The Western Heritage Center

An Archival Introduction My first visit to an archive was to the Western Heritage Center, here in my hometown of Billings Montana. In addition to being a wonderful chance to learn about local history, it was a fantastic introduction to the archival process. I, being a...

Things I’ve Learned After Two Weeks in the Archives

1. I have to plan for water breaks. Water isn’t allowed in most of the archives I’m visiting (this makes sense: water…old historical documents in ink… these don’t mix.) As a result, however, I did not drink any water yesterday, not...

Building the Music that Built the West

It was my effort, in depicting the West, to depict it as it was —  Buffalo Bill Cody I’m far from the first person to attempt a depiction of the West. From Buffalo Bill Cody to John Wayne, to Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. I’m joining a long line of...