Stephen Ambrose Memorial Lecture Series

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation honors the memory of the late historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, by hosting this annual lecture each fall.


Stephen Edward Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history, including Undaunted Courage (1997) about the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He and his family eventually settled in Helena, MT, where the Ambrose family became devoted patrons of the public library.  His family graciously lent their late father's name to the Foundation's annual lecture.  (Wikipedia)


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2019 - October 10 - LORNA MILNEA Frontier Photographer and a Naturalist: Evelyn and Ewen Cameron   More info:

2018 - October 23 - JAMIE FORD Racebending: Adventures in a Bi-cultural World. More info:

2017 - November 1 - STU WILSON - Fitzgerald in Montana

2016 - September 26 - PAUL R. WYLIE - The Baker Massacre: A Major Tragedy Nearly Lost in History.  More info:

2015 - August 31 - O. ALAN WELTZIEN - Thomas Savage: A First-rate, if Neglected, Montana Novelist and Dillon’s Best Historian.  More info:

2014 - September 23 - RUSSELL ROWLAND - Revising the Western Narrative.  More info:

2013 - August 15 - CHARLOTTE CALDWELL - Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses. 

2012 - October 16 - RUTH McLAUGHLIN - Bound Like Grass.

2011 - October 27 - DOROTHEA SUSAG, Native American Literatures (Welch and Alexie).

2010 - October 5 - HUGH AMBROSE - Behind the World's Most Expensive Mini-series: HBO's The Pacific.  More info:



December 16, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Scott G. Hibbard

author of

Beyond the Rio Gila

Bringing History Alive: Why I Write Historical Fiction


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Helena Civic Television recorded the 2018 and 2019 lectures. They can be viewed on the Foundation's YouTube channel.


Our thanks to Helena Civic Television!

Visit the Foundation News page to read about past
mbrose Lectures and other events and activities.