Featured Exhibit: Many Achievements of Plenty Coups
Alaxchíiahush / Many Achievements (ca. 1848-1932), or Plenty Coups, was a chief of the Ashalaho / Many Lodges (Mountain Crows), which is a clan of the Apsáalooke / Children of a Long Beaked Bird. To become chief, Alaxchíiahush accomplished many war deeds. This exhibit features photographs and text that contextualize the life and deeds of Alaxchíiahush within the context of Apsáalooke history and culture.
Celebrate the College of Forestry and Conservation Centennial by exploring this online exhibit. The exhibit includes histories and images of the department, faculty, student organizations and the famous Foresters’ Ball.
In 1893, when the University of Montana-Missoula was established, it owned no land or buildings. Today the campus has grown to over 120 acres. This exhibit illustrates the history of campus planning and expansion through photographs, maps, plans, and articles.
The first Greek social organizations at the University of Montana-Missoula were founded over 100 years ago. Today the University of Montana-Missoula is home to six nationally recognized fraternities and four nationally recognized sororities. This exhibit features materials from the The Sentinel yearbook, the Montana Kaimin newspaper, UM student scrapbooks, and records that illustrate the history of Greek life at UM.
In the spring of 1904, the first state high school Interscholastic Meet was held on the University of Montana-Missoula campus. The meet brought high school students from across Montana together for athletic and academic competition. This exhibit features photographs, programs, ribbons and other memorabilia that illustrate the history of the meet.
Montana is home to a number of prominent women authors, although their work is often ignored for that of their male peers. The exhibit tells the story of several of Montana’s women writers, using text from their published manuscripts.
Finding children in most archives can be a challenge. This exhibit feature photos, letters, drawings, and books that offer a quick view of the fragmented pieces of children’s lives that remain amongst other family and business papers in the archives.
On May 11, 1910, Glacier National Park was established in Montana. Glacier is the country’s 10th national park, and it preserves 1 million acres of mountains, lakes, and forest. This exhibit celebrates the park’s centennial with a selection of photographs, maps, pamphlets and tourist brochures, as well as short home movies of the park by Walter H. McLeod.
Did early Missoulians prefer to bike, walk, or bus? Who provided carriage and wagon repair? This exhibit features photographs, advertisements and pamphlets that illustrate the various methods of getting to and around Missoula.
In the summer of 1913 the first home economics course was offered at the University of Montana-Missoula. The department offered courses in subjects like household budgeting, textiles, nutrition and interior design until 1989, when it was eliminated. This exhibit features photographs, recruitment pamphlets, and other memorabilia that illustrate the history of the department.
The Homestead Act of 1862 significantly affected the American West. People flocked from the East Coast and Midwest to the Dakotas and the West Coast, but no place was more homesteaded in the United States than the area that later became Montana. This exhibit features a selection of photographs, maps, and pamphlets related to homesteading in Montana.
Patricia Goedicke published 13 books of poetry from 1968-2009 and taught creative writing at the University of Montana from 1981-2003. Goedicke's work often weaves together a broad range of images and themes. This exhibit draws from Goedicke's literary manuscripts to illustrate her approach to poetry as teacher, writer, and critic.
This online exhibit highlights Mike Mansfield’s leadership during his long career in public service through essays about him and through his own speeches and interviews. Mansfield served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1942-1952, in the U.S. Senate from 1952-1977, and as Ambassador to Japan from 1977-1988.
During the first half of the 20th century, orchards were an important part of Western Montana’s economy, particularly in the Bitterroot and Flathead Valleys. This exhibit features a selection of photographs, brochures and pamphlets related to orchards in the region.
Rollin H. McKay, a prominent Missoula commercial photographer from about 1911 through the 1940s, created an impressive catalog of images of Missoula and western Montana’s places, landscapes, people and lifestyles. Not only was he a prolific photographer, McKay was able to shoot action scenes (such as “A Bucker”) using very large, awkward equipment, especially by today’s standards. This features some of McKay’s most iconic images.
Section A, Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), at the State University in Missoula, Montana, was established on October 1, 1918, and ended on December 18, 1918. The Student Army Training Corps was designed to give young men at college across the United States an opportunity to get an education and serve their country at the same time by military training. This exhibit features a digitized SATC scrapbook from a State University of Montana student (now the University of Montana-Missoula) that provides visual documentation of the university campus, Corps housing, officers, classes held outdoors during the influenza epidemic, as well as drills and field work.
In the summer of 1910, a massive wildfire known as the Big Burn engulfed North Eastern Idaho and Western Montana. It extended all the way from Wallace, Idaho, to just southwest of Missoula, Montana. More than 3 million acres of timber were destroyed, and 79 fire fighters were killed. This exhibit features a first-hand account of the fires by a forest ranger, as well as text and images from Northern Montana Forestry Association Records, Mss 034.
Long before Monte, Teddy was the first official mascot of the University of Montana-Missoula. Over time, a total of nine live bear mascots and two costumed mascots have represented UM. This exhibit tells the story of those bears through photographs, news stories and university publications.
In the fall of 1935, the first official student union building at the University of Montana-Missoula opened. Twenty years later in 1955, a larger student union called the Lodge opened. In 1968, the University Center that we know today replaced the Lodge. This exhibit illustrates the history of UM’s three student union buildings and features a selection of photographs, pamphlets, and architectural drawings.
Who founded the first trading post in 1907? Were there many mercantiles or general stores in Missoula and the surrounding area? This exhibit features images and advertisements that illustrate the history of retail in Montana and highlight traders, trading posts, and general stores around the region.
Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in Montana by exploring our online exhibit "Women in Montana Politics." The exhibit showcases the achievements of women throughout Montana who contributed to the advancement toward gender equality from 1882 to the present.
The most effective wartime propaganda strategically harnesses the fears and expectations of an intended audience and make them come alive through carefully chosen images and text. This exhibit features some of the propaganda from World War I that was created by Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and the United States.