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Appraisal fair brings out Montana’s rarest items

September 2, 2022

This piece originally appeared on NBC Montana on September 1st, 2022. https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/appraisal-fair-brings-out-montanas-rarest-items MISSOULA, Mont. — If you own a rare and unique item, you can find out its value during the fourth annual Montana Antiques Appraisal Fair. The Montana History Foundation and the Daly Mansion are partnering for the 4th year to host the fair. Read More »

Consultants survey Helena Fire Tower ahead of proposed rehab

July 26, 2022

This article originally appeared in the Helena Independent Record. It was written by Nolan Lister. A trio of historic timber structure experts surveyed the Helena Fire Tower Monday as part of a push to rehabilitate the downtown icon. The more than $200,000 project aims to repair the structure’s decayed timber beams and at least a Read More »

Rebuilding of keelboat is underway in Fort Benton

July 25, 2022

This article originally appeared in KRTV Great Falls. Volunteers in Fort Benton are busy reconstructing the historic keelboat Mandan. The Fort Benton Community Improvement Association aimed to restore the keelboat, that has long been sitting in Front Street overlooking the Missouri River. The keelboat appeared in the 1952 film, “The Big Sky,” playing a starring Read More »

Helena History Hikes and Walks ready for another season

May 30, 2022

This article originally appeared in the Helena Independent Record by Phil Drake. The Montana History Foundation is launching the 2022 season of its Helena History Hikes and Walks program. Three tours will run several times per week starting Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend. Helena History Hikes and Walks promotes heritage tourism, outdoor Read More »

Cupola repairs planned for Helena’s historic Bluestone House

April 25, 2022

This article originally appeared in The Independent Record. It was written by Phil Drake.  A cupola on a historic Helena landmark that towers over Last Chance Gulch will undergo some much-needed repair, thanks to its owner and a grant from the Montana Historical Foundation. Wild Montana received an $8,000 grant in 2021 to restore the Read More »

Hot Springs students revive local museum

April 21, 2022

This article originally appeared in the Valley Journal. It was written by Taylor Davison. HOT SPRINGS — A group of high school students in Hot Springs were awarded a $5,000 grant on April 14 from the Montana History Foundation for their upcoming work on the LaRue Hot Springs Museum. The Youth Entrepreneur/Jobs for Montana Graduates Read More »

Effort Advances to Save Montana’s Territorial Capitol

April 18, 2022

This article originally appeared on U.S. News. It was written by Phil Drake. HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It may not have felt like it, but there are some folks who will swear that March 21, 2022 was a very historic day for Montana. The State Land Board took action that day to support efforts to Read More »

Rehab of Helena Fire Tower sees renewed momentum

April 18, 2022

This article originally appeared in the Helena Independent Record. It was written by Nolan Lister. Thanks to a recent Montana History Foundation grant award and a financial commitment from the city of Helena, a long-fought effort to restore the city’s beloved fire tower has new legs to stand on. The Helena Fire Tower received $10,000 Read More »

Blaine County Museum Receives Preservation Project Grant to Hire an Intern

April 14, 2022

This article originally appeared in The Blaine County Journal. It was written by Donna Miller. Zachary Coe, Community Outreach Manager from the Montana History Foundation, announced on March 29 that twenty-eight projects across the state received a total of $212,187 in grant funds disbursed for preservation projects in 2022. That sum marks the largest amount Read More »

Researchers working to uncover the history of Chinese immigrants in Montana

April 12, 2022

This article originally appeared on KTVH. It was written by Tom Buchanan. HELENA — A grant given by the Montana History Foundation will help give researchers the access to translate and interpret Chinese gravestones in four Montana cemeteries. “I think the importance of this project – thankfully funded by the Montana History Foundation – is Read More »