First Fridays: Writing History with Laura Nelson

First Fridays continues on October 4th at noon with Laura Nelson.  Her lecture will explore Writing history. A hundred years from now, what stories will be remembered? How will people then know what life was like today? If you’re in New York or L.A. there are media giants recording the daily news. The national stories and international troubles are laid out in detail. But for small towns, in places like rural Montana, the only people telling those stories, the ones who care, are local journalists at small town papers. Laura Nelson leads a conversation about how journalists of the past to help historians understand the events, reactions, and stories that were important in a community and how journalists today write the history future generations will use to understand who they are. Laura Nelson is a freelance journalist currently writing a history of the state’s largest agricultural organization. She’s previously covered rural communities as an award-winning weekly newspaper editor and social media consultant. This event brought to you by a grant from Humanities Montana.  We appreciate all that HM does for our state and society....

BSBPL’s Speak Out Against Censorship

In honor of Banned Books Week, Butte Public Library is holding a Speak Out Against Censorship event on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 pm on the first floor of the uptown branch. Librarians, educators, authors and journalist will all read a passage from their favorite challenged books.  This event is meant to highlight how libraries are at the forefront of your right to read what you want. Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of...

First Fridays: Profiles of African American Montanans

Our First Fridays series continues on September 6 at noon with “Untold Stories of Montana Minorities” by Ellen Baumler Newly emerging stories about the contributions of minority groups reveal a neglected aspect of Montana’s heritage. These stories open a dialogue about minorities in our communities, both past and present. African American, Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish pioneers helped anchor Montana in myriad ways. Each group made lasting contributions and left significant legacies revealing a state history as diverse and as compelling as its topography. The program offers a survey of all or one of these groups, highlighting the hidden histories of each and the roles they played, and continue to play, in building our communities. Ellen Baumler earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in English, classics, and history. She was the Montana Historical Society’s interpretive historian from 1992 until her retirement in 2018. She is an award-winning author of numerous books and dozens of articles on diverse Montana topics, and a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the...

Gardening Series: Seed Saving

Continuing our summer gardening series, John Wallace from NCAT will be here to demonstrate seed saving.  Seed or tuber saving is about saving part of your crop and reusing it the next year.  This allows for the continuation of successful plants instead of commercial purchasing of seeds every year.  It can aid in the success of a crop because only the plants that do well locally can be...

First Fridays: Len Janson from Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race

  First Fridays will continue on July 5th at noon in the Big Butte room.  Len Janson, race director, will be here to speak about Butte 100.  The race will be held here in Butte on Saturday, July 27th.  Come here about the race and how it hopes to impact Butte. For more information about the race, please visit their website at...