The Western Heritage Center is a central repository for historical resources for the Yellowstone River region and Eastern Montana. The museum’s photograph, oral history, and historic document collection is growing rapidly. Collections include photograph donations from the PPL and its closed coal-burning plant, a World War I post card collection, and regional family collections that document the Yellowstone River Valley places and events.
Montana History Foundation funded the Western Heritage Center in 2017 to purchase additional archival supplies to store photographs in the on-site archival photo room. By creating a new, state-of-the-art archival system, this project enabled the Western Heritage Center to continue expanding collections and honoring the Yellowstone River area and Eastern Montana history.
Photo 1 – Main Street Red Lodge
Photo 2 – Billings Flood 1937