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Secretary Christi Jacobsen joins Montanans across Big Sky Country celebrating Montana’s birthday

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen joins Montanans across Big Sky Country in celebrating the state’s birthday on Wednesday.

Montana became the 41st state in the nation on November 8, 1889. Wednesday marks Montana’s 134th birthday.

“We’re blessed to call this beautiful state home,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “Montanans are proud of our state’s heritage, appreciative of our public lands and recreation opportunities, and grateful that we live in what is truly the Last Best Place.”

“I’m honored to serve this incredible state,” she continued.

Earlier in the day, Secretary Jacobsen announced the winners of the 2023 U.S. Constitution Contest, after having received submissions from students across Montana. Secretary Jacobsen’s civics website,, has valuable resources for Montana youth, parents, and teachers, including information about the state constitution and each of Montana’s 56 counties.

Additional resources and fun facts, some of which are included below, can be found through the state’s “Montana Kids” website.

Secretary Jacobsen shared some recent favorite photos from around Montana, and encourages Montanans to share their favorite photos of the Treasure State by sharing them in the comments of her Facebook page here.

Montana Fun Facts

  • 41st state to enter the Union (November 8, 1889).
  • Fourth largest state in the nation (147,000 square miles).
  • Agate and Sapphire are the state gemstones.
  • Huckleberry became the state fruit following House Bill 880 in 2023.
  • Montana nicknames include: Big Sky Country, Treasure State, Last Best Place, and Land of Shining Mountains.