Dates: Tuesdays; Oct. 10–Nov. 14

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim  Congregational Church

July 1, 2017, was the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Dominion of Canada within the British Empire. Although Montana shares 545 miles of border with Canada, Montanans’ knowledge of our northern neighbor is uneven. The first part of the course will provide overviews of Canada’s history, government, Medicare, and role in the two world wars. Following this, the focus will be on the western provinces, especially the plains, their native peoples, including the Métis; major agricultural and urban settlement beginning in the late 19th century; oil, tar sands, and pipelines; and the border itself along 49 degrees north. Throughout the course, there will be coverage of relevant links to Montana.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: required; suggestions for readings will be given in class.

MartinInstructor: Dale Martin teaches history at MSU. Growing up in the Seattle area, a family favorite outing was riding the Canadian Pacific Railway’s steamship Princess Marguerite on day trips to Victoria, B.C.