Montana Historical Society events to celebrate 50th anniversary of state constitution


The 50th anniversary of the Montana Constitution will be celebrated every Thursday in May at the Montana Historical Society.

All of the presentations are 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the historical society auditorium and will be live-streamed on the MTHS YouTube Channel. The programs also will be archived on the MTHS YouTube channel for viewing later.

The Montana Historical Society building in Helena is shown in this January 2020 file photo.

Nolan Lister

The May 5 program “Rewriting Montana’s Constitution: How it Happened” features retired journalist Chuck Johnson, who was a 23-year-old reporter covering the 1972 Constitutional Convention, fondly termed “the ConCon.”

Johnson will discuss how the changing political currents in the 1960s paved the way for the convention to succeed. Delegates sat alphabetically and worked across party lines to hammer out the new state charter, which has won praise from experts and remains in place today.

On May 12, join a panel discussion with Carol Juneau and Joyce Silverthorne, moderated by Mike Jetty, on “Indian Education and the 1972 Montana Constitution.” Delegates in 1972 included a unique constitutional

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