A native Montanan, Dr. Rust has been an associate professor of history at MSU-Billings since 1999. He received a BA in history from the University of Minnesota, an MA in history from the University of Denver, and a PhD at the University of Leicester. His work in U.S. military history, particularly the nineteenth-century west, has been published in the journal Military History of the West. He has conducted and published both historical and archaeological research ranging from ancient Rome to the American West.
Lost Fort Ellis: A Frontier History of Bozemanby Thomas C. Rust PhD
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Established in 1867 in the Gallatin Valley of Montana, Fort Ellis played a key role in the development of the Montana frontier. From post commanders attacking the town to restoring order when riotous mobs got out of control, explore the ambivalent, albeit contentious, relationship from 1867 to 1886 between the civilians and soldiers in whimsical but dramatic fashion. Competing visions of economic and military conditions on the frontier led to a complex relationship that has all the drama of a Hollywood western. Join MSU-Billings history professor Dr. Thomas C. Rust as he examines the fort's impact on the social and economic development of early Bozeman, the problems of military command and the dynamics of the soldier-civilian interaction on Montana's frontier.
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