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 »

Montana History Foundation grants $5K to Hobson Elevators

May 10, 2019

This story originally ran in the Judith Basin Press on May 2, 2019. It ran in the Lewistown News-Argus on May 8, 2019.  By Melody Montgomery   An additional $5,000 in grant funds has been awarded to Pride of the Judith, a non-profit created to preserve the twin grain elevators at the entrance to Hobson. Read More »

Butte organizations, building owner combine forces to restore Sewell’s window

May 1, 2019

This story ran in the Montana Standard on April 30, 2019. Soon the decorative window that has adorned the Sewell’s building on East Park Street for over 100 years will shine a little brighter, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and local historic preservation officials. The Butte-Silver Bow Historic Preservation Commission, Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization Read More »

I.G. Baker House, Collins School receive Montana History Foundation grants

April 19, 2019

This story ran in The River Press on April 17, 2019. By Bethany Monroe DeBorde Montana History Foundation grants will help pay for restoration projects at two historic Chouteau County buildings, the I.G. Baker House in Fort Benton and the Collins School outside Loma. “Awarding grants is the most important thing we do every year,” Read More »

Montana History Foundation to Fund Stained Glass Project in Butte

April 17, 2019

This story ran on KBMF 102.5 on April 17, 2019. The Montana History Foundation has awarded the City and County of Butte Silver Bow a grant of $3,250 to assist in the restoration of the prism and stained glass transom window at the historic Sewell building, 221 East Park St. I spoke with Historic Preservation Read More »