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 Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s. Montana transformed from a conservative rural state to a more progressive urban one from the late 1960s through the 1970s, revolutionizing its state government through the adoption of its new constitution and reorganization of its executive branch. Under Democratic governors and legislatures, the state enacted numerous laws to protect the environment, establish a coal severance tax and trust fund, modernize its state institutions, and grant public employees to the right to collectively bargain. Journalist Chuck Johnson will outline the major events of this period, as well as of the more conservative era that followed in the 1980s and 1990s. About the speaker: Chuck Johnson is a Great Falls native who covered most of this era as a journalist, working for 44 years as a state political and government reporter for the Associated Press, Great Falls Tribune, Lee Newspapers and Bozeman Daily Chronicle. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an M.A. in history from the University of Montana and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Montana Historical Society.
OPI Renewal units will be available. Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.