Beef FudgePresenter: Mary Murphy

Date: Monday, Nov. 16

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

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: What can the history of food tell us about Montana history? All newcomers brought food traditions with them, and all had to adapt to Montana—high altitude, a short growing season, and long shipping distances. All these factors shaped what people cooked and ate. We’ll look at ways in which natives and newcomers gathered, grew, and cooked food in Montana: what kinds of food, ways they brought it with them, and what food traditions grew along with the state.

Instructor Bio:
Mary MurphyMary Murphy is a Distinguished Professor of History at Montana State University where she teaches the history of American women and the history of the American West. She is the author of Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914- 1941 and Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana. She is currently collaborating on a project: Cooking up the Past: Montana’s Culinary History.

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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 September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust