Cartography Comes Alive by Xplorer Maps - A Storytelling Event
Cartography Comes Alive by Xplorer Maps - A Storytelling Event

Join us at Xplorer Maps' new world headquarters in Missoula, MT, for our monthly event, Cartography Comes Alive. This engaging series (excluding July and August) invites you to explore the profound connection between people and place through the art of cartography. Each month, we host extraordinary explorers, captivating storytellers, and knowledgeable educators who will share their incredible tales with fellow adventure seekers, travel enthusiasts, national park aficionados, and history buffs. Secure your spot early, as seating is limited for this one-of-a-kind event that promises to bring maps to life in a way you've never experienced before!

Admission Details

Admission to Cartography Comes Alive is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to secure their spot early by picking up their ticket(s) at the Xplorer Maps store. To accommodate all guests, any unclaimed reserved seats will be opened up to walk-in attendees at 5:30 PM on a first-come, first-served basis.

📍 Location: 1245 S 3rd St W, Missoula


We are eagerly preparing for the event to ensure everything is in perfect order for your enjoyment. To facilitate our setup process and ensure the venue is ready for your arrival, we kindly request that you refrain from arriving before 5:00 PM.

Important Reminders:

Please arrive by 5:20 PM. If you've picked up a ticket but don't make it by 5:30, we'll give your seat away. Admission for non-ticket holders is not guaranteed and will depend on availability. We recommend arriving promptly at 5:30 PM to increase your chances of getting a seat. This event is open to all ages, and we especially encourage children to attend with their parents. Prepare to be inspired and empowered. Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the world of cartography and storytelling. See you there!

If you have any questions please give us a call at 406-546-4972.

Pioneering in the 20th Century with Ramona Holt.

Xplorer Maps invites you to an unforgettable evening at our world headquarters in Missoula, MT, on June 12, 2024, for Cartography Comes Alive. Journey through the rich history of 20th-century pioneering with Montana legend, Ramona Holt. Experience her family's vibrant legacy, deeply rooted in rodeo, ranching, logging, agriculture, historical preservation, and tourism during this engaging live storytelling event. From becoming the first female graduate in Fisheries Management west of the Mississippi to a vibrant life of ranching, rodeo, horse shows, and art show fundraisers, my journey has been nothing short of adventurous. Initially raising Hereford cattle before switching to Longhorns, I was the first to export Longhorn cattle to Australia. Forty years in professional rodeo opened doors to friendships with people most only read about, including a performance before the Queen of England. My travels took me across the western United States, Canada, and Australia.

As my husband was an auctioneer, we were invited to auction at numerous fundraisers, showcasing renowned artists and their works from Texas to Northern Alberta. After our final rodeo contract in 1999, we decided to house all our cherished memories in a museum at our ranch. Thus, the Holt Heritage Center was born, featuring the Holt Heritage Museum (our original horse barn with an addition), Carriage House, Church of the Blessed Mother Mary, Library, Wagon Barn, and a 125-year-old log cabin.

At the Holt Heritage Center, these memories come to life, offering a rich, immersive experience for all who visit.

Ramona Holt, a proud Montanan for over 50 years, alongside her late husband Bill, spent about 35 years dedicated to professional rodeo. Immersed in rodeo, ranching, logging, agriculture, and more, they raised their family in the heart of Montana's rugged landscape.

As owners of the Historic Museum in Lolo, the Holts have curated a remarkable collection showcasing the story of cowboys, Native American tribes, and the legendary Lolo Trail used by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806.