Event Detail

This event has already taken place! Please make sure you are in the correct year. ×
F. Scott Fitzgeralds Montana ConnectionsCommunity :: Lecture also Arts :: Book Events
F. Scott Fitzgeralds Montana Connections
7:00 PM
Lewis and Clark Library
The public is invited to the annual Stephen Ambrose Memorial Lecture featuring Stu Wilson: "Gold, Diamonds, Empire and the American Dream: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Montana Connections." A reception will follow the lecture.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, the acclaimed American author of The Great Gatsby, visited Montana in the summer of 1915 as a nineteen-year-old. He accompanied his Princeton friend, Sap Donohoe, on a visit to a cattle ranch near White Sulphur Springs and owned by Donohoe's father. Later, Fitzgerald set one of his most famous and fantastical short stories, "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," in Montana.

This talk will examine the historical underpinnings of the story, and Fitzgerald's background in Minnesota, including growing up in the shadow of the famous Great Northern railroad baron, James J. Hill, "The Empire Builder." The Montana settings and themes of the "Diamond" story will be explored, including possible inspirations for aspects of the short story. Finally, the lecture will look at the "Diamond" connections to Fitzgerald's masterwork, The Great Gatsby.

Stu Wilson is the Distinguished Speaker for the 2017 Ambrose Memorial Lecture. Wilson is the president of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the famous author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, particularly in his hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Wilson recently co-hosted the 14th international F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, and has presented numerous talks on various historical aspects of Fitzgerald. He recently oversaw the production of a new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home, by Dave Page.

In his work life, Wilson is a principal with the Library Strategies Consulting Group, and is the former executive director of Friends of the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, a foundation with chapters supporting and advocating for 41 local libraries. He holds a Master's degree in Architectural History from the University of Oregon, and an undergraduate degree, with majors in American History and Art History, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Age Group: Adults
Venue: Lewis and Clark Library
Address: 120 South Last Chance Gulch Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406.447.1690

Add Event to Calendar: