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 Industrial Montana. The arrival of railroads to Montana Territory in the 1880s paved the way for the growth of large-scale extractive industries (particularly copper mining), immigration, and urbanization. Paula Petrik will discuss the creation (and long shadow) of Montana’s urban, industrial culture and landscape. About the speaker: Paula Petrik is professor emeritus from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her PhD from SUNY-Binghamton in 1982 and MFA from the University of Montana. She is the author of No Step Backward: Women and Family on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier and co-editor (with Elliott West) of Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950.
OPI Renewal units will be available. Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.