Ken Robison History
Independance Day parade.
Ken is an historian and preservationist and a chronicler of neglected Montana history at the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton and the Great Falls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Commission. Ken serves on the Board of Trustees of the Montana Historical Society and was named by the Society as a Montana Heritage Keeper in 2010. He is a board member and historian with the Big Sky Country National Heritage Area, the River and Plains Society in Fort Benton, and the Sun River Valley Historical Society. Ken was born and educated in Montana, graduating from the University of Montana, later adding an M.A. in Colonial History at George Mason University.
Captain Ken Robison, USN (retired) served in Naval Intelligence for nearly thirty years with eleven years of sea duty in the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the Vietnam War and Cold War contingency operations. During Operation Homecoming he served as escort and debriefer for senior Navy Prisoner of War James Bond Stockdale.
Ken is author of ten books including Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country: On the Trail from Montana's Fort Benton to Canada's Fort Macleod; Montanans in the Great War: Open Warfare Over There; World War I Montana: The Treasure State Prepares;Yankees and Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace; Montana Territory and the Civil War: A Frontier Forged on the Battlefield; Confederates in Montana: In the Shadow of Price’s Army; and Life and Death on the Upper Missouri: The Frontier Sketches of Johnny Healy. He has contributed to five other books including Montana: A Cultural Medley: Stories of Our Ethnic Diversity; The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859 to 1862; Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women’s Stories; Black Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in the West.
His latest book is titled Cold War Montana: From Stolen Secrets to the Ace in the Hole (Charleston: The History Press, October 2021)