USS Montana Committee honored for adding state brand to submarine

Montana Historical Society

A celebration honoring the USS Montana Committee for instilling the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine with a sense of the Treasure State’s place, history, and culture was held Sept. 14 at the Montana Capitol.

The Montana Historical Society board of trustees presented the committee with the Heritage Guardian Award, recognizing its significant contributions to the preservation and presentation of Montana.

“I look around the room and this is representative of the breadth and depth of Montana, seeing the good culture and heritage from our indigenous people to those in our military,” Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras told about 50 people who gathered for the ceremony. “I love seeing the next generation involved too.”

 The committee, with diverse stakeholders from across the state, played an important role in imprinting the submarine’s shared spaces with iconic Montana imagery.

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“The committee has played a critical role in ensuring Montana sailors get to know Montanans everywhere and get to know our state and its values,” said Bill Whitsett, committee chairman.

Common areas showcase the spirit of the Big Sky through the artwork of Charlie Russell, a panorama of Glacier National Park in the

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