Mission Valley Museum Consortium announces end of season news
Arlee Jocko Valley Museum
Our historic site is open from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 17, 31 and Sept 2, Labor Day . The museum has many historical displays including many photographs of Native and homesteading families. There are hundreds of obituaries with genealogy information. We are located at the corner of Bouch and Fyant (by the grade school). View our beautiful War Memorial, which is just outside of our site. Volunteers are needed. Call 406-726-3167 for more information.
St. Ignatius Mission Church
St. Ignatius Mission Church is known for its murals, which were painted by Brother Carignano, the Jesuit Mission cook. The murals, painted between 1904 – 1905, have suffered damage over the last 100 years. Restoration of the murals began in the summer of 2018 and continues this summer. Major scaffolding is erected to continue the restoration of the three murals located behind the main altar called the triptych. Visitors may visit the Church to view the murals and the restoration progress. The church’s summer visiting hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The gift shop museum, in the original Jesuit cabin built in 1854, is open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. most days, depending on volunteers. Visitors may also explore the Sisters of Providence cabin built in 1864. All persons are invited to join us for Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. St. Ignatius Mission Church is located at 300 Bear Track Ave. in St. Ignatius.
Historic Fort Connah will be open every second and fourth Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It’s black- powder muzzleloader shooting range is open to the public. The fee is $5 for all day .
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 U.S. Highway 93 and are open daily from noon to 7 p.m.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
We have two events in August: our Aug. 3 “First Saturday” features Ronan author Linda Angle. She will sign her recent publication, “Worthy, How Unconditional Love Brought My Life Full Circle,” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We will also celebrate the newest addition to the wildlife display in the diorama room, during “Trumpeter Swan Day” on Aug. 24. Tribal Wildlife Program Manager, Dale Becker, of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, will provide a power point presentation in the Montana Room at the Ninepipes Lodge next door at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat by calling 406-644-3435. Then join us in the museum’s diorama room for a viewing of the new installation and a short ceremony. A Trumpeter Swan bird-sighting tour is scheduled for 4 p.m. Our ongoing exhibit “CAKARPEKNAKI: With Respect and Without Waste,” celebrates the culture and traditions of Alaskan natives through a carved ivory collection. Call 406-644-3435 to schedule a group or school tour.
Garden of the Rockies Museum
We have recently been contacted or visited by two individuals whose grandparents homesteaded in the Round Butte area in the early 1900s. We were able to provide some information to one of them, and will be receiving information from the other one.
We will host an open house on Saturday, Aug.3, from 1-4 p.m. Our gym will be the scene of at least two more rummage sales in upcoming weeks. We will close the museum for the season at the end of August, but the gym will be available for events until October. Anyone interested in renting it is asked to call Patti at 406-676-3261.
We are always open to receiving donations of time or money. It is through donor generosity that we are able to keep the doors open. We also accept exhibit materials, provided they are in keeping with our pioneer history focus.
The People’s Center & Museum
Owned and operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, our 1200 square foot museum shares the histories and stories of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people. The People’s Center is the place to hear the stories from our tribal elders and histories told by our tribal people. There are new exhibits happening in the museum and education room for your viewing pleasure. Guided tours available all year. Our gift shop offers you many beautiful items beaded and made by tribal members and members of other tribes. Gifts such as beaded earrings, necklaces, wallets, moccasins, barrettes, T-shirts, coffee mugs, native design shorts, hats, blankets, craft supplies, books, and much more are available to choose from. Plan a family trip here and view the museum, and purchase a native game and/or a craft. Check our web page at: www.peoplescenter.org and/or our Facebook page: “Sqelixw Aqlsmaknik” for updates on classes and activities or to book your tour. Summer hours are Mondays– Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m-3 p.m. Our Friday Arts & Craft Day continues all year long and goes from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come learn to bead, sew, color, draw or you can share your knowledge with others. Call 406-675-0160 for additional information.
Polson Flathead Lake Museum (formerly Polson Flathead Historical Museum)
We are open through Sept. 16, Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. 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 1970s. 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. You can also view our “Flathead Lake Monster,” caught from Flathead Lake in 1955. The museum is also available for reunions, wedding receptions, other small gatherings and guided tours. Call 406-249-7641 if you wish to book the museum.