History comes alive at weekend antique appraisal fair

October 15, 2019

This story originally appeared in The Montana Standard, written by Annie Pentilla. From handmade rugs from Afghanistan to paintings and turn-of-the-century jewelry, residents from Butte and the surrounding areas turned out Saturday for the Montana History Foundation’s Montana Antiques Appraisal Fair. The annual event, which continues Sunday and is being co-hosted by the Butte-Silver Bow Read More »

Antique appraisal event in Butte to benefit Butte Archives

October 15, 2019

This story originally aired on KXLF, written by John Emeigh. BUTTE – Ever wonder if an antique you’ve had in the family is worth something? Well, you can find out this weekend in Butte. The Montana History Foundation and Friends of the Butte Archives is hosting an appraisal fair at the Butte Civic Center Saturday Read More »

Annual antique appraisal fair comes to Butte

September 30, 2019

This story originally appeared in The Montana Standard.  Written by Annie Pentilla.   The Montana History Foundation wants residents in Butte and surrounding communities to clean out their attics and basements and bring out their tattered books and vintage fur jackets. That’s because the nonprofit, a charitable foundation that raises money and provides funding for Read More »

Preservation advocates demonstrate high-tech tools at historic cemetery north of Helena

September 30, 2019

This story originally appeared on  Written by Jonathon Ambarian. On Thursday afternoon, a historic cemetery north of Helena played host to a high-tech demonstration. More than a dozen people traveled to the Silver City Cemetery. They watched as Ethan Ryan, an archaeologist and ground-penetrating radar specialist, showed how radar can reveal possible unmarked graves. Read More »

Cemetery trip highlights first day of Montana History Conference in Helena

September 30, 2019

This story originally appeared in the Helena Independent Record.  Written by Tyler Manning. A group of history fans saw how ground-penetrating radar can be used to help discover unmarked graves Thursday, which was the first day of the 46th Montana History Conference in Helena.  During a trip to the Silver City Cemetery north of Helena, Read More »

New Book Chronicles Montana’s Carnegie Libraries

September 11, 2019

This story originally aired on Yellowstone Public Radio, September 6, 2019.  Written by Kay Erickson. Between 1901 and 1922, 17 libraries from Missoula to Miles City and Havre to Dillon were built in Montana. There’s a new book that takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, when the generosity of a Scottish Read More »

New exhibit of prominent Montana rancher premieres in downtown Helena

August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019 – This story originally ran on, written by John Riley.   A new exhibit detailing the life of John Etchart, one of Montana’s most prominent sheep ranchers, is now on display on the Walking Mall in downtown Helena. John Etchart came to America from Basque Country, an autonomous community in northern Read More »

Update on Sewell’s Window Restoration

August 27, 2019

  August 27, 2019 – This story originally ran in The Montana Standard.  By Annie Pentilla.   Volunteers are nearing the end of a summer-long project to restore a decorative transom window that for decades has adorned the Sewell’s building on East Park Street in Uptown Butte. Mary McCormick, Butte-Silver Bow historic preservation officer, said Read More »

Historic Bell Tower Renovated

July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019 – This story originally ran in The Sanders County Ledger.  By Ed Moreth The Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee finished one more major project in its renovation plans to get the Paradise Center renovated for a working art facility and community center and at the same time preserve the old school’s historical Read More »

Renovation grants will come to Golden Valley

May 15, 2019

This story originally ran in The Times Clarion on May 16, 2019. By Shirley Wegner The Montana History Foundation announced recently the awarding of $134,451 in grant funding for history projects in Montana. Two of those awarded are projects in Lavina. The Golden Valley Community Foundation received a $5,000 grant to help repair and repaint Read More »