Music, memoir, and poetry featured at the July 11th and 12th weekend celebration of the Bair family birthdays. Alberta Bair and her sister Marguerite were both born in July, 1895 and 1889, respectively. In honor of the Bair sisters, The Charles M. Bair Family Museum is hosting a weekend of special events.

Friday July 11

Award winning poet and essayist, Joe Wilkins, nephew of Edith Freeman, will be at the Bair Family Museum on Friday, July 11, from 1pm-3pm, reading his recent memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and his poetry collection Notes from the Journey Westward. The Mountain the Fathers was a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book and a 2013 Orion Book award finalist; and Notes from the Journey Westward, was a winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. A woodcut by his aunt Edith Freeman is used on the cover of his book of poetry. (Freeman’s work is on display in the Special Projects Gallery.) Wilkins earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and now teaches writing at Linfield College in Oregon.

Saturday July 12: Writer Lee Rostad and Billings Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Longtime Bair family friend, writer, and area rancher Lee Rostad will be at the Museum on Saturday, July 12, from 1pm – 3pm, signing copies of her book son the Bair Family, 14 Cents and Seven Green Apples and The House of Bair.

Two members of the Billings Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Adcock, guitar, and Laura Dalbey, violin, will be performing on Saturday from 1-3pm.

Join us in a chorus of Happy Birthday!

In the Special Projects Gallery

This summer the Bair is featuring a special exhibition of work by Montana artist Edith Freeman (1912 – 1992). The work is on loan from the Yellowstone Art Museum to which Freeman bequeathed many of her woodblock prints, as well as her woodcuts and tools. The exhibit also features a set of Freeman’s working tools and a woodblock the public is allowed to touch – an experience that allows them to fully appreciate her artistry. Freeman’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is on several Montana museum collections. In 1993, Edith Freeman was posthumously awarded the Montana Governors Award for the Arts.

The Bair Family Museum is located at 2751 Montana Hwy 294 in Martinsdale, Montana, between White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton. For more information visit