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Montana Madness

The Lewis and Clark Bridge Near Wolf Point, a note written on a board recovered from the Smith Mine Disaster, Jeannette Rankin's shoe, and the Charlie Russell painting "When the Land Belonged to God" are among the objects vying for Montana's Most Awesome Object at the state historical society.

Courtesy Montana Historical Society

Throughout March, 16 objects from the Montana Historical Society’s vast collections will compete March Madness–style for the title of Montana’s Most Awesome Object.

Montana Madness, modeled after the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, will pit objects from the Montana Historical Society’s museum, archives and library collections against each other in online polls that will be promoted on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MontanaMadness.

The game isn’t limited to Facebook and Twitter. Anyone can download a Sweet Sixteen bracket from the Montana Historical Society website home page, where they can also vote on the objects they think should advance in the tournament.

Those voting through the website can also enter a sweepstakes to win a one-year family membership to the Montana Historical Society in Helena, as well as other prizes.

History buffs chose the Sweet Sixteen competitors from 65 objects displayed in the Society’s new online exhibit, “Appropriate, Curious, & Rare: Montana History Object by Object.” All 65 objects are viewable in the online display. A link to the exhibit can be found on the Montana Historical Society home page.