Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares news
Arlee Jocko Valley Museum
Our historic site, located at the corner of Bouch and Fyant (by the grade school), is closed until July 4, 2020. View our beautiful war memorial that is outdoors at our site. Volunteers are needed. For more information call 406-726-3167
St. Ignatius Mission Church
St. Ignatius Mission Church, located on 300 Bear Track Ave. in St. Ignatius, is known for its murals, which were painted by Brother Carignano, the Jesuit Mission cook. The murals, painted from 1904 –1905, have suffered damaged over the past 100 years. Restoration of the murals began in the summer of 2018 and continued this past summer. Major scaffolding has been erected to continue restoration of the three murals, (called the triptych), located behind the main altar. Visitors may visit the church to view the murals and restoration progress. The gift shop museum in the original Jesuit cabin, built in 1854, is open 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.
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 U.S. Highway 93 and are open daily from noon-7 p.m.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Dick Tobel will play some wonderful music for us for about 90 minutes from 12:30-2 p.m. Right at 2 p.m. a drawing will be held to pick the winners for the two items raffled throughout the 2019 season: a 7 foot child’s tipi and a “Dancing Boy” Pendleton blanket. (You do not need to be present to win, but you do need to have purchased tickets.) Following that, author Grace Larson with hold a question and answer session to discuss Fay Haynes’ lifetime of working with horses and ranching in western Montana. Haynes, who was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2011, will be on hand at the museum and some of Fay’s trophies and photos will be displayed. Be sure to look for news about the gift shop’s annual end-of-season sale, which runs from Oct. 7-19. During those two weeks, the museum is offering half-off museum entry fees with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the Ronan Bread Basket. Call 406-644-3435 to schedule a group or school tour.
Garden of the Rockies Museum
We are closed for the season until 2020 and are so grateful to all the folks who donated time, money and materials to help us have another successful season. Please watch for our spring projects, which we will need community help with. We are particularly in need of help next summer with grounds maintenance, so if you could help in that area we would sure like to hear from you. Anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity is asked to contact Patti at 406-676-3261.
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 stories from our tribal elders and histories told by our tribal people. Educational and hands-on exhibits in the museum and education room are available for your viewing pleasure. Guided tours are available all year upon request. Our gift shop offers you many beautiful items that are beaded and made by local tribal members and members of other tribes. Many gifts are available such as: beaded earrings, necklaces, wallets, moccasins, barrettes and T-shirts, coffee mugs, native design shorts, hats and blankets, craft supplies and books, along with much more to choose from. Plan a family trip here and view the museum and perhaps purchase a native game and/or a craft. Checkout our web page at: www.peoplescenter.org and/or our Facebook page: “Sqelixw Aqlsmaknik” for updates on classes and activities or to book a tour. Fall and winter hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Our Friday “Arts and Crafts Day” continues all year long from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Join us and learn how to bead, sew, color, draw or you can share your knowledge with others. Call 406-675-0160 for additional information. Thank you for your support and patronage.
Polson Flathead Lake Museum (formerly Polson Flathead Historical Museum)
We are closed until May 15, 2020. Thank you for your support in 2019; we look forward to seeing you next year.