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5 Fun Facts About March 8 In Montana History

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1. In 1895, the Montana State Legislature established the Montana State Orphans' Home in Twin Bridges. The home provided care and education to children who were orphaned or abandoned by their parents. March 8, 1895, marked the beginning of a new era in child welfare in Montana.

2. On March 8, 1909, the Montana Municipal League was founded in Helena. The league advocates for the interests of Montana cities and towns and promotes better municipal government. Today, the Montana Municipal League is a statewide organization with over 120 municipalities as members.

3. In 1921, the Montana Law Review was first published. The review is a scholarly legal journal published by the University of Montana's Alexander Blewett III School of Law. It features articles on legal issues that affect Montana and the West and has become a respected source of legal scholarship.

4. On March 8, 1935, the Montana state song, "Montana," was adopted by the Montana State Legislature. The song, with lyrics by C.E. "Buzz" Burwell and music by Joseph E. Howard, celebrates Montana's natural beauty and ruggedness. It is still the official state song of Montana today.

5. March 8, 2008, marked the grand opening of the Yellowstone Art Museum's new facility in Billings. The museum had outgrown its old location, and the new building offered expanded gallery space and improved facilities. Since opening, the museum has continued to showcase contemporary and historic art from Montana and the region.
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