2017 LRL PDS Agenda


Logo for the 2017 Legislative Research Librarian staff section PDS in Helena, MontanaCome to Big Sky country and see Montana's beautiful Capital city.

A full slate of sessions is being planned for you that includes topics such as Being a State Employee During Difficult Times, and The Montana Constitutional Convention. We’ll also have programming from the Montana State Library and Law Library, a historical train tour and the Gates to the Mountains boat tour.


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6 p.m.

Welcome Dutch Treat Dinner @ Bert & Ernie's

8:30-9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9-10 a.m.

Welcome to Helena!



  • Sonia Gavin, legislative librarian
  • Susan Fox, executive director, Montana Legislative Services Division
  • Chuck Truesdell, NCSL staff chair
10-11 a.m.

Montana Stock Growers Association



  • Jay Bodner
11 a.m.-Noon

Historic Helena Tour Train


Last Chance Tour Trains offer historic tours of Helena aboard open-air tour trains. See the opulent mansion district, marvel at the Cathedral of St. Helena, and roll by our governor’s homes. Cruise by a restored miners’ village, enjoy the unique architecture along Last Chance Gulch, and catch a glimpse of the Old Fire Tower. It’s the fun way to see beautiful and historic Helena!

Noon-2 p.m.

Lunch and What's up in Your Library?


Grab a bite and dish about what's new and going on in your library.

2-3 p.m.

Tour of the Montana State Capitol

Get an inside look at the beautiful Montana Capitol building with expert tour guide Bobi Harris.

3-4 p.m.

Tour of the Montana State Law Library 


Get an in depth and behind the scenes look at the State Law Library

4-5 p.m.

Expecting the Unexpected


6-7:30 p.m. Dutch Treat Dinner
FRIDay, SEPT. 15
8:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9-11 a.m.

Public Employees During Difficult Times




  • Patrick B. Edgar, director, Montana State Professional Development Center

Montana Constitutional Convention


  • Greg Petesch, retired director, Legal Services/Code Commissioner
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-3 p.m.

State Library Programs


Explore the innovative and wide ranging programs made available by the Montana State Library.

3-5 p.m. Montana Historical Society
6 p.m. Dinner at Sonia's
9-10 a.m. Business Meeting/Continental Breakfast
10-11 a.m. Depart for the "Gates to the Mountains" tour
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gates to the Moutains boat tour


Join us as we tour the iconic Gates to the Moutains. Sail up the Missouri river, following in the footsteps of the historic expedition of Lewis and Clark into the Montana wilderness.

1-2 p.m. Return to Helena
2-3:30 p.m. Farewell Dutch Treat Lunch