This blog is to chronicle summer 2017 spent in Virginia City, Montana as a Student Archivist working for the Montana Historical Society and the Madison County Clerk and Recorder Office. With at least one post a week.
Stepping onto the streets of Virginia City is like stepping into a time capsule. For buildings have been left just as they were when their inhabitants left them. The Wild West comes alive in this town in more ways than one. This past weekend, I spent my birthday trolling the streets of Virginia City (VC) complete with Brothel Day hosted by the Bale of Haye Saloon the famed oldest drinking hole in the state. I know that I will enjoy my summer here working knee deep in government records dating to the 1860s. The people are so kind, generous, and laid back. I love how everything is walkable although life would be more complete if they was a grocer. Nonetheless, the times to leave VC is taking more advantage to explore the rest of Madison County. I love waking up in the mornings to see the sun shining brightly through the mountains. Even if it means at times this Florida girl is buried under blankets and freezing. Its bearable because it is soooo BEAUTIFUL here with the MAJESTIC mountains everywhere. This is God's Country to use a local term.
Today, I started working on the what lays ahead of me. First, off is figuring out the proper way to rehouse documents. While working in the Madison County Clerk and Recorders Office, I have to keep in mind that even though the documents might be older they are still live legal documents. Which like every challenge has its positives and negatives. There are soo many cool documents though from Land Deeds to Marriage Certificates to Voter Registration Cards to Water Rights to Surveys to Mining Records. You name it the probably they have it and more.
Pictures of Beautiful Montana where a soul feels free!!