The Montana historical meme contest is back for it's 3rd year. The Montana State Library began the contest in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Participants get to sift through the Montana Memory Project's 35-thousand photos to create fun images out of history. Jennifer Birnel, director of the Montana Memory Project, says the contest is an opportunity for people to learn more about the state.

Birnel says there have been some fun winners in their past two contests, including an entry from a former employee from the Montana Historical Society:


The contest is broken down into three age groups - 10 to 18, 19 to 40, and 41 to 120, and entries must be submitted by May 13th. Library staff will select finalists for the contest and then the public will get to vote for the winners May 20th through 27th. Winners will receive history-themed grab bags of prizes, including four buy-one-get-one-free tickets to the Montana Historical Society and prints from Montana artists Charlie Russell and Stan Lynde.

The Montana State Library suggests using a meme generator online, which can be found on the Montana Meme-ory contest page.
May is historic preservation month.

- by Eric Tegethoff and Anne James -

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