Makoshika State Park Campfire Program: “Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow” -Saturday, August 5 at 7pm
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: August 1, 2017

(Glendive, MT) – Montana State Parks ( invites you to attend the Makoshika State Park Campfire Program, “Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow” with storyteller Hal Stearns at Makoshika State Park on Saturday, August 5 at 7pm.

Montana is a state of extremes, from high mountains to great plains. Half the population lives in just five communities and another third lives in just 10 others. After the big ones, the remaining 134 incorporated towns are often unique, often overlooked, and all small, yet personify so much of the Big Sky. These small towns were built around gold, coal and oil, timber, cows and sheep, early trails, roads and rails. But time brings change. Why do some smaller towns hang on while others drift away? A few invent new roles and others reinvent themselves. Should we care? A discussion helps us understand the small places that are a big part of the Montana story.

An educator for 34 years, currently Hal is an instructor for the University of Montana’s Lifelong Learning Institute and Humanities Montana. He has a particularly fond interest in sharing his passion for Montana and the West and education with community members, students, teachers and administrators. He has led tours coast to coast and lectured in over 40 states, Germany, England, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

For more information, call the visitor center at (406) 377-6256.

Humanities Montana is Montana’s independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), founded in 1972 by thirteen Montana citizens—academic and civic leaders—in response to Congress’ National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965. Since that day, Humanities Montana has benefited hundreds of Montana organizations and thousands of its citizens, providing support for public programs in the humanities throughout the state. Humanities Montana’s educational and cultural programs help Montanans develop a deeper understanding of humanity’s values and beliefs, intellectual achievements, diverse cultures, and heritages.

What: Makoshika State Park Campfire Program: “Montana Towns: Then, Now, Tomorrow”

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7pm

Where: Makoshika State Park, 1301 Snyder Avenue, Glendive, MT

Makoshika, the name of which is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning “bad earth,” is Montana’s largest state park Encompassing 11,583 acres. Known for its pine and juniper studded badland formations, Makoshika also houses the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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Tom Shoush
Makoshika State Park
(406) 377-6256

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