Newspaper articles from 1917 and 1918 were given to The Billings Gazette by community historian Elisabeth DeGrenier of The Western Heritage Center who continues to research this time period in Billings.
DeGrenier presented a research project recently at the Montana Historical Society's annual meeting about Billings' "Third Degree" committee. That presentation,"Are Undesirable," will be expanded in an upcoming lecture about about sedition and the local response, tentatively scheduled for September at the Heritage Center.
She is also preparing the material for a full-length magazine article in Montana: The Journal of Western History.
The basis for this six-part series was DeGrenier's research, presentation and belief that this turbulent time in Billings' history needs to be examined and understood more closely. Credit for the research belongs to DeGrenier, who spent hours culling newspaper articles and photos.