Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares upcoming events
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Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum
See our beautiful outdoor veterans’ memorial and memorabilia from area veterans along with Pioneer Day photographs and more.
St. Ignatius Mission Church
St. Ignatius Mission Church’s summer hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The church is known for its frescoes and murals which were damaged when a 100-year old support beam cracked. Repair of the frescoes and murals began mid-July. The most significant damage is at the front right-side altar, (St. Joseph side), and it will be the first to be repaired. The front sidewalks to the church have been replaced and the stairs leading into the church have been repaired. The roofs of the two original log cabins on site have also been replaced with new cedar shakes. The gift shop in the original Jesuit log cabin is staffed by volunteers and is open most days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Connah (no entry this month)
Four Winds Indian Trading Post
Come visit the historic Four Winds Indian Trading Post in the original log building that was built in the 1870s 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, CDs and artifacts. The trading post is located 3-miles north of St. Ignatius on Highway 93 and during the summer hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Nancy Miller is the featured “First Saturday” artist at the Ninepipes Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p. m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. This Ronan-based artist loves flowers and captures them on canvas. Stop by to visit with Nancy and enjoy a few light refreshments. The museum’s season-long raffle is in full swing; raffle items include a Pendleton robe paired with a bronze skull and a Cynthie Fisher print paired with a white buffalo skull. Tickets are three for $10 and seven for $20. The drawing is Oct. 6, and the winner does not need to be present to win. The museum and unique gift shop are open Mondays through Saturdays
Garden of the Rockies Museum (no entry this month)
The People’s Center and Museum
The People’s Center Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until September. We welcome all visitors to our museum that tells the stories of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai tribes, and to our gift shop with many Native American made arts, beadwork and beads for sale to make your own beadwork. Take part in one of our cultural education programs. Call to schedule a special arts and crafts activity, a native games activity or to book an onsite tour. Our museum has a new horse exhibit. Stop in and see the beautiful horse trappings, martingales and saddle adorned atop a life size horse mannequin. Leave your mark (with paint) on our teepees in the front lawn of the center. Our local youth have added their artist marks and they are beautiful. Call 406-675-0160 for bookings, appointments or for more information.
Miracle of America Museum
The Miracle of America got it’s 50th state attendee before the end of June, thanks to a local family that brought friends and relatives in from Rhode Island. So far in 2018, we’ve had attendees from 46 different countries. We received notice of another honorable mention when the Policy Genius Magazine voted Polson the best small town in Montana, and other than the beauties of nature (mainly Flathead Lake), we were the only business named. Our 30th annual Live History Days was enjoyed by many children and adults alike. The rides seemed to be a favorite, although our flintknapper, blacksmith, spinner, musicians and gunsmith were not only informative but also fascinating to watch. For the first time, we got the 1940 carnival/circus Fly-O-Plane, operated by a 1916 flywheel engine, going. For liability reasons, we leave the airplanes in the down position, but passengers still thought they were “cool.” Check-out our newsletter on our website or Facebook page for our fourth-Thursday evening “Free Night at the Museum” itinerary, as I don’t always have time to get them in the paper or on the radio.
Polson Flathead Historical Museum
On Aug. 11 our museum will have a chili cooking team participating in the Chili Cook-off at Riverside Park in Polson. On display at the Park will be our historic chuck wagon, donated to the museum by Jim Duford on behalf of the late Les Baldwin. Also on display that day will be a classic 1981 Corvette. It will also participate in the Polson Auto Show and proudly sponsored by the Polson Flathead Historical Museum. We are now open seven days a week: from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum at our front desk welcoming visitors, call Gay Cochrane at 406-250-9699.