But the fact is, it is still a long haul from Libby to Cut Bank (the closest April workshop site) and we can't physically be everywhere. To overcome the prodigious length of Main Street, he Montana Historical Society has been working to use the internet to help serve our state. We broadcast all of our Thursday night programs through our YouTube channel, we record most of our annual history conference sessions to post on SoundCloud, and reach out through social media (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.)
We've also increased our commitment to digitizing collections and creating self-contained digital projects focusing on specific topics. I've talked individually about many of these digital initiatives before, but here's a quick run-down of my favorites:
- Montana's African American Heritage Resources, a gateway for exploring this understudies aspect of Montana history;
- Digitized Montana Newspapers Online, a portal to access two, freely accessible resources that offer almost 700,000 full-text pages from over 125 newspapers;
- Montana Place Names, a zoomable map to learn the origins of Montana place names, from Alzada to Zortman;
- xplore selected objects and artwork held in trust by the Montana Historical Society, including the Charles M. Russell Collection.
- created as part of a commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana;
- The Montana Memory Project, an online source for digital collections relating to Montana's cultural heritage. (See links to the Montana Historical Society's contributions here.)