Carol Larsen, Margie Brubaker and Alice Pehl of the Prairie County Museum attended the Helena event honoring Lady Evelyn Cameron. Also pictured are Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, and at far right Carroll College Professor Lorna Milne who delivered a talk on Cameron.
Frontier photographer and chronicler Evelyn Cameron and novelist and Indian rights advocate D’Arcy McNickle were added to the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans in ceremonies in the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena on April 12.
The public attended the ceremony.
The gallery was established by the Montana Legislature in 1979 to pay homage to citizens of the state who have made significant contributions to the state and nation in their unique fields of endeavor while epitomizing the spirit and character that defines Montana. The Montana Historical Society was charged with organizing the gallery display.
Cameron was born to an aristocratic family in England in 1868, and came to Montana with her husband to build a new life on the frontier near Terry in the eastern part of the state. She was a gifted and self-taught photographer that left a tremendous visual record of the Montana frontier that was also unique because it came from a woman’s perspective.
She died in 1928, and her photographic collection as well as the detailed diaries of her life on the frontier are now part of the Montana Historical Society collection.
McNickle was born in 1904 and raised on the Flathead Reservation. He graduated from the University of Montana and went on to attend Oxford University in England, and is considered by many scholars to be the father of modern Native American literature and ethnohistory.
He died in 1977 after a rich career that saw him become a public official, historian, Indian rights advocate and a novelist.
Published May 4, 2011