First Fridays: Sumo Wrestling

The library will kick off it Japan: Art, Language, & Culture series with out January First Fridays.  We will explore Sumo Wrestling.  This Japanese sport is highly ritualized and has strong Shinto religious meaning.  We will view a series of documentaries that explore the history, present, and future of the sport. Sumo 101 (National Geographic) Girth, grit and training can bring victory in Japan’s most beloved traditional sport. Sumo wrestling dates back to Shinto ceremonies more than 1,000 years old; its traditions dictate everything from pre-show rituals to the wrestlers’ diet. Ireland’s First Sumo (BBC) Colin Carrot becomes Ireland’s first sumo wrestler at the World Sumo Wrestling Championships in Japan. Little Miss Sumo (Netflix) A female sumo wrestler fights against tradition and stigma to win her place in the...

Japan: Art, Language, Culture

The Carle Gallery will exhibit a collection of Kimonos from long-time Whitehall resident, Keiko Nabb.  Nabb, a native of Japan, has collected family Kimonos for several decades.  The Kimonos will be on display from December 15th through February 29th. In addition to the exhibition in the Carle Gallery, the library will host several events.  Japan: Art, Language, and Culture will feature a series of events including origami classes, beginning Japanese, Japanese Temples, and Japanese crafts.  Below is the full schedule. Friday, January 3rd: Sumo Wrestling: Past & Future.   Sumo 101, Ireland’s First Sumo, & Little Miss Sumo  shown as part of First Fridays at Noon Tuesday, January 14th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 21st: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 28th: Sewn Japanese sketch books at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 4th: Beginning Japanese class at 6:00pm Friday, February 7th: Japanese Internment in Montana as part of First Fridays at noon with Kristjana Eyjolfsson (Fort Missoula) Tuesday, February 11th: Tour Japanese Temples at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 18th: Koi Windsocks at 6:00pm Tuesday, February 25th: Beginning Origami at 6:00pm Saturday, February 29th: Closing Reception at 2:00pm.  Special guests: Erik & Tomoko Rose from the Japan Friendship Club as well as Games & Crafts for the whole...

First Fridays: National Park Adventure

First Fridays Series continues on Friday, December 6 with a screening of National Park Adventure.  The documentary will start at noon on the 3rd floor.  Bring your lunch and your curiosity. One hundred years ago, areas of great natural beauty were declared protected for eternity. A team of modern day explorers take an off trail adventure, through the national parks of the USA, showing the beauty of the parks that is awe inspiring. See a preview...

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....

First Fridays: June 7th CPR & Historic Preservation

On Friday, June 7th, our First Friday series will continue with Lee Whitney and Mary McCormack.  Please join us at noon to hear about these wonderful local programs. Summary: Administrative Director, Lee Whitney, at Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization (CPR) and the Butte-Silver Bow Historic Preservation Officer, Mary McCormick will present an update on the state of historic preservation in Butte.    A brief synopsis of our National Historic Landmark District and the mandates of the local historic preservation ordinance will be provided before we launch into programs  and activities supported by CPR  and/or Butte-Silver Bow to promote and preserve our community’s rich and varied collection of historic buildings and...

First Fridays: Bold Women in Montana History with Beth Judy

Our First Fridays series continues on May 3 at noon with guest speaker Beth Judy.  Judy will inform us about strong women in Montana history. What does it mean to be bold? Beth Judy shares selected stories of the 15+ women in her book, Bold Women in Montana History, to see how some of our Montana foremothers harnessed their own boldness. These women overcame challenges, thought outside the box, adventured, nurtured, built community, and fought. Their stories can inspire and lead us in thinking about our challenges today. These women include Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle; African American homesteader and army cook Annie Morgan; Crow grandmother, author, and culture keeper Pretty Shield; Jeannette Rankin; Butte’s Women’s Protective Union; actress Myrna Loy; rodeo stars Alice & Marge Greenough; Montana state librarian Alma Jacobs; modern artist and rancher Isabelle Johnson; writers Belle and Frieda Fligelman; and accountant and activist Elouise Cobell. This lecture brought to you in part with a grant from Humanities...