‘No Ordinary Time’ history conference set for Sept. 22-24

from the Montana Historical Society

1942 "V for Victory" work party of Italian detainees

The Montana Historical Society presents the 38th annual history conference “No Ordinary Time: War, Resistance and the Montana Experience” in Missoula, September 22-24, 2011. For information, including a brochure and an online registration form, click here.

From the time of the First Peoples to the present day, conflict has always been part of the Montana story. Join us in Missoula for the 38th annual Montana History Conference where we will explore the role of warfare in traditional Native American culture, the contributions that Montanans have made to our nation’s wars, the impact that those wars had on life in the Treasure State, and the efforts of those who fought to resist armed conflict. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWII, conference highlights will include sessions on, and a visit to, Fort Missoula, an internment camp for Italian detainees and Japanese-American citizens.

  • Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Missoula-Edgewater, 100 Madison St., Missoula.
  • Pre-conference opportunity: The Montana Preservation Alliance will be hosting its Preservation Excellence Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Florence Hotel, 111 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula. For more information visit http://www.preservemontana.org/or call 406.457.2822.
  • Post-conference tour: Fort Missoula. The tour will cover the fort’s colorful 134-year history while highlighting its ADC (Alien Detention Center) features and the two museums now located onsite.

As a long-time member of the Montana Historical Society, I received a brochure about this conference several days ago. I wish I could attend. What an exciting opportunity for teachers, students and historians who can make the trip.


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Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of the recently released Bears; Where they Fought: Life in Glacier Park’s Swiftcurrent Valley, a glimpse at the dramatic history of the most beautiful place on Earth. A Natural Wonderland… Amazing Animals… Early Pioneers…Native Peoples… A Great Flood… Kinnickinnick… Adventures… The Great Northern Railway.

“Give a month at least to this precious reserve.  The time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and will make you truly immortal. — John Muir, “Our National Parks,” 1901

2 thoughts on “‘No Ordinary Time’ history conference set for Sept. 22-24

  1. I didn’t know we locked up Italians in WWII!

    So why didn’t we lock up Germans? Probably because there were too many and they’d been her long enough to be respectable.

    The dark underbelly of history is so important to remember.

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