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MSU hosts Story Mansion public meeting on March 23

March 21, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman - Montana State University will host a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Longfellow School to discuss its plans for developing Bozeman's Story Mansion into a university humanities institute.

Bob Lashaway, associate vice president for finance and administration, and Bob Rydell, executive director of the Humanities Institute as well as chairman of MSU's Department of History and Philosophy, will be on hand to answer questions from the public, including those about possible impacts on parking and zoning. The mansion occupies a city block on South Willson near the MSU campus.

The Bozeman city commission has given the university an opportunity to raise money to buy the mansion, which was built by T. Byron Story, son of Bozeman pioneer Nelson Story. The institute would offer visiting lectures, short-term courses for the public and a place for faculty and students to do research. The MSU Humanities Institute has received approval from the Montana Board of Regents.

"There will be a strong community aspect to what we are trying to do here, so we would like input from the neighborhood," said Sara Jayne Steen, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. "We think this is an ideal point of connection between the university and the community."

For more information about the MSU Humanities Institute, contact Rydell at 994-4395.

Contact: Bob Rydell (406) 994-4395, rwrydell@montana.edu