Montana and the West During the Civil War


PRESENTER: Dale Martin, Montana State University History Department

PART 1: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

PART 2: Tuesday, March. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade, Montana


MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 20 Image 0001Part 1: Civil War in the East and Precious Metals in the West
Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

While battles between uniformed Union and Confederate forces in the West were very rare, there were other, much larger influences and consequences of the Civil War across the West. The mining of gold and silver in half a dozen states and territories, including Montana, was vital to U.S. government finances. In contrast, the Confederacy did not have access to significant amounts of precious metals. Thus, many in the West feared that Confederate forces or sympathizers would try to seize mines or shipments of gold and silver. Join us to explore little known connections between the Civil War in the East and the metal-rich West.



MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 20 Image 0002Part 2: The Civil War and American Indian - Settler Relations in the West
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Wartime circumstances increased tensions and violence between Native Americans and settlers protected by the distracted U.S. government. The replacement of federal regular troops in the West by volunteers from California and the territories resulted in especially brutal actions toward the Indians, including several notorious massacres and campaigns. A revolt by the Dakota (Sioux) in Minnesota in 1862 led two years later to battles and skirmishes just east of Montana Territory. Discover the ripple effects of the Civil War in Indian-settler relations across the West.




COST: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during    open hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon–Thur.; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.


Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library


The Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank. This Lecture Series will address two general topics, with two lectures per topic. Each lecture is designed to be self-contained, so interested persons are invited to register for individual lectures.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust