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Keith Edgerton currently teaches early American history, environmental history, and Montana history, at Montana State University-Billings where he has been a professor of history there for the last 24 years and where he is currently the chair of the history department there. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University. He has published and has spoken on a variety of western history topics including his true passion, Lewis and Clark. He has published two books, one on the history of the Montana Highway Patrol and one based on his doctoral research entitled Montana Justice: Power, Punishment, and the Penitentiary published by the University of Washington Press in 2005. Keith lives in Billings with his “amore” and significant other, Professor Lenette Kosovich. They love to cook, travel, make killer home brew, and in the summer canoe through the scenic White Cliffs region of the upper Missouri. Between them they have five boys in various states of adulthood.
What Our Travelers Say
- Nancy R., In the Wake of Lewis and Clark
Keith was always informed, eager to engage, friendly and smart. It was great having him along...His lectures were interesting and he seemed never stumped by a question.
- Susan C., In the Wake of Lewis and Clark
Hard to imagine someone with a deeper understanding of the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In addition, Keith was a wonderful presenter.