2022 Public Activities

Numerous conference activities are free and open to conference goers and non-conference goers alike.

Non-conference goers also welcome to purchase tickets to the keynote dinner with Dayton Duncan. Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets.

Contact Ann Vinciguerra, events and communications manager at MSU Library (406-994 6857; ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu), with questions and for additional information about any of these activities.

Vendor Fair & Quilt Display

June 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Strand Union Building Ballroom A, Montana State University

Numerous artisans, collectors, rare book sellers, and more will be on hand. Stop by to meet the vendors and artists, purchase souvenirs, artwork, books, and other ephemera, and learn more about the history of Yellowstone National Park collectibles. Click here to find out more about our vendors.

The vendor area will be decorated with quilts from the Gallatin Quilt Guild. Last year their members were challenged to make quilts inspired by Yellowstone. The resulting quilts range in style form from traditional to modern to art quilts.


Vintage Buses & Stagecoach

June 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Centennial Mall, Montana State University

Board members from the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to historically preserving a collection of motorized vehicles used in Yellowstone prior to World War II, will be on hand with two vintage Yellowstone buses. Rawhide Johnson will be joining them with a vintage Yellowstone stagecoach. Hear the stories behind the buses and stagecoaches and learn more about the development of transportation in the park.

Wonderland Illustrated: A Retrospective Poster Exhibit

June 6-8 during the conference and throughout the summer
Second floor of MSU Library, near the entrance to Archives and Special Collections

A retrospective exhibit of Yellowstone National Park posters and poster-style illustrations from the 1870s through 2022. The styles of artwork transcend a wide span of art movements including art nouveau, arts and crafts, art deco, and modernism.

The posters and illustrations in this exhibit have been reproduced as museum-quality giclee prints and include a 1988 Tom Murphy poster, a 1997 George Wise poster, a 2017 David Jonason poster, and the 1929 Yellowstone National Park from the archives of the University of Wyoming. The remaining posters and poster-style illustrations are from the private collections of Susan and Jack Davis and Thea and Larry Lancaster.

Meet the Author Event

June 7, 1:00 – 3:00, p.m.
Strand Union Building Ballroom A, Montana State University

Authors (Dayton Duncan, David Quammen, Diane Smith, Lee Whittlesely, others) will be on hand to chat with attendees and sign books.

Yellowstone Roadshow

June 7, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Strand Union Building Ballroom A, Montana State University

Yellowstone Roadshow takes place in the vendor area at conference. Attendees are welcome to bring their Yellowstone souvenirs, heirlooms, and collectables to be evaluated by noted Yellowstone collectors

Collecting an Ecosystem Perspective: A Slideshow with Lance Craighead

June 7, 2:00 – 4:00, p.m.
MSU Library, second floor

Lance Craighead will present a slideshow exploring the Craighead grizzly bear study and the genesis of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem concept. MSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections staff invites you to stick around for coffee and snacks after the slideshow.  Objects from the MSU Yellowstone collections will be on display.

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