Investigating the Clark Family's Perceptions of Butte in the Montana Collections

Thu 3/2/2023 • 12PM - 1PM PST

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William Andrews Clark Sr. made the family fortune on his shrewd business decisions beginning with trading in goods from Salt Lake City to the mining camps of Montana Territory. He left one of the most significant imprints on Butte, Montana of all of the Copper Kings, evidenced especially in his proprietorship of the Columbia Gardens pleasure resort. In pursuit of research for her dissertation, “Greening a Copper City: Parks, Mining, and Community in Butte, Montana, 1879–2020,” Gwendolyn Lockman was awarded a 2022 Kenneth Karmiole Fellowship to study the Montana Collections in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. In this presentation, she reports her use of the Montana Collections to better understand how one of Montana’s most influential families perceived and impacted the Treasure State.

Gwendolyn R. Lockman is a PhD Candidate in U.S. History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an historian of labor, leisure, and environment, currently researching the social, economic, and political systems at play in municipal park planning in 19th and 20th century Montana

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