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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 9:30am - 10:30am
History Press Panel: Historic Infrastructure

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Join Jon Axline, author of Taming The Big Sky: The History of Montana Transportation From Trails to Interstate, Ellen Baumler, author of Haunted Helena: Montana's Queen City Ghosts, and Nikki Manning, author of Historic Underground Missoula, for a conversation on the oft-neglected (and fascinating!) history of our state's roads and buildings.

Moderators
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Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer has lived in Missoula most of her adult life. Perhaps she was your waitress or grocery store clerk. Nowadays she and her camera can be found near the baseball park osprey nest or volunteering at music festivals and other community events. This will be her fourth year volunteering at Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
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Jon Axline

Jon Axline has been the historian at the Montana Department of Transportation since 1990. When not sweating over the state’s historic roads and bridges, he conducts cultural resource surveys and writes the MDT’s roadside historical and geological interpretive markers. He is a regular contributor to Montana The Magazine of Western History and Montana Magazine. He is also author of Conveniences Sorely Needed: Montana’s Historic Highway... Read More →
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Ellen Baumler

Ellen Baumler has been the interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society since 1992. She earned her PhD in English, classics and history from the University of Kansas. Ellen is a longtime member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, a 2011 recipient of the Governor's Award for the Humanities and an award-winning author. She is a popular storyteller, best known for weaving the past with the present in a ghostly twist.
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Nikki Manning

University of Montana
Nikki Manning earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (with a minor in Anthropology) at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. After a time in the corporate world working in Human Resources and Marketing, she returned to graduate school in the Fall of 2011 at the University of Montana and completed a masters degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Urban Archaeology. Her thesis research and subsequent History... Read More →



Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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