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Historic recipes featured in Montana Historical Society’s 2005 calendar

The Montana Historical Society has cooked up a unique 2005 calendar that combines recipes from a new collection of 300 community cookbooks dating back to the 19th century with historic photographs depicting culinary settings in Montana from Native Americans to cowboys to the 1921 Montana Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs.

“Many of us often fall into the trap of thinking history is something that happens to others, that it is an event or situation involving the mighty, the famous, or the infamous, and has no connection to our own lives,? Society Publications Director Clark Whitehorn said. “In reality history is each of our shared pasts wrapped into a recognizable form, and perhaps nothing better reflects our cultural connections than the community cookbook.?

The calendar features 12 large historic photographs from the 1880s into the early 1900s of things like chuck wagon cooking, Native Americans drying meat, serviceberry gatherers, cabbage growers and picnickers.

Recipes featured include things like dandelion wine, fried green tomatoes, Montana quick bread, Indian pemmican, sweet potato pie, roast duck with apples, and venison steaks broiled.

Wherever possible the photos and the recipes for the month are connected. For example, a huckleberry pie recipe for June is under a photo of a cowboy cook with a shelf full of range made pies. A wonderful 1898 photo by famous frontier photographer Evelyn Cameron shows a wagon full of large cabbages harvested near Terry, and under it is a sauer kraut recipe from a 1910 Absarokee Mutual Benefit Club Cook Book.

The cookbook collection was donated to the Society by Maureen Hathaway and is available to the public at the Society’s Research Center in Helena.

The calendar is available on newsstands across the state for $8.50, or can be ordered directly from the Society plus shipping by calling toll-free 1-800-243-9900. It also is available on the Society’s Museum Store on-line catalog.

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