Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares news
St. Ignatius Mission Church
The St. Ignatius Mission Church is known for its frescoes and murals which were damaged when a 100-year-old support beam cracked. The St. Ignatius Mission Church anticipates continuation of the restoration this summer. The Mission Church is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The sacred musical work, “Lamb of God” by Rob Garner, will be performed by local soloists, choir and orchestra to benefit the restoration of the frescoes and murals in the historic St. Ignatius Mission Church. The musical work reflects on the passion and resurrection of Christ, the Lamb of God. Performances will be April 3, 5, 7 at the St. Ignatius Mission Church at 7 p.m. and April 16 and 17 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Missoula at 7 p.m. There will be a special Easter eve performance on April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. Concerts are free. Donations benefit the St. Ignatius Mission Restoration Fund.
The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host their annual Spring Open House Rendezvous, which depicts life during the fur-trading era of Montana. This is a great opportunity to see the 1847 historic Hudson’s Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life. This event will be free to the public on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Connah is located 6 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 1870s 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 3 miles north of St. Ignatius on Highway 93 and open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana opened its doors for the 2019 season on March 1, and the museum and gift shop are open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We have new Jan Kauffman pine-needle basket designs for sale in the gift shop, and the museum offers a sneak preview of an Alaskan carved ivory collection. The entire collection will be on exhibit later this spring. Call 406-644-3435 to schedule a group or school tour.
Garden of the Rockies Museum
The museum will open for the season on Memorial Day and will continue to be open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August. Weekend tours can be arranged by calling 406-676-3261. Plan now to visit us this summer and bring your family or out-of-town guests.
We are a work-in-progress, and our focus this spring will be on grounds keeping and improvements to the tool and machine sheds. Volunteers are always needed and would be greatly appreciated. Anyone interested is asked to call 406-676-3261.
The People’s Center & Museum
NEW: An exhibit in the museum featuring the original vests of Sub-Chief Arlee and Martin Charlo were recently donated to CSKT. Our gift shop continues receiving new items for sale so stop in and check them out. We continue our weekly “Traditional Arts Circle” every Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. to bead, sew, construct and learn from others or share what you know how to do. This event is open to everyone. Watch our Facebook and web pages for upcoming education activities every second and fourth Wednesday evening here at the center. Call 406-675-0160 for more information or to book a tour or activity.
Miracle of America Museum
The Miracle of America Museum started the spring season with already 25 states represented in the guest book. We’ve been working on a building recently moved in and recreating a WWII Army Air Corp barracks with a lot of historical items from local veterans. We hope to have that open by April 1. Snoopy in his full size biplane with Charlie Brown as his gunner should be ready for the Red Baron by the end of April. Standard hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. School lecture tours available by calling 406-883-6804.
Polson Flathead Lake Museum
Polson Flathead Lake Museum was formerly known as Polson Flathead Historical Museum. With our new name comes a renewed focus on the many exhibits in the museum that highlight life on Flathead Lake from the late 1800s through the 1960s. Exhibits include a 1940s sailboat, Copper Cup Regatta hydroplane race memorabilia and many photos of boating and transportation of people, freight, timber, etc. from those long ago days, including our “Flathead Lake Monster.” Our exhibits will share examples of the everyday lives of those who homesteaded on the Flathead Indian Reservation with displays of the Allard Stagecoach, wagons, buggies, farm implements, household items as well as the home interior and items commonly used by those early-day pioneers in the Mission Valley. Opening date for these exhibits will be May 15, so mark your calendar. Hours of operation May 15-Sept. 16 are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Guided lecture tours are available by calling 406-249-7641. The museum is also available for reunions, wedding receptions and other small gatherings.