President: Renee Christiansen
t. 406 861 8181

Yellowstone Historical Society
P.O. Box 21801
Billings, MT 59104



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Monthly Program
When:January - May, September - November. Third Friday of the Month (check schedule to verify)
Where:Hilton Garden Inn, 2465 Grant Road, Billings, MT

Dinner is served dinner at 6:00 p.m. $20 a person. For reservations, phone (406) 656-2786 no later than the Monday evening prior to the meeting. The free program commences at 6:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Meeting Statement
As with many other activities & meetings you have heard about in the news recently, out of caution and a concern for the health of our members we have decided to cancel the April and May Meetings.

Upcoming Programs & Field Trips

  • Back the the Future with Lewis & Clark (Jan) +
    When: Presenter is John Pulasky with Our Montana. Come learn about the award winning program held every year at City College designed specifically for a Middle-School audience to give them hands on demonstrations of the technologies that members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition used to meet the challenges of their endeavor, as well as the current technologies we use today to accomplish the same tasks.
  • Boothill Cemetery (Feb) +
    When: Feb 21. MSUB Professor Tom Rust and a group of MSUB students recently did an extensive survey of Boothill cemetery (a.k.a. Coulson cemetery) to determine the limits of the cemetery and how many graves may actually be located there. Originally thought to have about 50 grave sites, Rust now estimates there are at least 150 grave sites in the small hill.. He will talk about the methods used to survey the cemetery and some of the preliminary findings. The data collected is still being analyzed.
  • Baker Transfer & Storage (Mar) +
    When: 20.What is “drayage?” Why is “transfer” in the business name? Willard Baker and his son Scott will talk about the history of Baker Transfer & Storage, a Billings business started in 1906 by Willard’s Grandfather Willard Ebenezer Baker.
  • Silent Movies (Apr) +
    When: April 17. This will be an OFF SITE PROGRAM—held at First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 310 North 27th St. Steve Plaggemeyer, acting organist for FCC, will play the theatre organ score for a Laurel and Hardy silent movie. Steve will share info on the history of the organ and his hobby of silent movies. As usual, dinner served at 6:00 pm: program at 6:45.
  • Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (May) +
    When: 15. Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid. Everything you ever wanted to know about the “Wild Bunch” and where afraid to ask. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have been an interest of Historian Nate Murphy to the point he now has the largest “Wild Bunch” photo collection in the world. May is also our annual meeting and election of officers for the coming year.