History

The flight of the Nez Perce through Yellowstone National Park

BY: and - August 9, 2022

Throughout its history, Yellowstone has been frequented by numerous indigenous tribes. All of these groups have a unique and cherished tale bonding them with the land upon which Yellowstone sits, but perhaps one of the most harrowing and tragic recent stories is that of the Nez Perce (Nimiipu). In the summer of 1877, the gold rush […]

What the polio case in New York tells us about the end of polio

BY: - August 8, 2022

No one studying polio knew more than Albert Sabin, the Polish-American scientist whose vaccine against the crippling disease has been used worldwide since 1959. Sabin’s oral vaccine provides lifelong immunity. It has one drawback, which Sabin, who died in 1993, fiercely disputed: In rare cases, the weakened live poliovirus in the vaccine can mutate, regain […]

How new technology is unlocking secrets of the 1959 Hebgen Lake quake

BY: - August 2, 2022

Major earthquakes that rupture up to the ground surface and form fault scarps are rare occurrences in the Intermountain West during historical times. For an earthquake to generate surface rupture it typically needs to have a magnitude of 6.5 or greater. Only three historical earthquakes have produced surface ruptures in the Intermountain West; the magnitude 6.6 […]

Tuff love: The unnoticed, unappreciated geology of Yellowstone National Park

BY: - July 26, 2022

During the past 2.1 million years, there have been three very large explosive eruptions from the Yellowstone volcanic system that formed calderas—the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago, the Henrys Fork eruption 1.3 million years ago, and the Yellowstone eruption 631,000 years ago. These eruptions each left a thick deposit of ash called an […]

‘Preserve Montana’ director retiring after decades of saving Treasure State History

BY: - July 25, 2022

Chere Jiusto couldn’t have imagined back when she was a high school student that a part of history and archaeological project aimed at investigating a Dutch colony in the late 1600s would lead her across the country to help preserve Montana’s past. But for the past two decades, Jiusto has been the leader of Preserve […]

‘Death in the West,’ Montana-based podcast, wins national history award

BY: - July 24, 2022

The Montana creators of the “Death in the West” podcast had little experience in audio reporting before producing a story exploring the murder of a union organizer in Butte in the 20th century, but the pairs of siblings and childhood friends just won a national history award for their first season. “The story we ended […]

The underappreciated fossil riches of Yellowstone National Park

BY: and - July 19, 2022

The thermal features and “charismatic megafauna” of Yellowstone are more than enough to draw crowds from all over the world, with the park seeing more than 4 million visitors in 2021. But Yellowstone has a secret that very few visitors are even aware of: Yellowstone has fossils! Enough to rival other national parks that are […]

Montana author, historian chronicles the experiences, contributions of Chinese immigrants on state

BY: - July 12, 2022

Mark Johnson, a professor, researcher, historian and teacher in Helena, found what every historian dreams of, previously discounted documents that held secrets to what life was like for Chinese immigrants who toiled in Montana. Letters, stored at the Montana Historical Society archives, had been donated decades ago. At some point, the letters were evaluated by […]

CSKT make pitch to bring Big Medicine back home to bison range

BY: - July 11, 2022

When Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed into law the legislation that would restore the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, it marked a homecoming of sorts as the land, the operations and the bison were returned to tribal management. Now, Native leaders throughout the state need one more […]

Failed GOP governor candidate cheers ‘satanic’ Georgia Guidestones blast

BY: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion that destroyed much of the Georgia Guidestones, a quirky granite monument in Elberton near the South Carolina border. Sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” the guidestones consisted of several large, upright stone blocks built in alignment with stars and constellations and weighing in at 119 tons […]

Third person gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - June 30, 2022

Just a day after a man from Colorado was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park, a 71-year-old woman from Pennsylvania was gored by a bison, marking the third encounter of this type this season. The woman, from West Chester, Penn., was gored by a bull bison near Storm Point at Yellowstone Lake on […]

History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

BY: - June 30, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took barely three minutes […]