Location: BELGRADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This program will examine little known connections between science and mountaineering. Scientists directed the formation and initial acceptance of mountaineering as a sport. Alpinism, in turn, fundamentally transformed the nature of scientific research. Presenter Michael Reidy will tell stories of the lives and work of some of the most recognized scientists in the nineteenth century, demonstrating the reciprocal nature of advances in mountaineering and gains in science.

Reidy MichaelInstructor: Michael Reidy is the Michael P. Malone Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy at MSU. He is the author of Tides of History (Chicago, 2008) and co-author of Exploration and Science (2006) and Communicating Science (2004). He is also the general editor of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project and co-editor of a volume on Tyndall entitled The Age of Scientific Naturalism (2014). His research focuses on how the advance of mountaineering changed the practice of science in the nineteenth century.

NOTE: Belgrade offerings have different registration requirements.

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Registration: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during open hours:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. to Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.



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