Public Invited to ‘Montana History in Your Hands’ Event

April 03, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Department of Anthropology is working with Zillastate Realty and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula to host “Montana History in Your Hands,” a Montana Archaeology Month event at the historic Missoula Mercantile from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

UM graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, and staff from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula will share their research and artifacts from across the state in celebration of Montana’s Archaeology Month. Visitors will participate in a reverse antique roadshow, where they can provide insight about mysterious objects.

Featured artifacts will include items discovered during the Missoula Historic Underground Project’s investigations, as well as materials discovered at Fort Missoula that may be reminiscent of the lives of the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at the Fort.

Public tours of the Missoula Mercantile’s basement will be offered at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. as part of the Missoula Historic Underground Project’s ongoing outreach. A series of slide shows and large-format photographs of Missoula’s underground spaces will be on display and refreshments will be served.

Access the festivities by using the Pattee Street entrance of the Missoula Mercantile. The University of Montana’s Department of Anthropology is celebrating April as Montana Archaeology Month by presenting lectures on the remarkable historic and prehistoric past.

For more information visit, email UM Associate Professor Kelly Dixon at, call UM Curator of Anthropological Collections Bethany Hauer at 406-239-6986 or email






Contact: Kelly Dixon, associate professor, UM Department of Anthropology,; Bethany Hauer, curator of anthropological collections, UM Department of Anthropology, 406-239-6986,