Fort Connah, Paradise among preservation grant recipients

Posted April 8, 2019

This story originally appeared in The Missoulian on Sunday, April 7, 2019

Fort Connah near St. Ignatius is getting its roof fixed. The Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton is developing a Glacial Lake Missoula exhibit. Seeley Lake is reconstructing the historic Maloney cabin on museum grounds. Paradise is restoring the bell tower of its historic elementary school.

Some 33 preservation projects around Montana have received up to $5,000 each from the record $134,451 divvied up in the Montana History Foundation’s 2019 round of grants. Since 2012, the Helena-based foundation has awarded annual grants to projects and organizations that work to preserve and protect Montana’s historic legacy.

“Awarding grants is the most important thing we do every year,” MHF president/CEO Charlene Porsid said in a news release Friday. “The future of these history projects relies on grant funding, and we are delighted to impact the future of Montana’s history by offering support.”