MDHC Annual Meeting
September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Go back in time to the early days of the Montana Territory for this year’s MDHC Annual Meeting. We welcome Neal Lewing to perform Meagher of the Sword: Montana’s First Governor. Neal portrays Thomas Francis Meagher, a man who lived a colorful life of adventure, from humble beginnings in Ireland to Montana’s first territorial governor. In between, he led Irish rebels, escaped from Van Diemen’s Land, toured the United States on a lecture circuit, designed the Irish tricolor flag, and distinguished himself as a Civil War general. His final disappearance in Ft. Benton remains an unsolved mystery. This is the story, in folklore, music, and his own words, of the man commemorated in the statue that graces the Montana State Capitol’s front lawn. Exciting! Partial funding for this program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Plus, Montana Historical & Art Society members will elect officers and board members and the Board President and Executive Director will provide Annual Reports. Refreshments provided. Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Free to the public!
About Neal Lewing: Called one of Montana’s last troubadours, Neal Lewing is a lifelong singer/songwriter, actor, playwright, author and poet. Managing Director of Port Polson Players theatre, Neal served as Musical Advisor to Hardin MT’s Custer Reenactment, and a term on the Montana Arts Council. When his Celtic singing group, The Montana ShamRockers, was commissioned to write songs to honor T.F. Meagher, ongoing research led all the way to Meagher’s home in Waterford Ireland and ultimately to the creation of this program, and to MeagherFest. Neal is a strong advocate of music as our most powerful teaching tool.