Gallatin Valley HistoryInstructor: Bill Jones

Dates: Tuesdays; Nov. 3 to Dec. 8 Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Aspen Pointe

Course Info: Class will start with learning about the earliest inhabitants of the region. We will then take a journey with Lewis and Clark, follow the trappers into the Valley, go on to the discovery of gold, the vigilantes, the very early days of Bozeman and the early day settlement of the Gallatin Valley. We will continue progressively through history, ending with a discussion of why we are here, where we might be going and what you see for Gallatin Valley’s future.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: Recommended: Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley by Phyllis Smith

Instructor Bio:

Bill JonesBill Jones is from the Harlowton area and is a fourth generation rancher from the Two-dot Land and Livestock Co. that was founded in 1908. It is under fifth generation management. He attended a one room country school, graduated from Harlowton High School, and matriculated from Montana State University. He has been involved with museums for over 30 years and is the Executive Director at the Gallatin History Museum.

Cost: $75 - member; $110 - nonmember


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