The Montana Historical Society is doing a two-month series called Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons. Each session will be live streamed. This week’s lesson is about Homesteading Boom and Bust. According to Professor Emeritus Robert Swartout, homesteading brought about the greatest single economic and demographic boom in the history of Montana. Swartout will examine the special forces that brought about this boom as well as the unique factors that produced the most dramatic “bust” in Montana’s storied history, before posing this question: Should historians consider the homestead collapse of the early twentieth century the most significant watershed event in all of Montana’s history?. About the speaker: Robert R. Swartout, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of History, Carroll College, Helena, Montana, where he taught both United States and East Asian history from 1978 to 2014. His many publications include Mandarins, Gunboats, and Power Politics: Owen Nickerson Denny and the International Rivalries in Korea (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1980); Montana Vistas: Selected Historical Essays (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1982); and Bold Minds and Blessed Hands: The First Century of Montana’s Carroll College (Helena: Carroll College Press, 2009). In 2006, he received the Outstanding Educator’s Award from the Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees. In early 2013, he was awarded the Governor’s Humanities Award by the State of Montana and Humanities Montana.
OPI Renewal units will be available. Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.