Presenter: Don Walters

Date: Monday, Jan. 25

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

Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane. 

At age 17 Don Walters wished to follow his brother’s footsteps and join the military to help his country. He had to convince his mother to sign the papers allowing him to enlist underage. He was sent to Dachau as a US Army guard for War Crimes Trials. As a young man who had not been out of the state of Wisconsin, being thrust into the realities of the Holocaust and its aftermath changed his life forever.

Don has shared his experiences with teacher groups, high school student groups, and book groups. Due to the popularity of his highly informative and forever shocking experiences, he has created a PowerPoint presentation with follow-up discussion.

Presenter Bio: Don Walters grew up in Wisconsin, joined the army at age 17, and served as a guard for the War Crimes Trials in Dachau, Germany. An artist, coach, and lifelong teacher, Walters in 1968 became a professor at Western Montana University where he was head of the art department, creator of the rodeo club, sponsor of Kappa Pi honorary, and initiator of the Art Mobile, designed to bring art to rural schools. He has traveled widely, especially enjoying his expedition with National Geographic to Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust