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Preserving Montana’s Environmental History: A Collaborative Survey of the Gabriel Photograph Collection

May 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Date: May 10th
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center

This spring, students in the University of Montana’s US Environmental History Class collaborated with the Montana Natural History Center and the Mansfield Library Archives & Special Collections to plan and execute a class project surveying the Gabriel Collection at MNHC.

William “Bill” Gabriel was a UM alum (PhD 1976), longtime advocate of wild places, and noted nature photographer. His estate recently donated a collection of around 70,000 35mm photography slides. These images document Montana’s wildlife and landscapes from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The students surveyed over 80 archival containers and made strategic recommendations to MNHC about how to house and utilize the collection over the long term. They gained hands-on experience in public history consulting, archiving, and museum collections.

The class and MNHC invite you to a reception followed by a short public presentation and Q&A about their work. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: This event is free and open to the public.


May 10, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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