In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean

Writing the West: The Way Forward | September 13-15, 2019 | Seeley Lake & Missoula, Montana

The 2017 In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley of northwest Montana.


Writing the West: A Way Forward
Schedule for the 3rd Norman Maclean Festival
September 13-15, 2019

Friday Daytime: In Seeley Lake: 2 tours

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes” on the Blackfoot River with Jerry O'Connell, Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Neighborhood” in Seeley Lake with Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Museum

Friday Evening: In Missoula

4:30 pm at the Museum of Forest Service History, Missoula, MT: John N. Maclean and Aaron Parrett will co-host a celebration event featuring the re-printing of Elers Koch's book 40 Years a Forester: 1903-1943. Copies of the book will be available.

Saturday Morning: In Missoula, MCT Theater

10:00 - 11:00 am presentation: The Lost Journals of Sacajawea with Debra Magpie Earling and Peter Koch (Poetry & Photography)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exploring the West with Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) and Peter Stark (Astoria)

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Saturday Afternoon: MCT Theater

1:30 pm, Keynote: Michael Punke: Why I Write the West

2:00 - 3:00 pm, Realizing the West with Judy Blunt, Breaking Clean & Rick Bass, Why I Came West

3:15 – 4:30 pm, Restoring the West: The Way Forward with Dan O'Brien, Buffalo for the Broken Heart and Richard Manning, ReWilding the West

Saturday Evening Festival Dinner in Lobby of MCT

Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm featuring speaker Annick Smith – Is this Still the Last Best Place? Catering by Bravo Catering.

Sunday Morning: MCT Theater

10:00 am -12:00 pm, Applied Indigenous Story-telling: Perma Red TV Series and Community Engagement. Join the Perma Red TV series production team as they describe the dynamic process of creating a culturally significant and accurate community based production followed by a screening of A World Unseen (40 minute film about the making of The Revenant)

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Sunday Afternoon: Creating the film The Revenant: MCT Theate

1:30 - 5:00 pm, Michael Punke, author, The Revenant, a Novel of Revenge, and The Revenant screenwriter, Mark Smith with a film screening of The Revenant

5:00 pm: Festival closes

Sponsors: Clearwater Montana Properties • Prop Foundation • Montana Department of Commerce • Montana Cultural Trust Fund • Humanities Montana • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP • Margaret and Charles Burback • Montana Film Office • Citizens Alliance Bank • Montana Public Radio • Missoula Federal Credit Union • Stockman Bank • Thomas Beers • Blackfoot • Destination Missoula • Missoula TBID

Co-sponsors: Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper • National Museum of Forest Service History • Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum

For More Information contact: Jenny Rohrer, Festival Coordinator
(406) 754-0034,

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