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2013 Governor's Humanities Awards

Seven Montanans were recognized during the 2013 Governor’s Humanities Awards Ceremony on February 21, 2013 at the Montana Historical Society, Helena. Lieutenant Governor John Walsh officiated

John and Anna Brumley are responsible for identifying, preserving, and educating the public about the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump site near Havre. They have dedicated 50 years to sharing one of three recognized buffalo jumps in the state, providing tours and advocating for protection of the site. They model a commitment to public humanities for historical purposes.

Walter C. Fleming (Kickapoo) is professor and chair of Native American Studies at Montana State University Bozeman. He is an award-winning teacher who has authored two influential books, Visions of an Enduring People and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History. He has mentored many Native American students and traveled far and wide to share his insights with Montanans.

Larry A. Lahren has served as a public archaeologist for over 40 years. He has been the principal investigator of the 11,000 year old Anzick Clovis burial site near Wilsall, Montana, one of the most important archaeological sites in North America. His doctoral dissertation on the Myers-Hindman site near Livingston provided evidence of 9000 years of human occupation in Montana. He has made it a special calling to share his knowledge of Montana’s past with citizens of all ages, including through his collection of essays, Homeland: An Archaeologist’s View of Yellowstone Country’s Past.

Mary Murphy, a professor of history at Montana State University Bozeman, has been a model of the skillful scholar who reaches beyond the university to inform Montanans about their history in all its variety. Focusing on gender history, she has written an array of books and articles about Montana, including Mining Cultures: Men, Women and Leisure in Butte, 1914-1941, and Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942, which received the Montana Book Award. She has directed dozens of graduate students in their work on the history of Montana and the West. Murphy has served on the Humanities Speakers Bureau for 13 years and sat on the boards of the Montana Historical Society and Humanities Montana.

Lawrence F. Small has been a higher education leader in Billings for over 50 years. He served as president of Rocky Mountain College for 10 years, taught history at Rocky for 30 years, and helped found the Institute for Peace Studies in 1990. He is the co-author of Religion in Montana, the definitive account of this important strand in Montana’s cultural life. He combines in-depth knowledge of history with a commitment to public service.

Robert R. Swartout Jr. has broadened our understanding of Montana’s ethnic history. A 30-year award-winning professor of history at Carroll College, Swartout is an authority on Montana history, with a commitment to sharing the stories of minority citizens. He began his teaching career as a middle school teacher for the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Korea. Years later, he would twice serve as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Korea. Among his many books and articles he has published Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People and Place and Bold Minds and Blessed Hands: The First Century of Montana’s Carroll College. He is now at work on a study of Montana’s ethnic heritage.