Mission Valley Museum Consortium announces events
Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum
Visitors can see our beautiful outdoor Veterans’ Memorial and memorabilia from area veterans. There are also Pioneer Day photographs and more.
St. Ignatius Mission Church
The church is known for its frescoes and murals which were damaged when a 100 year old support beam cracked. Repair of frescoes and murals began after July 9. 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. It is open most days from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host their annual Fall Open House Rendezvous, which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. This is a great opportunity to see the 1847 historic Hudson’s Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life. This event is free to the public. Fort Connah is located six miles north of St. Ignatius at mile marker 39 on Highway 93. For general information and trader/demonstrator set-ups, call Al Williams at 406-546-5067.
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. Shop our large selection of beads, beadwork, craft supplies, moccasins, herbs, Native American books, CDs and artifacts. We are located three miles north of St. Ignatius on Highway 93 and open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
David Webb from Dakota Windsong Flutes is our “First Saturday” artist on Sept. 1. Webb designs and carves his flutes from over 20 different exotic and traditional woods. Enjoy a 15-minute flute concert in the diorama room at the top of the hour from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. David’s flutes and CDs will be available for purchase. Stop by over Labor Day weekend, (Friday, Saturday and Monday), to take advantage of some great discounts in the gift shop. The museum’s season-long raffle continues; 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 scheduled for Oct. 6, and the winner does not need to be present to win. The museum and unique gift shop are open Mondays–Saturdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Call 406-644-3435 to schedule a group tour.
Garden of the Rockies Museum
August has been a busy month, but a good one. Our entry in the Pioneer Days parade took first place in the Community Float category. Many thanks to Brad Lee for driving the old truck for us. We’d also like to thank Mary Sale for setting up the loom donated by the Symington family. On Aug. 8, we hosted 23 kids from the Polson and Ronan Boys and Girls Clubs for a tour of the museum and a craft activity. They were an energetic and enjoyable group. Our season is coming to a close at the end of August, but we are already planning additional future displays, including a photo collage of downtown Ronan. The Ronan Senior Center will have its annual rummage sale in the Round Butte gym on Sept. 15.
The People’s Center & Museum
Native American Awareness Week will be held here at The People’s Center from Sept. 25-27. Area schools are invited to register for participation in crafts, native games, hide tanning and dry meat demonstrations. Call 406-675-0160 for more information, to register, for bookings or appointments. We will end the week with our social powwow.
Miracle of America Museum
The Miracle of America Museum has had visitors from all 50 states, 50 different countries and seven Canadian provinces so far this year. Items from the museum collection have been loaned to the Port Polson Players for two different productions. Recent additions include rare guns to the WWI and WWII military displays, the photo shop, and the cherry industry display. Various restoration projects are in the works; if any volunteer-minded persons would like to help we’ll see if we can match their interest or expertise to a need. Watch for a museum fundraising yard sale to be held soon next door at Mangels’ Machine Works.
Polson Flathead Historical Museum
Our last day of the season will be Sunday, Sept. 16, please plan to visit our Pioneer Heritage Museum and see the Flathead Lake Monster before then. New displays include the renovated 1910 homesteaders home interior and remodeling, recently done by Scout Troop 9 of Salem, Oregon. We recently received a 1920s apple press plus a 1910 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine that you can sew on. On Sept. 8, members of the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association will visit us and the Polson High School class of 1968 will hold their reunion at the museum on Sept. 15. Think of us if you are have a gathering that needs a site. We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. If you are interested in volunteering at the museum at the front desk welcoming visitors, call 406-250-9699.