My Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

2017

Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m., Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman, Montana: “Mountain Men Discover Wonderland,” History and Stories of the first Euro-Americans to see the wonders of the area that became Yellowstone National Park.

Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m., Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman, Montana: “An Ursine History of Yellowstone Park,” Descriptions of how humans and bears interacted in Yellowstone Park from the mountain man era (hunting for meat) through early settlement (hunting for sport) to today (hunting with cameras)

Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m., Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman, Montana: “Fun With Hot Springs and Geysers,” Stories of Yellowstone tourists dumping rubble into Old Faithful to see what would happen, cooking fish live on the hook in hot springs, and soaping geysers to force them to play.

August 17, Western Heritage Center, Billings, Montana: Sidesaddles and Geysers.

 


PAST EVENTS


2016

Oct 20, MEA/MFT Annual Conference, Helena, Montana: “Using Historical Fiction to Teach Multiple Subjects.” (With Susan Backer). A Description of how to use a book to develop lessons in history, geography, literature, etc.

September 8, 7:45 p.m., Aspen Point Senior Living, Bozeman: “An Ursine History of Yellowstone Park: Stories of People and Bears.”

July 21, Cooke City Museum, Cooke City, Montana: “An Ursine History of Yellowstone Park: Stories of People and Bears.”

February 11, Friends of the Meagher County Library, White Sulphur Springs: I’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers.


2015

November 5, Park County Senior Center, Livingston:  I’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers.

August 8, Cooke City Museum: I’ll present a new program titled “Mountain Men Discover Wonderland” and  read selections from my latest books at this wonderful little museum that celebrates the colorful history of this 150-year-old mining town on the northern edge of Yellowstone Park.

June 19, 8 p.m., Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park: I’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers.

May 20, noon, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming: I’ll be a luncheon speaker at the annual membership meeting of Buffalo Glas at the Center of the West. I plan to speak on early women travelers to Yellowstone Park with a focus on Wyoming women.  The event will include a book signing for Adventures in Yellowstone, The Stories of Yellowstone, and Macon’s Perfect Shot.

Saturdays between February 7-March 14, 9:30-11 a.m., Community Room, Gallatin County Courthouse (311 West Main, Bozeman): I’ll be teaching my course, “Early Travel to Yellowstone Park,” under the auspices of The Gallatin History Museum. The course will be free for museum members and $5 at the door for others (good for admission to the museum). The course will cover Yellowstone Park history from the time mountain men discovered the wonders there through the Model-T era. I will bring this history to life by reading from my collection of more than 300 first-person accounts of travel to the park and showing historic photographs.

March 11, 6 p.m., Museum of the Rockies, BozemanI’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers,” as part of the Gallatin History Museum Speakers Series.

2014

December 14, 1-4 p.m., Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman: Local Author Book Signing. Local authors will be on hand to sign and sell great regional books for a benefit fundraiser for the museum. A dozen of the area’s best authors including Jim Moore, Paul Wylie, William S. Hoy, M. Mark Miller, Denise Malloy, Kim Allen Scott, Paul Shea and Emily Copeland.

November 7, noon, Bozeman Senior Center: The Senior Center has asked me to be their luncheon speaker for their celebration of Montana Day. This year is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Montana Territory and the 100th anniversary of the state granting women the right to vote.  I’ll focus my remarks on women suffrage and tell the story of Marian McAdow, who some say almost persuaded delegates to Montana’s first constitutional convention in 1889 to make Montana the first state to have women suffrage.

November 16, 3 p.m., Country Bookshelf Bozeman: I’ll be reading from my two new books at Montana’s largest independent bookstore.  The Stories of Yellowstone, an anthology of Yellowstone adventures, which is due from Globe Pequot Press on November 1, and Macon’s Perfect Shot, a mid-grades novel about a boy’s trip to the park in the 1870s, which was published in September.

October 8, 7 p.m., Gallatin History Museum, 317 W. Main, Bozeman: Launch Party for Macon’s Perfect Shot. Readings from my new middle-grades novel at the location where the stories that inspired it were discovered.

September 22, 7 p.m., Bozeman Public Library Community Room: I’ll join area authors in Bozeman Reads Banned Books. When organizers asked me to participate, I told them I wanted to read from one of the classics, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Captain Underpants. I’m delighted that they asked me to read from Dav Pllkey’s Captain Underpants, which was the most challenged book in America last year.

September 26, 7 p.m., Huntley Project Museum, Huntley, Montana: I’ll present “Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone” at this marvelous museum that tells the story of how a Bureau of Reclamation project transformed dry land into rich farms in the early 1900s.

EASTERN MONTANA TOUR:  I’ll be making my Humanities Montana presentation, “Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone,” at three different places in August. I’m really looking forward spending time in a section of Montana that I’ve never seen before and visiting some great museums.

 August 9, 6 p.m., MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, Montana

• August 12, 7:30 p.m., Wibaux Museum, Wibaux, Montana

• August 14, 7 p.m., Range Riders Museum, Miles City, Montana.

July 12, 7:30 p.m., Cooke City Museum, Cooke City Montana: I’ll present “Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone” in a town just outside the northern border of Yellowstone National Park. Gold was discovered at Cooke City in 1870 and prospectors had to cross the park to sell their product and buy supplies so the town history is deeming intwined with the park.

April 24, 7:30 p.m., Aspen Point, Bozeman. “Discovering Wonderland.” For my fourth presentation at Aspen Point, I’ll be focusing on the period between 1807 when mountain man John Colter became the first white man to visit the area that become Yellowstone National Park until 1870 when the Washburn Expedition convinced everybody that the wonders there weren’t just tall tales.


2013

October 9, 3 p.m., Aspen Point, Bozeman.  “The Montana Gin Marriage Law of 1935.”  For two months in the Summer of 1935 it was nearly impossible to get a marriage license in Montana. The reason was a stringent law that the Montana Legislature passed in hopes keeping people who might have defective children from marrying.  Doctors refused to sign the health certificates the law required and without them county clerks could issues marriage licenses.  This led to efforts to get around the law and to get it repealed.  The presentation will tell the story of the Montana Gin Marriage Law.  It is free and open to the public. Read about an earlier presentation on the topic.

Aug. 10-11, 17-18 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m: Book Signing at Old Faithful Inn. I’ll be signing copies of Adventures in Yellowstone for two weekends in August at the world famous Old Faithful Inn.  

July 20, 5 p.m.,Yellowstone Historic Center, West Yellowstone,Montana.  I’ll be speaking at the Twelfth Annual Heritage Celebration.  The topic will be “All Roads Lead to West Yellowstone”.

Jan. 30 – March 6: Early Travel to Yellowstone Park: A Wonderlust Course sponsored by the Montana State University Extended University. The class will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning on Jan. 30 at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 West Graf Street. Each session will explore a period of Yellowstone travel beginning with mountain man era in the early 1800’s and ending with the Model T era a century later.


2012

September 28, 9:30 a.m., Pioneer Museum of Bozeman: “The Montana Marriage Ban of 1935.” (Part of the Gallatin Historical Society Fall Lecture Seres.) In hopes of preventing hasty marriages and birth defects, Montana Legislature passed a law in 1935 requiring couples to wait three days before getting married, and to obtain a health certificate from a doctor stating they were disease free and wouldn’t have defective children.  However, when doctors refused to sign the certificates, Montanans discovered there was no way to marry.  They searched for ways to circumvent the law rushed to gather signatures to have it repealed. Based on my extensive research, I will tell the tales of efforts to circumvent the little-known law and get it repealed.

September 15, 9:30 a.m., Pioneer Museum of Bozeman: “The Nez Perce in Yellowstone 1877.” (Part of the Gallatin Historical Society Fall Lecture Seres.) I will discuss the research I’ve been doing for my next book, Encounters In Yellowstone 1877, and tell the stories of tourists who tangled with Indians there. Included will be Emma Cowan’s chilling tale of being taken captive and Andrew Weikert’s account of his blazing gun battle.

August 25-26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.,  Yellowstone National Park: Book signing  for Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales in the lobby of Old Faithful Inn.  Read about my book signing at the Inn August, 2011, here.

August 10-11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.,  Yellowstone National Park: Book signing  for Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales in the lobby of Old Faithful Inn. Read about my sighing at the Inn last July here.

May 19,  1 p.m., Jefferson Country Museum, Clancy, MT: “Sidesaddles and Geysers.”

MAY 9, 3-4 p.m., Aspen Point, Bozeman: Smart Women asked me back for another presentation.  I’ll talked on the topic, “The Summer of 1877: The Nez Perce in Yellowstone Park.”  You can read about my presentation to Smart Women in 2011.

April 29: Sheridan, Montana: I’ll reprisd Sidesaddles and Geysers” at the Sheridan Public Library where I presented a couple of years ago. I’ve found lots of good stuff since then so it was fun to assemble a whole new program.

April 25, Eureka Montana: Under the auspices of the Sunburst Foundation, I’ll present my Humanities Montana Program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers” — to schools in the afternoon and to the public in the evening.  I make the presentations distinct so students will be able to enjoy both shows.

April 24, 6:30 p.m., Troy Montana: I’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers,” at Troy under the auspices of the Lincoln County Libraries.

April 12, 6 p.m.: Big Sky, Montana Book Awards Reception: Awards ceremony in the Madison Room of Huntley Lodge for winner the 2011 winners of the Montana Book Award and Honor Books.  I enjoyed meeting the authors. You can read about the winner and honor books here.

March 24, Ennis Public Library:  Humanities Montana presentation, “Sidesaddles and Geysers.” I gave it local flavor by talking about the town’s founder, William Ennis, who took his family to see the geysers in Yellowstone Park in 1873s.

March 6, 6:30 p.m., Danforth Gallery, Livingston: Humanities Montana presentation, “Sidesaddles and Geysers.” i localized it by taking about the Livingston Northern Pacific Depot and Bottler’s Ranch.

January 1 & 2, 7 p.m., Snow Lodge Gift Shop: Yellowstone National Park — I’ll launch 2012 at the Snow Lodge near Yellowstone Park’s famous Old Faithful Inn on January 1 and 2.  I’m planning a different program of readings from my collection of tales of early travel to the park each evening.  Also, I’ll be available to sign copies of my book, “Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales.”


2011

August 20-21, Yellowstone National Park: Book signing  for Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales in the lobby of Old Faithful Inn

July 23-24, Yellowstone National Park: Book signing  for Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales in the lobby of Old Faithful Inn.

June 17, 8 p.m., Beavertail State Park: Presentation of my Humanities Montana Program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women’s Adventures in Early Yellowstone.” The presentation will be part of a 12-week series on Women in Montana History.Beavertail Hill State Park is 26 miles south east of Missoula off Interstate 90.

April 6, 7 p.m., Hardback Cafe, Hastings Bookstore, Billings: I’ll talk about the 2010 Montana Book Awards. If you’re in Billings for the Montana Library Association Meeting (or any other reason),  stop by for your favorite beverage and discussion of some great new books.

April 7, 6-7:30 p.m., MSU Billings Library: I’ll be a presenter for the Montana Book Award at and author reception during the annual Montana Library Association Conference.

April 9, 10:45-12:15, Prospector Room, Billings Convention Center:  I’ll be a panelist for “Rousing Reads,” a discussion of books considered for the Montana Book Award during the annual Montana Library Association Conference in Billings.

April 12, 7 p.m., Country Bookshelf, Bozeman: Presentation on “The Best Montana Books of 2010.  I’ll be discussing the winner and honor books chosen for the Montana Book Award.  For more information and my reviews of the books, select “Montana Book Award” under “Categories” on the right side of this page.


2010

Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m., Manhattan Museum: Book singing during the Manhattan Christmas Stroll.

Nov. 15, Helena Education Foundation: “Great Conversations,”  leading a dinner table converstation titled  “Nineteenth Century Adventures in Yellowstone Park.”

June 26, Get Published Speaker: “Finding Stories and Digging Up Details.”  Presentation to a Writing and Publishing Conference at C’Mon Inn in Bozeman.