“Biding Their Time”
by Amy Brakeman Livsey

Mission Statement

To promote and publish art and literatures created in Montana and the broader American West; to encourage, promote, and commission critical writing about cultural productions—including film/video, visual arts, literature, performing arts, food, scientific discoveries, architecture, and design—created in Montana and the broader American West; to research and publish scholarship about the natural and cultural landscapes of the region; and to produce and promote audio recordings and film/video documentaries on a variety of cultural subjects.

Board of Directors

President: Aaron Parrett, Ph.D., Helena
Vice President: Dennis Taylor, Helena, MT
Secretary-Treasurer: Krys Holmes, Helena, MT
Member: Russell Rowland, Billings, MT
Member: Natalie Peeterse, Helena, MT

About Us

Sometimes the American West looks alien to those of us who have lived here longer than a decade. Things change irrevocably: Landscapes erode and seem to dwindle, views get obstructed, towns turn ghostly or expand exponentially, black soil fades into dust, new industries and ideas call into question our most cherished traditions and notions.

We see ever more clearly that the origins of these changes lie in our tangled history, a history that gets ever more complex the closer we look. It is a history that—despite (or because of) its challenges—has created a marvelously vibrant culture, one that embraces many thriving subcultures within its fluid boundaries.

Drumlummon Institute, headquartered in Helena, Montana, aims to explore these complexities in hopes that we can better understand our past and take better care in our present.

We will undertake an ambitious and ongoing examination of our region’s culture(s), especially the rich panoply of artistic expressions. To disseminate the outcomes of this examination, we will publish books and an online journal, sponsor symposia and conferences, collaborate with other cultural institutions, and produce documentaries and audio recordings.

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Mission Statement

To promote and publish art and literatures created in Montana and the broader American West; to encourage, promote, and commission critical writing about cultural productions—including film/video, visual arts, literature, performing arts, food, scientific discoveries, architecture, and design—created in Montana and the broader American West; to research and publish scholarship about the natural and cultural landscapes of the region; and to produce and promote audio recordings and film/video documentaries on a variety of cultural subjects.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Aaron Parrett, Ph.D., Helena
Vice President: Dennis Taylor, Helena, MT
Secretary-Treasurer: Krys Holmes, Helena, MT
Russell Rowland, Billings, MT
Natalie Peeterse, Helena, MT

ABOUT US

Sometimes the American West looks alien to those of us who have lived here longer than a decade. Things change irrevocably: Landscapes erode and seem to dwindle, views get obstructed, towns turn ghostly or expand exponentially, black soil fades into dust, new industries and ideas call into question our most cherished traditions and notions.

We see ever more clearly that the origins of these changes lie in our tangled history, a history that gets ever more complex the closer we look. It is a history that—despite (or because of) its challenges—has created a marvelously vibrant culture, one that embraces many thriving subcultures within its fluid boundaries.

Drumlummon Institute, headquartered in Helena, Montana, aims to explore these complexities in hopes that we can better understand our past and take better care in our present.

We will undertake an ambitious and ongoing examination of our region’s culture(s), especially the rich panoply of artistic expressions. To disseminate the outcomes of this examination, we will publish books and an online journal, sponsor symposia and conferences, collaborate with other cultural institutions, and produce documentaries and audio recordings.