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The MonDak Heritage Center Announces Profiles of African American Montanans by Ellen Baumler


November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Ellen Baumler

The MonDak Heritage Center announces Profiles of African American Montanans by Ellen Baumler on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center, 120 3rd Ave SE, Sidney. With a knack for making history personal, Baumler, an author and interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society, explores the stories, struggles, and accomplishments of some of Montana's African Americans. African Americans, small in numbers in Montana, nevertheless have a rich and varied history in this state that has been largely unexplored. These pioneers came with the very first waves of frontier settlers seeking new opportunities. This compelling program chronicles the lives and contributions of more than 20 African American families and individuals through historic photographs, headlines, art, and architecture. The program touches upon the legacy of slavery, the segregation and subsequent integration of Montana schools, other laws relating to minorities, and African American culture in Montana. FREE to the public. Sponsored by Humanities Montana. This is the fifth and final program in the Cultures of Montana series for Hometown Humanities. For more information contact MDHC at (406) 433-3500 or visit Look for other upcoming Hometown Humanities programs in December and in the new year.


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