2022 Conference Schedule

Schedule At-A-Glance
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Last updated June 1, 2022. Any last minutes changes will be posted here.

More than 50 individuals from across the country will present at the conference. Speakers include retired Yellowstone National Park historian Lee Whittlesey, author Diane Smith, Shane Doyle of the Apsáalooke Nation, and noted environmental leader Mike Clark. The conference brings together voices from many of the communities that have an enduring interest in collecting aspects of the park and the surrounding ecosystem and will explore using and understanding collections such as souvenirs, stories, and data.  Opportunities for conversations among historians, teachers, Native Americans, artists, environmentalists, archivists, and the public will connect diverse perspectives on this environmentally and culturally important area. A detailed schedule will be posted here has it become available.

As of February 14, 2022, face masks will be recommended, but not required, for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus buildings at Montana State University. As the conference approaches, organizers will keep track of MSU policy and safety requirements for in-person gatherings and will adhere to the current safety regulations during the conference.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

6 p.m. – Welcome reception, Museum of the Rockies – The museum galleries and the museum store will be open

Monday, June 6, 2022

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Welcome remarks and opening session led by noted environmentalist Mike Clark
  • 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Fair
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
  • 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own. There are numerous options on and close to campus and a list will be included in your welcome packet.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
  • 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Jack Davis plenary – The History of Collecting Yellowstone National Park Souvenirs

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Plenary session with Shane Doyle
  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendor Fair – Note that the vendor fair ends early today as the evening event start at 5 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
  • 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own and afternoon activities. 
  • Keynote dinner with Dayton Duncan – The event kicks-off at 5:00 p.m. with a VIP reception for conference goers and the dinner event begins at 6:00 p.m. Dayton’s talk is titled “Happenstance and History. It explores the unlikely confluence of events that resulted in Yellowstone becoming the world’s first national park in 1872; and the equally unforeseen and unplanned evolution of the park’s mission.” The event will take place in the Music Hall at The Armory Hotel

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Plenary sessions with Michael Francis – Yellowstone Collectibles: A Fun and Educational Look at Park Souvenirs Past and Present
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Conference luncheon. Author Diane Smith present a talk titled “Animals and Artifacts in the Archives: Animal Displays in Yellowstone National Park”
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Closing sessions – What does it mean to collect Yellowstone?
  • If you’re in Bozeman for the evening, a “Sip and Paint” will
    be held at the Bozeman Art Museum (One of our conference sponsors!) from 7 to 9  p.m..
    Artist Lindsey Martin will walk the participants through the workshop step-by-step as they create their own landscape painting. No painting experience
    necessary. Join them and let your inner artist out! All art supplies provided.
    Cost: $48. Class limited to 10 students. Contact linda@bozemanartmuseum.org or call
    406-570-1419 for more information or to sign up. 

June 9-11, 2022

Post-conference tour. Visit the webpage for details – https://collectingyellowstone.com/field-trip

** Conference Schedule is tentative and subject to change **