Gallatin Valley HistoryInstructor: Bill Jones

Dates: Tuesdays; Nov. 3 to Dec. 8 Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Aspen Pointe

Course Info: Class will start with learning about the earliest inhabitants of the region. We will then take a journey with Lewis and Clark, follow the trappers into the Valley, go on to the discovery of gold, the vigilantes, the very early days of Bozeman and the early day settlement of the Gallatin Valley. We will continue progressively through history, ending with a discussion of why we are here, where we might be going and what you see for Gallatin Valley’s future.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: Recommended: Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley by Phyllis Smith

Instructor Bio:

Bill JonesBill Jones is from the Harlowton area and is a fourth generation rancher from the Two-dot Land and Livestock Co. that was founded in 1908. It is under fifth generation management. He attended a one room country school, graduated from Harlowton High School, and matriculated from Montana State University. He has been involved with museums for over 30 years and is the Executive Director at the Gallatin History Museum.

Cost: $75 - member; $110 - nonmember


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