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Stephen Ambrose Memorial Lecture

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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2022 - November 3, 2022 - GERRY ROBINSON - The People and Places of The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage.  More info:


2021 - December 16 - SCOTT G. HIBBARD - Bringing History Alive: Why I Write Historical Fiction.  More info:  Watch on YouTube.

2019 - October 10 - LORNA MILNE - A Frontier Photographer and a Naturalist: Evelyn and Ewen Cameron.   More info: Watch on YouTube.

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

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:


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

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


Gerry Robinson
author of
The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage

The People and Places of
e Cheyenne Story"

Gerry Robinson gave his lecture on November 3, 2022.  The Zoom recording is available to watch on YouTube or Facebook.

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