On February 2, 1865, far-sighted residents of the recently created Montana Territory established the Montana Historical Society, one of the earliest historical societies in the West. The Society immediately began working to preserve Montana’s storied past.

Today its collection includes hundreds of thousands of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, and books that reflect the rich history of the Treasure State. Individually, these items provide fascinating glimpses into the lives of earlier generations of Montanans. Together the stories they tell form a rich tapestry illustrating Montana’s shared heritage.

To celebrate the history of both the Montana Historical Society and the state it serves, the Montana Historical Society has created a new online exhibit, “Appropriate, Curious, & Rare: Montana History Object by Object.” The online exhibit features a select group of objects from the Society’s vast collections. 

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