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Fort Owen work will improve access, update important historical buildings

April 23, 2021

This story originally aired on KPAX. It’s one of Montana’s smallest, but most historically significant state parks. And now, with a major upgrade underway, Fort Owen is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. In the story of Montana’s settlement, tiny Fort Owen looms large. A transition point from the original St. Mary’s Mission, Read More »

Grant awarded for critical repairs at Fort Assinniboine

April 22, 2021

This story originally appeared in the Havre Daily News.  By Patrick Johnston. The Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association recently received a $10,000 grant from the Montana History Foundation, which will go toward repairing the Officers’ Amusement Hall’s roof to fix leaks discovered in 2019. Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association Chair Ron VandenBoom said the grant is a Read More »

Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust receives grant from Montana History Foundation

April 16, 2021

This article originally appeared in the Laurel Outlook. The Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust received a $10,000 grant from the Montana History Foundation for the exterior restoration of the stucco on the historic building in which the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust showcase original operating pre-World War II vehicles used in Yellowstone National Park. The Read More »

Museum receives MHF grant for heritage orchard

April 9, 2021

This story originally appeared in The Ekalaka Eagle. The Carter County Geological Society has received a grant of $6,740 from the Montana History Foundation to establish the Carter County Heritage Orchard at the Carter County Museum with the help of local ranchers, scientists, and volunteers. Funds will go towards grafting rootstock, fencing, compost, signage, and Read More »

Glaciers in the Bitterroot at Ravalli County Museum

December 3, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Bitterroot Star.  Written by Michael Howell. A new exhibit, “Ice Ace Floods – Glacial Lake Missoula,” will be opening soon at the Ravalli County Museum, focused on the impacts of glaciers and of Glacial Lake Missoula on the Bitterroot valley.  Museum Director Tamar Stanley said that glaciers and the Read More »

Montana history teacher of the year honored at Capitol

November 9, 2020

This story originally appeared on KTVH. com.  Written by John Riley. HELENA — Historians, educators and proud Montanans gathered at the State Capitol to honor the 2020 Montana History teacher of the year. Abbey Kochel is the 31st educator to receive the Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award. Kochel teaches 7th Grade at Castle Rock Middle Read More »

Groups restoring Butte’s iconic Saint Patrick’s Cemetery

September 23, 2020

This article originally appeared on nbcmontana.com.  Written by Kevin Maki. BUTTE, Mont. — Cemeteries are like history books. Every headstone, whether grand or modest, tells a story. Saint Patrick’s Cemetery in Butte has too many stories to count. In recent years, the old Catholic cemetery had fallen into disrepair. But there’s a major effort to Read More »

Headstone ‘doctor’ makes stop at St. Patrick’s Cemetery

September 14, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Montana Standard.  Written by Tracy Thornton. Jonathan Appell is not the lead singer in a rock band, nor is he a motivational speaker standing behind a podium, but he is currently on a 48-state tour.   His stage is not a concert hall, nor is it front and center Read More »

Stone Barn Gets Artistic Facelift

August 12, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Fairfield Sun Times.  Written by Darryl L. Flowers. The J.C. Adams Stone Barn is hard to miss now. As you drive by along Hwy. 200, the fresh paint will surely catch your eye. The barn built in 1885 by J.C. Adams recently underwent an artistic makeover. Through a $10,000 Read More »

The J.C. Adams Stone Barn is a Sun River Valley “Jewel”

August 10, 2020

This article originally appeared on KRTV.com. Written by Isaiah Dunk. SUN RIVER — The J.C. Adams Stone Barn has been a staple in the Sun River Valley for quite awhile. Rancher J.C. Adams had it completed in 1885, making it older than the state of Montana (1889). With its large size and Romanesque Revival stone Read More »