Presenter: Dale Martin

  • Date: Monday, May 22
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

In Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wolf Willow, and Recapitulation, Wallace Stegner wrote about how his childhood and adolescence shaped the man he became. To the places he lived and to parental influences he ascribed “the prejudices I wear like dishonorable scars, … the virtues I respect and the weaknesses I condemn….” This presentation will look at the self-assessment of a thoroughly self-examined man.

Sid trip participants will be invited to reflect on one or two clear lessons they learned growing up in a particular place.

Dale MartinDale Martin teaches history at MSU-Bozeman. He has lived in and visited many places in Stegner country, including Seattle and Redmond, Washington; Eastend, Saskatchewan; Salt Lake City; and Great Falls.


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