Historical class photo on the steps of Main Hall.

The Campaign:
Inspired by the past.
Building for the future.

The Legacy Campaign for the University of Montana Western invites the campus and community to celebrate the university’s rich traditions in higher education and usher in the future.

Those who have been touched by the Montana Western campus can now be part of the legacy of one of Montana’s highly esteemed universities as we work to complete the renovation of Main Hall and build a new outdoor space, Legacy Plaza.

UMW's Main Hall in a morning sunrise.

Main Hall:
restoring a legacy.

For over 120 years, the Main Hall complex on the campus of Montana Western has served as one of southwestern Montana’s most iconic landmarks. Main Hall’s legacy continues to bring together both campus and community. The three-phase renovation restores Main Hall’s historic features and incorporates innovative technologies.

Concept art of the legacy plaza.

Legacy Plaza:
at the crossroads.

The construction of Legacy Plaza creates an impressive outdoor space at the foot of Main Hall. The space creates a crossroads for campus and community, and gives Montana Western a space to appreciate and enjoy our beautiful campus. The plaza will serve as a venue for many university and community activities.

plaza map

Click on the icons to view details on plaza features.

Richard M. Shanahan Architects, Inc. | Bozeman, Mont.

Kenneth R. Sievert | historical architect | Great Falls, Mont.

Michael E. Potter, ASLA | landscape architect | Bozeman, Mont.

Legacy Circle will include inscribed bricks to recognize donors who want to create their own Montana Western legacy.

Alumni Path recognizes the achievements of past and future Montana Western graduates with inscribed bricks.

Learning Place celebrates Montana Western’s beginnings as Montana’s premier teacher education program.

concept art of learning place

Patriots Circle pays tribute to our veterans, military members and all those who support them.

concept art of patriots circle

Crossroads Amphitheater will serve as a venue for outdoor performances, lectures and classes.

concept art of legacy plaza

The Sculpture Garden will be a designated place for Montana Western’s fine art program to display students’ work.

Dedicated benches, trees and lamp posts give another way to recognize those who support Montana Western.

concept art of sculpture garden
Benches on a campus sidewalk.

Three Ways to Give:
creating you own legacy.

  1. Make a cash donation to help complete the restoration of Main Hall and build Legacy Plaza.Give now.
  2. Buy a Legacy Brick with individualized message to help pave the plaza.Buy now.
  3. Take advantage of a naming opportunity to create a legacy for you or your organization.
    Find out more.