Vernacular Architecture Forum
Mining Metropolis: An Island
in a Stockman's Paradise
42-page Conference Schedule Booklet (1.6 meg PDF) with complete schedule details. Hard copies will be provided at the conference.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Opening Reception - Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres — Silver Bow Club (built 1906 as the Millionaires' Club at a cost of $100,000. Functioning 1906 Otis elevator in place). 5:00-6:30 pm
Keynote Address — Long-time contributor to Harper's Magazine Edwin Dobb will introduce us to Butte and southwest Montana. Mr. Dobb wrote "Pennies From Hell: In Montana, the Bill for America's Copper Comes Due" (Harper's, October 1996). And he recently co-wrote "Butte, America", a PBS documentary to air in Fall 2009. (Bio) The presentation will be held in the Art Deco Mother Lode Theatre. Transportation will be provided to and from the War Bonnet Inn and Montana Tech dorm rooms. Attendees staying at the Finlen are within walking distance of both the Silver Bow Club and the Mother Lode Theatre. 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Approximately 40 properties will be open to VAFers. Butte is a particularly pleasant city to walk, because it has relatively small blocks, and very little traffic. However, vans will loop around the area to help participants see as much as possible.
Evening Progressive Reception - Hors d'oeuvres at the historic Hirbour Barber Shop, Butte City Jail, and Rookwood Speakeasy. This will be an opportunity to enjoy several of the highly visited properties in Uptown Butte. Transportation to and from the hotels and dorm rooms will be provided. 5 pm - 7 pm.
Friday, June 12, 2009Southeast Tour - Option 1
Ranching themes range from the unique three-level circular barn near Twin Bridges to modern vernacular grain silos modified to serve as residences-one with a matching mini-silo doghouse! Historic Twin Bridges, where Lewis and Clark had more choices to make as they ascended the Jefferson River, will welcome you to dinner at the Madison County Fair Grounds and a National Register-listed polygonal arena, about a block from the Blue Anchor, a classic Montana saloon.
Northwest Tour - Option 2
No excursion into Montana's historic towns would be complete without sampling the hardy local cuisine. This tour will include a traditional pasty box lunch reminiscent of those consumed by smeltermen in Anaconda and a barbeque dinner at the famed Grant-Kohrs Ranch under the Big Sky - all served up with legendary Montana hospitality.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Banquet - The conference will conclude with a banquet at the Front Street Station, the lovely, recently restored Northern Pacific Depot (left). There we will host the annual VAF meeting, awards, invitation to next year's conference in Washington, DC, and live music.
Sunday, 14 June 2009Post-conference tour to the Helena area, sponsored by Society for Industrial Archaeology. Separate registration required - click here for full information.
Keynote speaker Edwin Dobb: Butte native Edwin Dobb is a fourth generation descendant of Cornish tin miners and Irish copper miners. A former senior editor and acting editor in chief of The Sciences, Dobb writes for numerous national publications, including National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine, but his primary relationship is with Harper's Magazine, where he's been a contributor since 1995. Dobb is the co-author, with Jack Horner, of Dinosaur Lives, which The New York Times selected as a notable book of the year and The Los Angeles Times picked as a best book of the year. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing Series. Dobb is the co-writer and co-producer of a feature-length documentary film, called "Butte, America," produced by Rattlesnake Productions, of Bozeman, Montana. He is a frequent visiting lecturer at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Dobb lives in East Walkerville.