Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares news
Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum — Celebrate Memorial Day and see our beautiful outdoor Veteran’s Memorial and memorabilia from area veterans, Pioneer Day photographs and more.
St. Ignatius Mission Church — New summer hours for St. Ignatius Mission Church are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Frescoes and murals were damaged when a 100 year old support beam cracked. Plans for repair of frescoes and murals continue and restoration may begin this summer. We are in the process of repairing the roofs of the two original log cabins on site and hope to soon begin replacing the chipped steps leading to the church and the cracked front walk. The Church was listed on the U. S. National Registry of Historic Places in 1973 and visitors have been admiring its beauty every day since.
Four Winds Indian Trading Post — Come visit the historic Four Winds Indian Trading Post in the original log building that was built in the 1870›s by Duncan McDonald, the son of Angus McDonald, the famous Hudson›s Bay Company fur trader. Currently on display are the ceramic sculptures and tiles by Glen LaFontaine, nationally acclaimed Chippewa/Cree Native American artist who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shop our large selection of beads, beadwork, craft supplies, moccasins, herbs, Native American books, CD’s and artifacts. Located 3 miles north of St. Ignatius on Highway 93. Summer hours are from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana — The June 2 “First Saturday” artist exhibit features paintings by Laurel Cheff and wildlife photos by Kate Davis from Raptors of the Rockies. The exhibit and reception is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kate Davis will be on hand from 2-4 p.m. with her friend Sibley, a Peregrine Falcon. Chuck Lewis will teach flag etiquette on June 14 from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. for the Boys and Girls Club Summer Activity Group; the public is invited to attend. Artists, craftsmen and traditional skill artists are encouraged to sign up for the third annual Cultural Arts Fair being held on museum grounds on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 406-644-3435 to register. The museum and gift shop are open Mondays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come explore the artifacts, photos and memorabilia that celebrate the story of the Flathead Reservation and early Montana.
Garden of the Rockies Museum — Our exhibit reorganization has been accomplished and the Ronan High School shop class is completing work on the tool shed. We will open after Memorial Day and we encourage folks to stop by to check us out. Rather than on separate Saturdays, our flea market this year will be a consecutive three-day event in July.
The People’s Center and Museum — The People’s Center Museum will begin our summer hours on June 2: Monday—Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We will host our annual Artist Market on June 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the arbor at the center. Traditional Arts Circle continues every Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with beading, arts and crafts, sewing and a light lunch. This is open to everyone. Our education program is accepting bookings for visits and on-site tours. Check our Web page for updates and an application for scheduling activities. Also watch our Facebook page for sales in our gift shop.
Miracle of America Museum — As of mid-May, we have had visitors from 44 states, 15 countries, and four Canadian provinces. The free “Night at the Museum” on the fourth Thursday evening of each month begins at 6:30 p.m. has been enjoyed by an increasing number of people. The next two months will include an outside walking tour explaining local history as it ties in with the artifacts and/or buildings. We are gearing up for our annual Live History Days on the third weekend in July. This year it will be held July 21 and 22. We’ve gotten commitments from a few exhibitors already. If you think you’d like to be an exhibitor or assist in any way, please call the Museum at 406-883-6804 or Gil at 406-270-7895.
Polson Flathead Historical Museum — New exhibits include displays of the photographic equipment used by Herman Schnitzmeyer more than 100 years ago and new items from the
Copper Cup Regatta hydroplane races held on the Flathead River 40 plus years ago. Our gift shop is now open and offers many new items, all from local sources, such as wildlife and nature photography and photos from the early days of Polson and the Reservation. We also carry
Flathead Cherry products as well as woodwork, birdhouses and lovely handmade placemats/napkins/table runners made with a treadle sewing machine. We are now open 7 days a week. Join us at the Museum for free ice cream and half-price admission following the Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in Polson.