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Ken Egan Jr. kneels by the millstone in Caras Park

Ken Egan Jr. kneels by the millstone in Caras Park, the lone remnant of the first grist mill built in Missoula. 

Rocky Mountain College is hosting a book presentation featuring author and former RMC English professor Ken Egan, Jr. on  March 19 at Prescott Hall. The event has been moved from its originally scheduled date.

Egan will present his latest book, "Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood." The event is free and open to the public.

Egan is the author of several works, including "Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year," "Hope and Dread in Montana Literature," and "The Riven Home: Narrative Rivalry in the American Renaissance."

After completing his Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Egan taught literature and writing at Rocky Mountain College, Middlebury College and Drury University. He is also the recipient of Fulbright grants to teach American Literature in Greece and Slovakia. Egan is the executive director of Humanities Montana and serves on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Reviewers have praised the new book. Robert R. Swartout, Jr., history professor emeritus at Carroll College wrote: "This is the best kind of history...exquisitely crafted. There is no doubt that Ken Egan is one of the most gifted Montana historians of our generation." 

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.