Thomas Francis Meagher Association
PO Box 1916
Helena, Montana 59624
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The Thomas Francis Meagher Association announces details re upcoming MeagherFest ’17. This international history/culture/arts exchange festival commemorates the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish patriot who became Montana’s first acting territorial governor. (He’s the statue on the Montana state capital lawn.)
Part I of the festival opens in Waterford Ireland (Meagher’s birthplace, 1823) March 3 – 5, 2017. Part II concludes June 30 – July 2 in Helena Montana, July 1 being the actual 150th anniversary of Meagher’s mysterious disappearance in Ft. Benton, 1867. He was not quite 44 years old; his body was never recovered.
Meagher’s brief but colorful life touches two world cultures and touches four continents; his legacy remains as relevant today as a century and a half ago, especially for Montana. His legislation, often bitterly contested, laid the groundwork for Yellowstone Park, the Montana National Guard, religious and education reform, Native American relations and ultimately, Montana statehood.
Festival events include, but are not limited to historical presentations, demonstrations, guided tours to relative historic sites, panel discussion by field experts, music, dance and poetry, kids’ activities, and more.
For details, visit meagherfest.org and follow/like the Thomas Francis Meagher Association on FB. TFMA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and can be contacted through the website.