Montana History Foundation

Established in 1985, the Montana History Foundation seeks to preserve the legacy of Montana's past.  With an eye on the future, the Foundation's central goal is to generate public support to save the rich cultural heritage and historic resources of Montana. 

Our approach is both creative and personal -- offering donors the opportunity to connect with and support unique projects of special interest to them and historical importance to Montana. The Montana History Foundation gives supporters the chance to truly make a difference and in the process, become a part of history.

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MHF Announces Appointment

of New President/Chief Executive Officer



The Board of Directors of the Montana History Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlene Porsild, PhD as President and CEO.  A native of Canada’s Yukon, Dr. Porsild is an historian, administrator, and fundraiser with over 25 years of experience in higher education, museums, archives, and the nonprofit sector. Her expertise in western history is evidenced by a substantial publication record, including co-authorship of Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman, published by the Montana Historical Society Press, 2009.  Charlene returns to Montana after 10 years in New Mexico – eight years as professor and administrator at the University of New Mexico, and nearly two years as Chief Development Officer and Co-Director of the world-renowned Santa Fe Indian Market.  Charlene was Director of the Library, Archives, and Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society from 2001-2005 and is excited to be back in Helena with her husband, UNM Press editor and publisher Clark Whitehorn, and their son Noah Whitehorn. 


Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses


Second Printing Now Available!  Visit our Store page to order.


Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses. Net profits from the sale of this beautiful book will be used to preserve one-room schoolhouses in Montana.

This year the Montana State Library and Humanities Montana selected Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses as the book to represent Montana to the rest of the nation at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC on August 30, 2014.

MHF Preserve Montana Fund Grants 2015

Click here for Amended Project Budget Form

Click here to view 2015 Criteria and Guidelines

Click here for the general grant application form for nonprofit organizations, government entities, and fiscal sponsors

Click here for the schoolhouse grant application

MHF Preserve Montana Fund Grants 2014

2014 PMF Grants Final Report Form

Click here to view 2014 grant winners announcement

MHF Preserve Montana Fund Grants 2013

2013 PMF Grants Final Report Form

Click here to view 2013 grant winners announcement

MHF Preserve Montana Fund Grants 2012

Click here to view 2012 grant winners announcement

Now Playing... Virginia City . . . Where History Lives!


Virginia City Promo


You can order a copy of this DVD "Virginia City ... Where History Lives!" on our Store page. 

Click here to view our Annual Report