Wonderlust and Belgrade Community Library are working together to bring exciting programs to our community. The first program of the series of three, Bannack to Bakken: 150 Years of Boom in Montana, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on February 19. First Interstate Bank is underwriting the program. Only twenty-five tickets will be available, so call the library soon to reserve your ticket!
Wonderlust is a group of people dedicated to developing and promoting lifelong learning experiences in the Gallatin Valley. Partnering with the Belgrade Community Library, they will be offering the first programs outside Bozeman, and the first programs to be held in the evenings. The programs are free, and the community is invited.
This program will cover themes and examples of the recurring episodes of resource-based boom and bust, from gold and silver to cattle and wheat to coal and oil. Communities and landscapes in Montana experienced rapid changes and decades of unanticipated aftermath due to events and trends far beyond the territory and state, such as changes in technology, distant markets, and world wars.
Presenter Dale Martin is an instructor in history at MSU-Bozeman, teaching courses in the history of Montana, technology, and the First World War. Living in Butte in the 1980s, he witnessed the tumultuous hopes and disappointments of a mining town. Both he and Merle Haggard “wish a buck was still silver.”