The Western Heritage Center has a new exhibit at the museum called “Shots felt ‘Round Montana: Maurice Hilleman and the Montana origins of the fights against pandemics. The program is part of a partnership with the Humanities Montana and Carter County Museum in rural Ekalaka, Montana. 

The press release from the Western Heritage Center says “Shots felt ‘Round Montana” is part of Carter County Museum’s traveling exhibit about Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a microbiologist who grew up in poverty in Miles City, Montana. Dr. Hilleman saved millions of children from infectious, communicable diseases and laid down the groundwork for the fight against pandemic diseases. 

“We are delighted to work with the Western Heritage Center to share this incredible story. Dr. Hilleman’s inspiring achievements add so much to our history as a region and state, and we want everyone to learn more about his work and its ongoing impact, which may save up to 8 million people each year,” said Executive Director for the Carter County Museum, Sabre Moore. 

The story of Dr. Hilleman comes to life from collections donated to the Museum of the Rockies by Hilleman’s family and newspaper articles describing the accounts of infectious diseases from Montana history. 

‘Shots felt ‘Round Montana’ was first displayed last year in Ekalaka The touring exhibit was made possible by a project grant from Humanities Montana. There will also be a free screening in August of a documentary about Dr. Hilleman, with a panel discussion to follow. 

Kevin Kooistra said the traveling exhibit shows the outstanding work done at the Carbon County Museum. “We really encourage guests to consider more remote places like Ekalaka, an example of a tiny Montana town offering exceptional experiences for those interested in the region, ranging from paleontology to geology to historical.”

The traveling exhibit will be at the Western Heritage Center until August 27. Click here for a complete list of programs, exhibits, and more at the Western Heritage Center, or call 406-256-6809.