Author Archives: Charlene Porsild

Bainville teacher receives Montana Centennial Bell Award for history education

This story originally appeared on  Written by Jonathon Ambarian. Monday was Montana’s 132nd birthday. The state joined the Union on November 8, 1889. In Helena, leaders marked the occasion by recognizing a teacher for her work to share Montana’s story with her students. April Wills, a fifth-grade teacher from Bainville, in northeastern Montana, received Read More »

Montana History Teacher of the Year helps ring in Statehood Day

This article originally appeared in the Independent Record.  Written by Nolan Lister. Every year on Nov. 8 at exactly 10:40 a.m., the Centennial Bell housed in the Montana Capitol building rotunda is rung by special guests to commemorate the Treasure State’s statehood. This year’s special guests were Bainville Public School teacher April Wills and some Read More »

Local museums looking to recover from limited visitation

This article originally appeared in The Lake County Leader.  By Zen Parry. Call any of the nine museums of the Mission Valley Museum consortium and you will likely be talking to the founder or a family member involved with the museum. Visit one of those museums and connections to our local community unfold as artifacts Read More »

Fort Owen hosting ‘Mud Party’ Saturday, Sept. 18

This article originally appeared in the Ravalli Republic.  By Perry Backus. Friends of Fort Owen invites the public to a “Mud Party” hands-on interpretive event on Saturday, Sept. 18, anytime between 11 am and 3 pm at Fort Owen State Park in Stevensville. Interpretive stations will focus on the art and science of making adobe Read More »

Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust completes building stucco restoration

This article originally appeared in the Laurel Outlook. The exterior stucco restoration and painting of the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust’s historic building in Red Lodge was recently completed. The weeks of hard work and skilled craftsmanship are readily visible to all who pass by or visit the building. The historic building was built in Read More »

“Showcasing Home”

By: Hannah Clemenson History Hikes and Walks continues this summer in downtown Helena, guiding locals and tourists alike through the landscape and its colorful history.  These experiences are made engaging and educational by the guides that lead our hikes and walks. Zach Coe is one of them.  He’s a Helena native with a master’s degree Read More »

Friends of Fort Owen on the Hunt for Wild Clay

This article originally appeared in the Ravalli Republic.  Written by Michelle McConnaha. The Friends of Fort Owen State Park are asking for community help in searching for a deposit of clay or sticky silt in the Bitterroot Valley, to help with a restoration project. The original exterior adobe wall of the East Barracks has been Read More »

Ekalaka Community Plants Heritage Orchard to Preserve Homesteader History

This story originally appeared in the Independent Record.  Written by Brett French. An Ekalaka-area rancher’s desire to preserve old apple trees growing on abandoned homesteads is bearing fruit through a preservation program. To save the old trees, portions of their limbs will be cut off in the fall and grafted onto 10 root stock trees Read More »

New Chapter Begins: Fort Owen Reopens to the Public on July 1

This story originally appeared in the Ravalli Republic.  Written by Perry Backus. A new chapter is set to begin soon at Fort Owen State Park. On July 1, the gates will officially open to one of Montana’s smallest state parks that preserves a place with a long and storied past. For the first time since Read More »

Helena History Comes Alive with New Guided Tours

This story originally aired on KTVH.  Written by Andy Curtis. The idea of time travel may seem pretty appealing for many, especially after making it through 2020. Unless you just happen to have a DeLorean, though, it’s probably not a very realistic option. But luckily for people in Helena, the next best thing to a Read More »