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Cultural History

Cultural History Video Collections

Explore the cultural history of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming with Museum of the Rockies staff and program partners. As a research institution, MOR’s focus is on our collection of historic regional artifacts with the purpose of telling the stories of the people who have lived and continue to live in the northern Rockies.

This video archive includes recorded live stream programs and other educational videos accessible on Museum of the Rockies’ YouTube channel.

Videos are sorted by general topics in cultural including:

  • Cultural History Program (General)
  • Stories Behind the Objects
  • Cultural History Collections
  • Brews & the Big Sky

Videos that fit into multiple topic areas are listed in the most relevant category.

Cultural History Program (General)

That Belongs in a Museum!

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded in 2017  |  Length: 7 minutes
Registrar and Collections Manager for Cultural History Lisa Verwys explains how Museum of the Rockies collects artifacts at the history-themed Bozeman Pecha Kucha event.

Integrated Pest Management with Montana State University Extension

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded in 2019  |  Length: 5 minutes
Assistant Registrar of Cultural History Melissa Dawn describes the IPM tactics that have been put into place at the museum to protect the cultural history collection.

Stories Behind the Objects

Take a close-up look at a Museum of the Rockies artifact in 5 minutes or less!  Brought to you by Lisa Verwys, Collections Manager and Registrar for Cultural History, this series explores the stories behind objects from the museum’s history collections.

Bozeman Fire Department

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded May 14, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
This week, travel back in time 130 years to look at one of the Bozeman Fire Department's earliest uniforms and learn more about firefighting on the frontier.

U.S. Army in Yellowstone National Park

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded May 14, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
Yellowstone National Park was established long before the National Park Service existed. Join us to learn about the role the US Army played in managing the park during its early years.

Bozeman for the Capital

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded May 21, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
What happened when our frontier town through its hat in the ring for the state capital of Montana in 1892? Learn the story of Bozeman’s capital campaign and how it impacted the development of our community.


Montana State University's Dolphins

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded May 28, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
Before Title IX opened doors to varsity sports for women, their options for athletics were limited. Explore the story of one of the more unique sports options for women at Montana State University.

Maiasaura: Montana’s State Fossil

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded June 4, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
Thanks to a dedicated class of sixth-grade students, Montana’s selected a state fossil in 1985. This week explore why Maiasaura was chosen and how the students got the bill passed.

Women's Suffrage

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded June 11, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which is often referred to as the amendment that gave women the right to vote (or women’s suffrage). Explore the fight for suffrage in Montana and how the ability of the people to organize that resulted in this change to the structures of power, governance, and authority. While it is important to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment as a steppingstone toward voter rights and equality, unfortunately, this amendment did not necessarily give all women the right or the ability to vote.

Rudio Autio

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded June 18, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
While Montana may not be known as a contemporary art hub, there has long been an active art scene in our state. Explore one of the artists from MOR’s small art collection, renowned contemporary ceramicist and Butte native Rudy Autio.

Maxi’diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman)

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded June 25, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
Learn about traditional agricultural tools created in 1914 by Maxi’diwiac, also known as Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian. To this day, the methodologies described by Maxi’diwiac continue to contribute to conversations around sustainability, stewardship, and the importance of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge.

Flag Quilt

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded July 2, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
The United States flag can be found reproduced on many types of products. Learn about a patriotic quilt from 1918 and how this piece of Americana reflects many aspects of the time when it was created.

Yellowstone Souvenir Album

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded July 9, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
In the summer of 1959, five friends from Coralville, Iowa took a two-week road trip through the west. Explore a souvenir photo album from their adventures, documenting the tourist experience in the west and in Yellowstone. See Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton from a tourist’s perspective in 1959 alongside modern photographs of these parks.

Battle of the Little Bighorn

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded July 16, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
Explore a set of photographs taken at the 50th-anniversary event of the Battle of the Greasy Grass, also commonly known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn or Custer’s Last Stand. Photographer and historian Elsa Spear Byron took multiple photos of the event, including candid and posed shots of veterans from both sides of the fight, and pictures of the ceremonies that occurred.

World War II Ration Books

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded July 23, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
During World War II, the United States suffered shortages of materials and consumer goods. In May 1942, five months after the U.S. entered WWII, prices were frozen on almost all consumer goods and a ration system was enacted in order to most fairly distribute foods and materials that were in short supply. Take a look at a WWII ration book and explore how stamps from these books could be used to purchase various food items.

Yellowstone National Park Postcards from the Haynes Family

Target Grade Level: All ages  |  Recorded July 30, 2020  |  Length: 5 minutes
From 1884 through 1967, the Haynes family was synonymous with images of Yellowstone National Park. Learn about the Haynes' impact on documenting and advertising Yellowstone National Park to the world during its early years through exploring ​some of MOR's collection of Haynes artifacts, including Haynes postcards and the small bowls used by Haynes' workers to add color to early photographs.


Cultural History Collections

Homesteading in Montana

Target Grade Level: 4 - 6  |  Recorded May 18, 2020  |  Length: 42 minutes
The Homestead Act brought thousands of people to live in Montana. What can museum artifacts tell us about the lives of these pioneers? Find out with Museum of the Rockies Registrar & Collections Manager for Cultural History, Lisa Verwys!

Women's Suffrage in the West

Target Grade Level: 8 - 12  |  Recorded May 11, 2020  |  Length: 35 minutes
The 19th Amendment granting women’s suffrage was passed 100 years ago. Join Lisa Verwys, MOR’s Registrar & Collections Manager for Cultural History, to explore the decades-long fight for suffrage in the western states and the nation.

Crow Fair

Target Grade Level: Adults  |  Recorded May 1, 2019  |  Length: 49 minutes
In the third week of August, the sleepy Montana town of Crow Agency becomes the Tipi Capital of the World, hosting pow wows, rodeos and most importantly a great gathering of families and friends of the Apsaalooke Nation of American Indians. Learn more about the origins of this celebration and homecoming that welcomes thousands of spectators and over 1,000 tipis to southeast Montana.

Silver City to Copper Kingdom

Target Grade Level: Adults  |  Recorded April 3, 2019  |  Length: 48 minutes
The story of Butte, Montana is a classic tale of booms and busts, flourishing immigrant communities, and tragic disasters. This tough and determined community, created by determined prospectors and wily Copper kings, perseveres under the shadow of the headframes and smelters that powered the technological revolution in the United States.

Big Teams in the Big Sky

Target Grade Level: Adults  |  Recorded March 1, 2019  |  Length: 41 minutes
Before the advent of the tractor, farmers and ranchers in Big Sky country relied on true horsepower to till the soil and harvest crops. Join us for a discussion of how humans and their animals worked together to make the northern plains one of the world’s greatest grain and hay producing regions.

Brews & the Big Sky

The Lunatic Fringe Montana and the 19th Amendment

Target Grade Level: Age 21+  |  Recorded April 28, 2020  |  Length: 26 minutes
Registrar and Collections Manager for Cultural History Lisa Verwys celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with a presentation about the fight for voting rights across Montana communities.