Montana Heritage Commission Living History Program

May 27-28 A Very Bloody Affair: Back in the states the Union advances but appears stalled. Union men are concerned Lincoln will not be reelected and McClellan will end the war on Southern terms. But none have time to dwell on this as the search for gold goes on.

June 3-4 The War Drags On: The War Between the States drags on, dividing citizens loyalties while the hardships of the west unite them in their pursuit of riches and survival.

June 10-11 Flour Riots: Its too early for local wheat harvest and flour supplies waylaid in Salt Lake City!! Pric­es spiking!! Citizens resorting to hoarding!! Will there be enough flour to get us all through the spring!!? Heaven knows.

June 17-18 News From Home: News of President Lincoln assassination made headlines April 29, 1865! With heavy hearts we swathe the town in black. On a high note, Lee surrendered and the war is over. Our boys are coming home.

June 24-25 Sowing the Season: The season of darkness is over and the season of sun and labor has begun! Join us as we finish off the last of the winter provisions, begin planting for harvest, and deep clean our homes.

July 1-2 Independence Day: Now is the day we celebrate our countrys independence. For the first time in a few years we can celebrate it as a whole nation again! Bless our Union boys!

Parades!! Fun and games!! Pies eating contests!! Red!! White!! Blue!!: July 8-9 Childrens Weekend: Oh, to be a kid again: chores in the morning, then school, then back home for more chores, and then... Oh the fun! Who woulda thought rolling a hoop down the street would be fun?

July 15-16 Circle of Life from Birth to Death: The Victorian eras most important moments, birth, childhood, romance, family, death a weekend fraught with emotion.

July 22-23 Explore the Textiles: The tinsmiths and blacksmiths are moving in. Leather crafting and dying are in de­mand. Cobblers, weavers, and wheelwrights set up shop. Our little mining camp is growing into a town!

July 29-30 Modern Medicine: From amputations to typhoid the doctors and midwives had much to attend to. How does the town respond to the epidemics that sweep through?

August 5-6 Making Society: One knows they live in society when there is easy access to entertainment, commerce, and good company.

August 12-13 Beyond the Mining Camp: It takes more than miners to make a mining camp a home. A cook to keep him fed, a washerwoman to keep his clothes clean, and an undertaker when the miner settles down for the eternal slumber.

August 19-20 Ways West: While ones own two legs was a fine way to make it to Nevada City, there were many other options.

August 26-27 Women of the Gulch: The vote! For women? Can they? Should they? Parade, riots, and more!

September 2-3 Preparing for Winter: As summer breathes its last, colorful breath over the valley and as the shadow of winter creeps down the mountain, the people start to prepare for the long, bitter season of darkness and loss. A season not everyone survives.

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  • Nevada City Open Air Museum. Located 1 1/2 miles from Virginia City on Highway 287.
  • Address:
  • 300 1/2 West Wallace Street
  • Virginia City, MT 59755
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  • PO Box 338
  • Virginia City, MT 59755
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  • Sep 3
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