Presenter: Dale Martin

 Date: Tuesday, May 3

 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Belgrade Public Library: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Please call Belgrade Library (388-4346).

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.

Two bridges built in the late 19th century on the rail main line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen became integral parts of Scottish history and identity. The first bridge across the Tay estuary was just two years old in 1879 when the central part blew down in a storm, taking with it a passenger train carrying 75 people. In response to this disaster, the bridge over the Firth of Forth, completed in 1890, was designed not just to be strong but also to appear unyielding in all storms. It is “a Scottish icon that is recognized the world over as the most famous of cantilever bridges.”

Presenter Info: 

martinDale Martin teaches history at MSU. The two bridges he will discuss in “Two Bridges of Scotland” combine his overlapping interests in Scotland, industrial and engineering history, railways, and William McGonagall of Dundee, the “greatest Bad Verse writer of his age.”


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