Historical photos of Crow tribal members visiting Livingston to debut during Art Walk

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Photo by John C. Haberstroh, courtesy of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum

Crow tribal members ride in a truck near Livingston in the 1930s. The photo is park of a collection of historical photographs to open during the Art Walk this Friday at Park Photo.

A collection of historic photographs depicting members of the Crow Tribe (Apsáalooke) visiting Livingston during the 1930s will open during the Art Walk this Friday. The photographs are by John Haberstroh, and are from the archives of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, according to a press release from the museum.

The exhibit will be on display at Park Photo — a new photo services shop, framing shop, and gallery focusing on regional historical photos — which is opening at 115 S. Main, during the art walk on Friday August 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until September 26.

Over several years during the 1930s, Crow Tribal members participated in the Livingston Roundup and street parade. The exhibit captures a time in America when the open-plains way of life was gone, yet there were still people whose memories bridged the gap between old times and the new, according to the release.

The images depict the Crow encampment in Livingston during the week of the rodeo, and scenes where 1930s fashion blends with traditional Crow ceremonial garb. Crow tribal members are seen camping, riding horses, posing for the camera, and dancing at the Roundup. There are also cameo appearances by businessman and first mayor of Livingston, A. W. Miles, along with self-proclaimed “Montana’s oldest cowboy” and friend of Charlie Russell, Pat Tucker.

John Haberstroh, a former co-owner of Sax and Fryer, actively photographed Livingston from the 1920s through the 1940s. This is the 4th exhibition in a series by Park Photo and the Yellowstone Gateway Museum presenting the newly discovered collection of large format negatives by John Haberstroh that have not been seen for many decades. For more information, contact Park Photo at 224-0125 or the Yellowstone Gateway Museum at 222-4184.