Ivan Doig: Writer of Montana’s Land & People

Author Ivan Doig

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum hosts “Ivan Doig: Writer of Montana’s Land & People” with Mary Murphy on Wednesday, November 10, 7pm. The second program of Borderlands, a free virtual speaker series, participants can register for any or all of the Zoom programs here: https://yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org/webinars-programs/borderlands-fall-speaker-series/. Programs are uploaded to museum’s YouTube channel after the live virtual event.

Mary Murphy is a Distinguished Professor of History at Montana State University Bozeman and the Director of the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West.

Murphy wrote, “Doig captured the Montana landscape and the Montana voice in his novels. But his own voice was born in Meagher County in his beloved memoir This House of Sky, the story of his childhood and coming of age. Doig returned over and over to the world of central Montana and the Rocky Mountain front in his novels. But he learned to write about the land and people of Montana by living and listening in Meagher County.”

Murphy will discuss the deep respect for working people and the love of Montana language that characterize all Doig’s works and that grew from his own experiences. Murphy teaches courses in American history with a special focus on gender and on the history and culture of food.  Among her books are Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942 and Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

The final Borderlands program is “The Beartooth Highway: A History of America’s Most Beautiful Drive” with Jon Axline on Wednesday, November 17, 7pm.

Visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for program updates or contact Karen Reinhart, 222-4184 or kreinhart@parkcounty.org. Register for Zoom programs here: https://yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org/webinars-programs/borderlands-fall-speaker-series/