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tv   Extreme History of Bozeman Montana  CSPAN  August 17, 2019 11:46am-11:56am EDT

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our look at bozeman continues. crystal: we are here in the extreme history project offices which used to be a historic brothel. extreme history is a nonprofit that is located here in bozeman. we bring history to the public in fund engaging and relevant ways. tourshistoric walking throughout the summer. we do a lecture series in the winter and we do workshops and other events around history. we try to get people to engage in history. what better way then in a historic brothel? in the 1980's, there was a real push to uncover more of the
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social history. in doing that, there is more to history than just wars and generals and all of those things that we have been studying as historians for many years. we started looking at women's history. we started looking at minority community history. we really discovered that there is so much more to tell within these narratives that we constructed over the years. that is really how the extreme history project was formed. a colleague of mine started thinking about all of the stories that you are not hearing about the people who founded like marion richard mcdonald, standing mill lewis, lizzie williams who was an african-american woman who came here and started a business on main street. we started looking at these histories and trying to plug those in because they weren't
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here. they were left out. in 1891 bywas built one of our founding fathers. he actually built this house as a brothel. right in the middle of the red light district. uproar about that from some of the bozeman citizens. were not have to assess especially the ladies of the town of foes photos and get it anyway. he built this building and this house. it to a woman named libby hayes. she was one of our more long-term madams that worked out of this house. she was here from about 1900 to 1912. we call this the libby hayes house because she was her the longest. she was the madam in this house.
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women came and went but she always stated. she moved out in 1912 and died shortly thereafter. she was young when she died she was only 34 years old. cancerd of uterine probably from her line of work. kentucky then came out west at an early age with her sisters. worked in this red light district. her sisters worked in the same line of business. they lived just down the street and worked out of a house down the street. at 34.ied her sister also died very young at twentysomething. probably venereal disease that was a result of her work here in this district. lived to be 90r
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something. she died in 1964. after this red like district shutdown, she moved to casper, wyoming and she finished out her life they are in the entertainment business. , we often tellrs the story of the three sisters that we can now tell the story of libby from this house that she worked in. we know about some other but we don'ten always have the stories behind these women who lived more transient lifestyles like prostitutes area and we are excited to be able to tell more of those stories. he gives us an excuse to dig into the stories and flush them out whereas we might not have the opportunity to do that. we have been excited about learning more about libby hayes, lizzie woods, martha huss, some of the women who worked in this
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house and lived and worked in this district. we find that their lives are fascinating. justhave a rich full lives like mo wilson did. they contributed to this community just like any other woman living here. they went to church and supported the church and library. school wasary located just down the street. this was integral to the town and the community. these women were, as well. we try to separate them and to segregate them from this town but they were part of this town and they helped build this town just like any other women living here. on the census records that are usually five girls who work here altogether. it was not a house with a lot of working girls but there were always a few. in bozeman's red light district,
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we had eight houses. in reality, that is not as many as other towns but in those houses, there were usually five or six girls. so 40 something girls living in this red light district. this was probably a very lively place in its day. there was a lot of fun being had. a lot of drinking and music and dancing. a fun location. there was also just to juxtapose that, there was a lot of violence that happened in this red light district as well. between the women themselves then also between men and women. i don't want to portray this as a fun time had by all. it really was not. these women worked very hard. they didn't always make a lot of money.
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of madams did but not a lot the others did. there was a lot of violence that happened here. there was a lot of drinking and probably drug use. women died of drug overdose. opium, morphine, laudanum overdose. there was a lot of suicide in this district. also was fun but there was a tragedy here as well. this house eventually becomes a center for history. a center for people who can come and do research, learn about the history of bozeman. this community has its own history but it ties into the national history. >> our cities tour staff recently traveled to bozeman,
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montana. to watch more video from bozeman and other stops, visit c-span.org/cities tour. you are watching american history tv all weekend every weekend on c-span3. 50 years ago, woodstock attracted nearly half a million people to a dairy farm in upstate new york. next, the director of the museum at the woods described how the three-day rock concert ended up , miles from the town of woodstock. >> the festival organizers originally planned to have it in woodstock which is about 60 miles northeast of here. woodstock, new york was a bohemian community and a lot of musicians lived there off and on including bob dylan, the band, richie havens, and others.

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