|Title||HISTORY OF MONTANA - THE ARTS, EDUCATION, AND THE SCIENCES, THE|
|Artist||Beauchamp, John W. "Jack" (1906-1957)|
|Dimensions||H-67.25 W-132.25 inches|
This is one of a series of murals collectively titled "The History of Montana." These murals were commissioned by saloon manager Kenny Egan for his Mint Cigar Store and Tavern which was located at 20-1/2 North Main Street in downtown Helena. The murals were removed from the walls of the Mint in 1960, prior to that building's demolition. The paintings were originally loaned to MHS by members of the Connors Family, and then donated to the Society in 1981.
This mural depicts scenes and figures representing the arts, education, and science. This includes (roughly left to right): A choir director, choir, and violinist; a blond actress holding a mask; Charlie Russell painting; a teacher with a group of students; two boys playing with a toy airplane; two men in black robes holding books; scientists wearing white lab coats; and a woman comforting a sick child. The teacher stands in front of a blackboard on which is written: " --and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."