February 3

Mary Jane Bradbury

Martha & Me: Dora Dufran Speaks about Calamity Jane

Accounts of Calamity Jane—whose real name was Martha Canary—are legion and she has achieved mythical status in the lore of the frontier. Who better to give us insights about the real story than madam Dora DuFran, a Black Hills pioneer, entrepreneur and close friend of Calamity’? Ms. DuFran knows better than anyone the life of Martha Canary and Calamity Jane, two quite different women, one legendary, one all but forgotten.

February 17

Judy Wright: Write Your Family Story

​Local author and co-founder of Montana Storykeepers, Judy Wright, says, "We all have a lifetime of stories in our memory banks. We have had life lessons that our children and their children will want and need to know. Some of the stories will just provide entertainment or enlightenment. But they will all bridge the gap between generations."  Judy will share information, anecdotes, and examples to help audience members begin to put together their own family stories.


Winter Storytelling is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

January 13

Jennifer Finley: My Hands Have Vertigo 

Jennifer lives on the Flathead Reservation in Montana where she was born and raised. She is Salish and Chappewa-Cree and a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.  Jennifer is the author of three books of poetry, a children's book, and a play. Her newest book, My Hands Have Vertigo, was self-published in May, 2017.  “I feel my way through the world with words,” Finley says. “It’s how I touch everything. How I experience everything, how I understand everything, is with words. That’s me as a poet.”

January 6

Stephen Small Salmon: Traditional Stories

Pend d’Oreille elder Stephen Small Salmon is a traditional dancer, singer and storyteller.  He is helping to preserve the Salish language as an instructor at the Nkwusm Institute in Arlee.  Mr. Small Salmon is a favorite presenter at Winter Storytelling - expect the unexpected as he talks about his life and shares traditional stories.


Winter Storytelling at Travelers' Rest celebrates the Salish tradition of sharing stories during the long, dark winter.  We humans tell our stories in a variety of ways, and in 2018, Travelers' Rest will welcome a diverse array of presenters who capture and share stories through oral tradition, poetry, history, memoir, and more.


Saturdays at 11 a.m. in January and February.  Cost is $5 per person; members are free depending on level of support.

January 20

Bruce Mihelish: Ponies and Passes

Bruce grew up in Helena during the 50’s & 60’s and was deeply influenced by historians who spoke of Lewis and Clark adventure. As a volunteer interpretive guide at the Travelers' Rest, Bruce enjoys sharing the story of this campsite and the 11,000 year old native crossroads at the heart of the Park.  Bruce takes us back in time with the story of “Ponies and Passes” to feel the courage and strength needed to get this harrowing pack trip successfully through the Rocky Mountains on the way to the great Western sea.  

January 27

Beth Judy: Bold Women in Montana History

Beth Judy will read from Bold Women in Montana History, a series of compelling portraits of historic heroines in the Treasure State.  From the Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle to the stereotype-smashing librarian Alma Jacobs, the eleven women portrayed in this engaging book were indeed bold– breaking down barriers of sexism, racism, and political opposition to emerge as heroines of their time. 


February 24

Joseph Grady: The Cultural Signficance of Storytelling

Storytelling is integral to education and cultural survival. How does story define community? How does it keep cultures intact? What functions does story serve in shaping our understanding of the world? How do we learn about the stories of our history? Joseph Grady will share some stories and draw on his background in social work and theater to lead a discussion about the power of theater, storytelling, and performance, with a focus on Indigenous American stories and perspectives.


February 10

William Marcus: Backroads of Montana

“Backstories from the Backroads of Montana” - the producers and host of the popular MontanaPBS series tell behind-the-scenes stories about how the show is put together.