One of Montana's most long-lived chroniclers was photographer L.A. Huffman who arrived at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory from Iowa in 1878 & spent the next 50 years documenting life in Eastern Montana. As the Buffalo Bill Center of the West notes: "Huffman started a small cattle ranch, served as a hunting guide, and hunted animals himself, always taking along his 50-pound homemade camera and often developing his photos on the spot. His experiments with exposure and lens openings allowed him to capture action shots of early roundups and cowboy activities that are unique for his time. His subject matter was also novel, particularly in his photographing of American Indians performing traditional activities. Consequently, his images of Plains Indians and early cowboy ranching scenes are considered some of the best of this era."
After retiring from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Club member Gene Allen, with wife Bev, began collecting Huffman photographs. Their recent book, The Collotypes of L.A. Huffman: Montana Frontier Photographer, will be available for sale at the dinner & program. Please call 442.5980 or email Terra@mtclub.org to make reservations.