Belle Fligelman Winestine Interview, August 10, 1977


Diane Sands



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Belle Fligelman Winestine describes growing up in Helena, Montana, the death of her mother and being raised by her aunt until her father remarried. She discusses the New York Dry Goods Company, a large department store her father owned, and the Jewish community in Helena. She talks about life during the Great Depression and her efforts to get protective legislation for women and children workers. Winestine talks about her work with Jeannette Rankin and Carrie Chapman Catt on the women’s suffrage movement.


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Document Type

Oral History


Helena, Montana; Jewish community, Montana; Great Depression; Montana politics; Women workers, Montana; Child labor, Montana; Women’s suffrage movement, Montana; Carrie Chapman Catt; Jeannette Rankin; New York Dry Goods Company, Helena, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 049-068, 069

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:33:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_068_069.mp3; OH_049_068_069.pdf

Belle Fligelman Winestine Interview, August 10, 1977