The Montana Archaeological Society will hold its 59th annual conference at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown in Missoula, Montana, April 13th-16th. Conference events will include a Thursday evening early bird gathering, a Friday morning workshop, our traditional Friday night auction, Saturday presentation sessions, the Saturday evening banquet/speaker, and Sunday field trips.
The Friday workshop, “Beyond the Shelf: A Discussion of Assemblages, Their Access and Use” is sponsored by the MAS Education Committee. Led by Dr. Riley Auge, the workshop will explore ways to increase awareness of and access to collections held by Montana institutions, and state, tribal and federal agencies.
This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Kelly Dixon. Her presentation, “Sustainability, Resilience, and Cultural Heritage: Observations from Montana in the Early 21st Century,” will take place at the conclusion of the Saturday evening banquet.
Conference attendees will have the choice of two Sunday morning field trips. At Travelers’ Rest State Park near Lolo, MT, park staff will offer a site tour and discussion of archaeological methods used to confirm the Lewis & Clark camp location. The Gold Creek field trip won't happen due to weather/road conditions, but a trip to the Ravenna (Milwaukee RR) substation will be substituted. It is located off I-90 between Clinton and Drummond, about 30 miles east of Missoula. The "Milwaukee Road" began electrification of its route from Harlowton, Montana to Tacoma, Washington in 1912. Full electrified operations from Harlowton to Avery, Idaho began in early 1917. Electrification of the railroad required building and operation of 14 substations along that 440 mile stretch. Station #9 at Revenna, Montana is one of four surviving substations in the Rocky Mountain Subdivision.
The conference venue is the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, where rooms have been reserved for MAS attendees. The conference room rate is $95/night (rate subject to 7% state lodging tax and $2/night local “bed tax”). Rooms must be booked by March 14 in order to secure the conference rate. Reservations may be made via phone by calling 1-800-399-0408 or 1-406-721-8550. You must indicate that you are attending the MAS conference to receive the conference rate. Hotel guests have access to free self-parking in the hotel lot, and complimentary airport transportation. Subject to availability, the hotel may also provide area-wide transportation within a five-mile radius. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar, complimentary wireless internet, indoor pool and fitness center. The Holiday Inn is one block from the heart of downtown Missoula, where more than a dozen restaurants and “watering holes” are located. Other dining establishments are located a short walk south over the Higgins Avenue bridge. The Missoula downtown area features many small shops, galleries, bookstores, and a fine local art museum.
Meeting Registration & Fees
Meeting registration is $35 for members, $45 for non-members and $10 for students. Registration for the Friday workshop (optional) is $20, with attendance limited to 30 participants. Banquet tickets are $35 for the steak or salmon entrees, $24 for a vegetarian option. The ticket price includes gratuity. Banquet tickets must be purchased by April 1 in order to ensure your dinner. Meeting registration can be completed by mailing a Registration Form, or by registering online. Online registration offers a Paypal option. Hardcopy forms and fees should be mailed to the MAS Treasurer at PO Box 1123, Manhattan, MT 59741. A limited number of vendor tables are available. Vendors should contact Mary Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 531-7085.
Abstracts will be accepted through Friday, March 24, or until the program is full, whichever occurs first. Please send a completed Abstract Form to Mary Williams at email@example.com. Only registered, paid-up members of the MAS may present at the conference, so don’t forget to pay your dues when submitting your abstract and registration forms.