Kelly Hartman


Kelly Hartman is the Curator at the Gallatin History Museum. She is also a painter and printmaker inspired by the beauty of Montana.

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Fri. Nov. 1st, 2019

Sunday Sinnings

by Kelly Hartman

When one digs back into the history of the “Wild West,” one too often finds that culture predominated and most places were not as “wild” as we would probably hope to find. Even Cooke City, located at the Northeast…

Tue. Oct. 1st, 2019

Not Just a Collection of Curios

by Kelly Hartman

There are many wonderful stories to be told with items at the Gallatin History Museum. For years now, two items in particular have been on display in the old Jailer’s Office/Gallows Room: a wooden potato masher identified as a murder…

Mon. Jun. 3rd, 2019

Escape From the Jail!

by Kelly Hartman

On the morning of December 22, 1911, all were surprised to find that six prisoners had escaped from the brand new $35,000 jail, which had been believed to be “escape proof.” The individual cells holding the prisoners were not…

Sun. Apr. 1st, 2018

More than 27 Dresses Wedding Attire from 1881-1992

by Kelly Hartman

In a clothing collection that contains over 250 dresses, 16 percent, or about 40 pieces, are wedding attire. These outfits date from the late 1800s through the 1990s and show how fashion has changed over time.  The wonderful thing about…

Wed. Feb. 28th, 2018

Drink to the Health of the Pioneers

by Kelly Hartman

The formation of the Gallatin County Pioneer Society and the Sons and Daughters of Gallatin County Pioneers

Fri. Dec. 1st, 2017

Multitudes of Enthusiasm Celebrating a Gallatin Valley Christmas

by Kelly Hartman

As the daylight begins to dim, citizens of Gallatin Valley can be found flowing in and out of auditoriums with their jackets pulled up about their ears; long woolen ones, silken-soft puffy ones, those newly purchased and those that have seen…