Mansfield Library Hosts Free Lectures, Exhibits Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

September 04, 2014

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana will host free public lectures and an exhibition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

The Archives and Special Collections exhibit “Working for Wilderness,” which is currently on display for public viewing, celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act by drawing on the archival collections of eight Montanans whose efforts helped to establish wilderness areas and pass the Wilderness Bill. The individuals highlighted are Guy Brandborg, Stewart Brandborg, Cecil Garland, Mike Mansfield, Clif Merritt, Doris Milner, Elizabeth Reitell Smith and Pat Williams. 

The exhibit is located on the fourth floor of the library in the Theta Rho Room and will be on display until January 2015. Wilderness themed art, on loan from UM’s Montana Museum of Art & Culture, is displayed on level three.

Joshua Herbold, chief of the Missoula County Search and Rescue, will deliver a lecture, titled “Tales from Missoula Search and Rescue,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room. 

He will recount historic tales of search and rescue – some fiercely fought such as World War II's raid at Cabanatuan, some gory such as the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 and some yet unsuccessful such as the search for Amelia Earhart. But, alongside these famous – and sometimes infamous – tales of search and rescue are the everyday events that local search-and-rescue teams face. In his talk, Herbold will discuss the history and present-day operations of Missoula County Search and Rescue.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, UM environmental studies and fine art graduate students will share poetry and prose that navigates the wild within and around us all. The event, titled “Wilderness and the Human Imagination,” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Theta Rho Room. The event is sponsored by Camas Environmental Literary Magazine in collaboration with CutBank Magazine.

Nicole Hupp will deliver a third lecture titled “Whitewater Rafting” from 6 to7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Theta Rho Room. 

In addition to the formal exhibitions and lectures, the library also will feature a series of five videos. The videos will be uploaded to each business day during the week of Sept. 8. The videos feature members of the campus community reading from their favorite wilderness literature. Participants are Dan Spencer, Phil Condon, Natalie Dawson, Michelle Bryan Mudd and Janisse Ray. 

 “We are very excited to celebrate the Wilderness Act, which is so important to our home state,” said Julie Biando Edwards, library associate professor. “We're particularly excited about the public programs we're offering to the campus and Missoula community.”



Contact: Julie Biando Edwards, associate professor, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 406-243-4505,