point, Montana.  In Wyoming, he recently travelled to Upton, Meeteetse, and Burlington.  Morgan Tyree is passionate about football and photography. His color photographs document a rite of passage on autumn weekends for families in rural Montana and Wyoming.