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Miles City, Montana
Public Humanities Programming in Rural Montana
Public Humanities Programming in Rural Montana

Participants gather for a guided tour of Dillon City that illuminated the town’s history. Photo courtesy of Humanities Montana.

Humanities Montana, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides public humanities programming to the entire state. This is an enormous challenge: Montana ranks 48th among states in population density and the distance between its western and eastern borders rivals the distance from Chicago to New York City. Through its Hometown Humanities initiative, the council has partnered with a different small community each year since 2012 to produce a full slate of 25–35 humanities programs. Hometown Humanities has been held in Miles City, Dillon, Lincoln County, Havre, Livingston, Sidney, and Red Lodge, and the number of communities applying for the program has increased steadily each year.

“The opportunity to host Hometown Humanities was wonderful. It has provided a new means for our community to discuss topics that are not necessarily comfortable. People are asking that we continue to do more.”

–Miles City Public Library

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