Remembering Russell’s West: Montana’s Last Best Chance

Introduction from Dr. Larry Len Peterson There are many gems to be mined in the treasure state of Montana, but two of the finest are the Malcolm S. Mackay Collection of Charles M. Russell art and Kirby Lambert. Their legacy resides at the Montana Historical Society (MHS) in Helena. While the Mackay collection has thrilled

2021-10-19T16:14:12+00:00

Remembering Russell’s West: The Unique Goldtones of Edward S. Curtis

Introduction from Dr. Larry Len Peterson In 1907 The New York Herald dubbed a planned photographic book series by Edward Sheriff Curtis as the “Most gigantic undertaking in the making of books since the King James edition of the Bible.”  Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award recipient Timothy Egan called The North American Indian, “The

2021-07-22T17:30:05+00:00

Remembering Russell’s West: Portrait of Nancy Russell

Introduction from Dr. Larry Len Peterson William T. Ridgley, his future wife Josephine Trigg, Charlie, and Nancy Russell camping on the Dearborn River, 1898. Courtesy of the Big Sky Collection, Larry and LeAnne Peterson Kentucky born Nancy Cooper Russell (1878-1940), five feet and seven inches tall of magnificent womanhood, possessed beautiful eyes that

2021-03-19T20:43:05+00:00

Remembering Russell’s West: CHARLES M. RUSSELL, SCULPTOR

Introduction from Dr. Larry Len Peterson Charlie Russell modeling wax. Eaton party in the Southwest. Almeron J. Baker photograph, October 1916. Courtesy of the Big Sky Collection, Larry and LeAnne Peterson Russell’s art is a big tent.  Fortunately, we have a grand ringmaster, Dr. Rick Stewart, who has contributed more to our understanding

2021-02-01T21:24:42+00:00

Remembering Russell’s West: The Call of the Mountains

Introduction from Larry Len Peterson Nancy, son Jack, and Charlie Russell at Bull Head Lodge, summer 1924. Courtesy of the Big Sky Collection, Larry and LeAnne Peterson Glacier National Park has the type of views that keep postcard publishers in business. The mountains fanned the flames of Charlie Russell’s creative genius. He understood

2021-02-01T21:25:14+00:00

Remembering Russell’s West: Letters Home

Introduction from Larry Len Peterson Welcome to the first installment of “Remembering Russell’s West.” It’s appropriate that we start with the first issue and feature Brian Dippie, authoring an article “Letters Home” about the correspondence Russell sent his friends back home while he was on the road with his wife Nancy as they chased

2021-03-19T20:42:56+00:00

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