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 The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center, in partnership with the          Virginia City Preservation Alliance, sponsors their fourth series of                history programs in 2017.




Once again, the programs are held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT. The general theme of this year’s series will focus upon notable Montana authors. On Thursday, August 31st at 6pm, Alan Weltzien will present a program on Ivan Doin in the beautifully restored Linderman cabin. The cabin is located near Laurin, at the Robber’s Roost historic site; approximately 8 miles south of Sheridan, 2 miles north of Laurin, on Highway 287.

Ivan Doig (1939-2015) was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front where much of his writing takes place. His first book, the highly acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, Doig is a graduate of Northwestern University where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. He also held a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He was widely known for his sixteen fiction and non-fiction books set mostly in his Montana, celebrating the landscape and people of the post-war American West.

O. Alan Weltzien, longtime Montana Wilderness Association member (incl. State Council) and Professor of English at UMW (Dillon), has published dozens or articles and ten books, most recently Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes (Univ. Nebraska Press, 2016), and Rembrandt in the Stairwell (FootHills Publishing, 2016), his third book of poetry. Weltzien still skis in winter and scrambles peaks in summer. He never tires of the endless diversity of Montana mountainscapes and loves to hike above timberline.

Admission is by donation and open to the public. Hosted by the a local book club who will provide light refreshments.
Additional financial support for this series is being provided by Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center
404 E. Idaho Street
PO Box 104
Virginia City, MT 59755


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