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Local museums looking to recover from limited visitation

September 27, 2021

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

September 14, 2021

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

September 10, 2021

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”

August 2, 2021

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

July 30, 2021

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

July 6, 2021

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

June 28, 2021

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

May 28, 2021

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 »

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 »