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Western Wildlife: History and Lore 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 26, 2020

$40 – $45

DATES: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
TIME: 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Bring a sack lunch if you like and make it a wildlife lunch break!

LOCATION: Montana Natural History Center

Take an educational lunch break with Lee Silliman presenting Western Wildlife: History and Lore. This 4-Part Brown Bag Lecture Series will provide absorbing details about the history of our iconic wildlife. Pack a lunch, enjoy coffee and tea on us, sit back and learn!

This course will vividly sketch portraits of the diverse fauna which were abundant in the North American Great Plains and Rocky Mountain ecosystems during the frontier era.  Through vintage imagery and nineteenth century first person narratives, Lee Silliman will offer interesting samplings of the history and lore of seven indigenous species (bison, grizzly bear, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mustangs, and mountain lions) which so fascinated early westerners.  Emphasis will be placed upon unusual characteristics of the species, ingenious hunting tactics by Native Americans and whites, dramatic encounters with people, and interactions between species.  These histories and stories, drawn from 19th century Western Americana literature, will evoke a distant era when a cornucopia of nature’s creatures liberally dominated the western landscape.

Lee Silliman, a retired science educator and former museum archivist, has nurtured an avid interest in the art and history of the American West since his youth.  As a collector of vintage engravings depicting the North American frontier, Silliman has assembled and annotated exhibits of these artworks for museums in six western states.  His exhibit, “Denizens: Wildlife on the Western Frontier,” was exhibited by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture in 2018.  Other  wildlife exhibit projects by Silliman include John James Audubon’s Quadruped engravings and   historic bison imagery.  Currently he is assembling antique bird prints for “Avis Marvelous: Ornithology on the Western Frontier, 1826 – 1898.”


Cost: $40/$45 Member/Non-Member

Registration is required. Please click this link to register.


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee (minus a 25% administrative fee) is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


March 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$40 – $45
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States