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Nominations for 30th Centennial Bell Award

March 4, 2019

For Immediate Release – Friday, March 1, 2019 30th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award honoring the Montana History Teacher of the Year, grades 4th-6th.  Nominations due by March 29, 2019. Montana elementary principals, superintendents, fellow teachers or librarians from public and private schools statewide are requested to nominate a 4th-6th grade teacher in their school Read More »

Zion records Teton Canyon residents’ stories

February 22, 2019

This story ran in the Choteau Acantha on February 20, 2019. In 2018, the Old Trail Museum, with the help of the community in providing matching funds, applied for and received a grant from the Montana History Foundation to conduct oral interviews of people of the Teton River Canyons. The resulting Teton Canyon Oral Interviews Read More »

Historic Baxendale Schoolhouse relocated to Archie Bray grounds in Helena

January 24, 2019

After several months of planning, the historic Baxendale Schoolhouse was moved from the Wassweiler Dinner House & Pub west of Helena to a temporary new home on the grounds of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts on Wednesday.  Faced with a lack of parking space, the owners of the restaurant donated the schoolhouse to Read More »

Saved by the Bell

November 29, 2018

SAVED BY THE BELL New Home For Helena’s Baxendale Schoolhouse After three decades of helping owners across the state save endangered buildings, the Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) will adopt and move the historic Baxendale Schoolhouse west of Helena in early December. Marci and Bob Andersen, owners of the Wassweiler Steakhouse located on US Highway 12 Read More »

29th Centennial Bell Awarded to Tony Coppola

November 8, 2018

Tony Coppola, 9th grade teacher at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky, MT is the winner of the 29th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award honoring the Montana History teacher of the Year. A native of Wooster, Ohio, Coppola attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he double majored in History and Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Read More »

Antiques Appraisal Fair brings heirlooms and artifacts from around the state

September 28, 2018

By Bethany Monroe DeBorde, The River Press From Charlie Russell artwork to Ming dynasty porcelain and Native American artifacts, Saturday’s Antiques Appraisal Fair in Fort Benton drew a wide variety of unique items brought from all over Montana. Organizers initially sold out of appraisal tickets, but the appraisers agreed to stay late, evaluating about 260 items for the public over the course of the day, said Read More »

Unknown but not forgotten: Restoring historic cemeteries

July 16, 2018

“Cemeteries aren’t often on the top of the list when considering Montana’s cultural heritage. However, the state is home to hundreds of historic burial sites that provide a glimpse into the past and the people who made our future possible.”  Click here to read the rest of the article from the Great Falls Tribune.    Read More »

Canine Forensics Team Investigates Chinese Gold Rush-Era Burial Ground Outside Helena

July 11, 2018

Beyond the fences of the Forestvale Cemetery, hidden in tufts of cheatgrass, sage and prickly pear, the stories of Montana’s foreign pioneers decay in heavy thumbprint depressions in the ground. As many as 200 Chinese immigrants were buried beyond the gothic arches, but the blank patch of prairie outside Forestvale wasn’t their final resting place—at least it wasn’t meant Read More »