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North Lake County Public Library Hosts Neal Lewing

North Lake County Public Library in Polson will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Meagher of the Sword: Montana's First Governor, Thomas Francis Meagher” presented by Neal Lewing on March 22, 2016. The program will be held in the library’s meeting room at 4:00 p.m. 

This living history presentation is free and open to the public.

Neal Lewing is a local actor, singer/songwriter, recording artist, playwright, poet, storyteller, author and historian. Managing director of the Port Polson Players theatre, Neal served as Musical Advisor to the Custer Reenactment in Hardin, and a term on the Montana Arts Council. His band, the Montana ShamRockers, was commissioned to write songs to honor first territorial governor T.F. Meagher.


Thomas Francis Meagher lived a colorful life of adventure, from humble beginnings in Ireland to Montana’s first territorial governor. In between, he led Irish rebels, escaped from Van Diemen’s Land, toured the United States on a lecture circuit, designed the Irish tricolor flag, and distinguished himself as a Civil War general. His final disappearance in Ft. Benton remains an unsolved mystery. This is the story, in folklore, music, and his own words, of the man commemorated in the statue that graces the Montana State Capitol’s front lawn.


Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, please call North Lake County Public Library at 406-883-8225.