Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Geography and History - The Montana State Capitol


While we were in Helena, on the weekend, we made a quick stop by the Montana state capitol building, for a short walking tour.

I've always thought that our state had the smiliest governor in the country, and now I know why. Look where he gets to work.

The sandstone, and granite building, which was built in the early 1900's (started in the late 1800's), not long after Montana became a state, is full of beautiful artwork, depicting historic events from Montana's past, and absolutely stunning stain glass panels, everywhere you look.

Montana Kids, has a child friendly write-up about the building, its history, and dark secrets.

Or, you can see some of it for yourself, and hear about a few of the finer points, brought out by a recent renovation, on the episode of Backroads of Montana, linked below. It's a Public Broadcasting series, sponsored by the University of Montana, and a great way to learn about the heart of the state. This particular episode was hosted from the capitol grounds.

Watch the full episode. See more Backroads of Montana.

Check out this week's link-up at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn , for more fun with Geography, and History.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Christy Killoran said...

I love you! WE are just getting ready to start studying Montana and this will be a wonderful addition to our studies!

Ticia said...

What a cool capital. I have to admit that I love to visit state capitals when I go to other states. It's just so much fun to see the buildings.

Debbie said...

That is one beautiful Capital. Thank you for sharing it!

Thank you for linking up to Geography/History this week!

Unknown said...

Bookmarking this for when we "arrive" in Montana during our studies...WONDERFUL!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

It always amuses me that all Capitols are built kind of the same, and they are all very impressive inside. I hope that we will also "visit" Montana during our state studies, and your links will be very useful. By the way, we were thinking of getting out to Sacramento, but decided to wait with this long trip for later in the year instead of cramming it into an already full week.