Big Sky Chronicles: Post Card Collection

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Among the Historical Society's expansive collection of photographs is soon to be a special new addition.

The Historical Society is looking to acquire 32,000 postcards that chronicle state history.  In this week's Big Sky Chronicles, we find out why postcards capture such a significant portion of Montana's past.

This special collection of postcards has been gathered over more than 30 years by an East Helena man.

Montana Historical Society Research Center Director, Molley Kruckenberg says, "The collection ranges postcards from the 1890’s to the 1970’s with the majority of them being from before 1930 which is fantastic."

Montana Historical Society Research Center Director Molley Kruckenberg says the postcards depict a wide range of topics.

Kruckenberg says, "One of the best parts of this collection, to my mind is the images of towns in Montana, a lot of them are documenting towns that either grew up during the Homestead boom, and maybe no longer exist or they document what those towns looked like in the 1900’s, 1910’s, 1920’s."

She says these postcards are oftentimes the only images left of homestead towns that no longer exist.  The collection also depicts the early days of Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, and images of and by early artists like Charlie Russell.  Kruckenberg says the postcards also show the rise of another important piece of Montana's past.

Kruckenberg says, "The collection documents the coming of the railroad in Montana, the railroad as it is, also post cards put out by the railroad."

She says this collection is a great and valuable addition to the Montana Historical Society.

Kruckenberg says, "This collection is particularly important, significant to documenting Montana because it is so broad, because it covers a large time frame, because it covers 1890’s to 1970’s, it's a great documentation of postcards that were produces in and about Montana."

The Historical Society currently only has a portion of the collection, and is trying to raise funds to secure the rest of the 32,000 postcards.


Story by Aniseh Hamour, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Big Sky Plumbing & Heating of Helena.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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