Instructor: Evan D. Barrett

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 4th to Oct. 25th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

The fascinating history of Montana’s change from a corporate colony to a state with the people in charge. Montana was initially dominated economically and politically by powerful, mostly out-of-state capitalists and corporations. The Anaconda Copper Mining Company (ACM) and its friends ran Montana. Policy was determined in New York City. Control of the press was rigid. Anaconda’s corporate dominance of Montana was unprecedented. For its first 75 years, Montana was a one-company state, unlike any other. But from 1965-1980 winds of change roared across Montana as it ripped off its copper collar. This course covers the beginning of that story.

Class Format: lecture, discussion, Q&A

Readings: No books required. All class content is available on the internet; most of the material can be found on the “Crucible of Change” website

Instructor Bio: Evan Barrett, of Butte’s Highlands College, has spent the last 47 years at the top level of Montana government, politics, economic development, and education, including work for Governors Anderson & Judge, Congressman Williams and Senator Melcher. He currently teaches, produces Montana history film/video programming, and is a regularly published newspaper columnist.


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