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Jun
13
Wednesday
Jun
13
Wed
Art :: Book Signing also Education :: Speaker
Brown Bag Lunch with author John Kuglin
12:00 PM
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Description:
The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, June 13. John Kuglin, a retired Montana Associated Press bureau chief, will speak about his new book, “Montana’s Dimple Knees Sex Scandal: 1960s Prostitution, Payoffs and Politicians.” The book is mostly about Beverly Snodgrass, who owned two Butte houses of prostitution in the 1960s. Snodgrass made a lot of poor choices. While running her brothels she fell deeply in love with a crooked politician, whom she nicknamed ''Dimple Knees.’’ When corrupt cops in uniform came to her businesses, it usually wasn’t to serve and protect but rather to collect payoffs. Things were never the same in Butte after Beverly Snodgrass told her story to a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune.

Kuglin, the reporter, recounts the scandal that rocked The Richest Hill on Earth and for a time made Dimple Knees the most famous name in Montana. The issue of Butte vice was a major issue in the 1968 race for governor, and Butte’s mayor, who said the people of Butte wanted prostitution and gambling, was voted out in the next municipal election. The forward is written by former Montana Congressman Pat Williams, who grew up in Butte. All royalties will be paid directly by the publisher to Butte Citizens for Historic Preservation and Revitalization.

Kuglin will be happy to autograph his book following the presentation. Books will be for sale at the archives bookstore.

The presentation will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.

Brown Bag Lunches are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Upcoming lectures will focus on topics of local interest. For more information, contact the Archives at 782-3280.
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Address: 17 West Quartz Street Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 14067823280

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