About the Speaker:
Zoe Ann Stoltz-
Reference Historian at the MT Historical Society (MHS)
After growing up in eastern Montana and raising three daughters in the northwestern corner of the state, Zoe Ann pursued her dream of becoming a Public Historian. To this end, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in MA, and earned her Master’s in History from the University of Montana.
She has been the MHS Reference Historian for over a decade. Her current projects include introducing students to the thrills of research, as well as a study of the MHS Cookbook Collection, Montana Foodways, and Montana Livestock Brand Histories.
We find them everywhere – on belts, mugs, quilts, and cattle!
While part of Montana’s culture, livestock brands also play a vital part of Montana’s history.
Dating back to 1873, Montana Livestock Brand Records reveal information on individual brand owners. They also demonstrate historical trends: Mining, cattle drives, homesteading and more.
Zoe Ann will discuss the history of Montana brands, the futility in asking which was first, and the treasure trove of information documented by the Montana Livestock Brand Records.
What stories are behind your brand?