The Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s People and Place virtual speaker series begins on Wednesday, April 7, 7:00pm, and continues Wednesday evenings throughout April. (The Friends of the YGM Annual Meeting precedes the April 14 program, beginning at 6:30pm.) Participants can register for any or all of the Zoom programs here: Programs are uploaded to museum’s YouTube channel after the live virtual events.

Museum curator Karen Reinhart stated, “we postponed our popular in-person programs last spring so we are excited to offer virtual programs this year, hoping to expand our reach far beyond the borders of Big Sky Country. Each program highlights the stories of Montanans but we suspect there are a lot of people who would enjoy these programs no matter where they live.”

Award-winning author and storyteller Chris LaTray presents the series’ inaugural program on Wednesday, April 7, 7:00pm, with “The Day That Finally Came,” a program about the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. He relays stories to help program attendees understand who the Little Shell people are and their part in the history of North America. Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently became the 574th Indian tribe to be recognized by the United States government, after nearly 150 years of trying. La Tray is Chippewa-Cree Métis, an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and grew up in Missoula.

Author, Yellowstone Gateway Museum Curator, and native Montanan Karen Reinhart presents “Montana Women: Making Do and Making a Difference” on Wednesday, April 14, 7:00pm, following the Friends of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum Annual Meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm. She includes stories of extraordinary Montana women: wives and mothers who served in traditional and non-traditional roles, as well as trailblazers. Images are from the museum’s collections. Participants can join the meeting at 6:30pm or join    the program at 7:00pm.

Author and historian Kelly Hartman presents “A Brief History of Cooke City” on Wednesday, April 21, 7:00pm. Hartman recounts stories from her book of the same title, exploring the stories of this mountain berg’s full-time residents. For more than sixty years, Cooke City, Montana residents waited for rail until a new economy took hold—tourism. Hartman grew up in Silver Gate and was director of the Cooke City Montana Museum before her current work as curator at the Gallatin History Museum.

Paul Shea presents "Livingston and Park County: The Early Years" on Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 pm. He explores the success story of Livingston, Montana and the county as a whole, which rose from a sleepy agricultural area that was once part of Gallatin County to a bustling railroad center and gateway to the world’s first national park. Shea uses historic photos from the Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s collection in his program. He retired last spring as the museum’s director.

Visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for program updates or contact Karen Reinhart, 222-4184 or Register for Zoom programs here:

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