Discovering History Together

By Brad Reynolds Clyde Thomas Jr. was never interested in Facebook. He’s the kind of guy that prefers books to the internet. He likes his conversations face-to-face, not through words on a [...]

Evel Knievel

Of all Montana’s celebrities, perhaps no one is more famous than Evel Knievel. The Butte-born stuntman became world-renowned for his death-defying feats, popularized further by toys, merchandise, [...]

JFK in the Treasure State

By Brad Reynolds September 26, 1963 was a hot and sunny day in Great Falls, Montana. Yet neither the heat nor the state’s Republican leanings deterred crowds of roughly 100,000 from coming out to [...]

The Moon

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. In response, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation, announcing his goal of putting a man on the moon by [...]

The Flood of 1964

By Brad Reynolds With centennial celebrations across the Treasure State, 1964 was a year of reflection. Montanans considered their triumphs and tribulations the past 100 years, unaware that [...]

Montana’s Territorial Centennial

By Brad Reynolds May 26, 1964 marked one hundred years since Montana had been incorporated as a territory of the United States. Across Big Sky Country, communities celebrated in a variety of [...]

By Land and By Sea

The 1960s were a decade of scientific ambition. Some of those ambitions—like computer development and the space program—led to enormous scientific achievements. Others decidedly did not. One [...]

The Magic of Television

By Brad Reynolds In the Sixties, the average American household had one TV, the standard screen was 21 inches, and only three channels were available (CBS, NBC, and ABC). Much of the programming [...]