Two free cultural events at The History Museum this week

The History Museum is hosting two free events this week.

Historian and author Ken Robison will present Oct. 10 on his latest book “Montanans in the Great War: Open Warfare Over There.”

A free reception hosted by Great Falls American Legion Posts 3 and 341 begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by Robison’s presentation, a question and answer session and a book signing in the Ozark Club.

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The History Museum is located at 422 2nd St. S.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.

Robison’s extensive research explores the experiences of soldiers, nurses and other individuals; a portion is based on archival documents preserved here at the Cascade County Historical Society, also known as The History Museum.

On Oct. 12, the museum will be host to a piano and vocal recital featuring works by Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and Chaminade performed by pianist Melissa Smith and tenor David Saslav.

The recital will be held in the Ozark Club and is free and open to the public, though donations are encouraged.

Smith is a Havre native and a pianist and teacher, who has recently relocated to Great Falls, according to a release from The History Museum. She has performed solo recitals and had collaborated with pianists, singers, instrumentals, theater groups and opera companies throughout her career. She currently is the worship service pianist at Faith Lutheran Church and at the Church of the Incarnation in Great Falls.

According to a release, Saslav’s opera appearances spanned the late 1990s and early 2000s. He sang the dual role of Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Bayshore Lyric Opera’s 1997 production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and Lloyd St. Pierre in David Scott Marley’s 1999 Berkeley Opera production, “Daughter of the Cabinet.” He then premiered the role of The Pilot in Mark Alburger’s 2000 opera, “The Little Prince.” He portrayed Haemon in Alburger’s, “Antigone,” and Alan Shepard in Dave Meckler’s, “Tocatta di Luna: Apollo 14.” He also sang in opera choruses for the City Opera Theater (Janacek’s “Jenufa”) and two Lamplighter Gala productions.  Since his opera days, Saslav has focused on solo recital work. He currently resides in central Montana with his wife Melissa Smith.

For more information please contact The History Museum at 406-452-3462 or kscott@thehistorymuseum.org.