Today at MHS – ”Rewriting Montana’s Constitution: How it Happened with Chuck Johnson”

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

They came from all walks of life.

Ranchers, lawyers, housewives, ministers, teachers, auto dealers, a college professor, a graduate student, a beekeeper.

And they came from all corners of the state and political persuasions.

In January 1972, 100 ordinary citizens gathered in Helena to write a new Montana State Constitution. There had been no shortage of folks who wanted to be involved – 515 campaigned to be delegates.

Twenty-three-year-old reporter Chuck Johnson was there to cover it for The Associated Press.

Charles S. “Chuck” Johnson

MSU photo by Saul Mastandrea

He would go on to be a political reporter for more than 45 years, most of it at the Capitol.

Today, Thursday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. Johnson will give a talk at the Montana Historical Society –”Rewriting Montana’s Constitution: How it Happened.”

This is the first talk in a four-part MHS lecture series – “The Montana Constitution at Fifty” at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in May at the Montana Historical Society (

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