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News from Mission Valley Museum Consortium


Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum

Celebrate the 4th of July and see our beautiful outdoor Veteran’s Memorial and memorabilia from area veterans, pioneer day photographs and more.



St. Ignatius Mission Church

St Ignatius Mission Church 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 will begin  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.


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 1870’s 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, CD’s  and artifacts. Located 3 miles north of St. Ignatius on Highway. 93. Summer hours are 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. 



Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

Celebrate the cultures and talents of local artists and traditional skills demonstrators at the museum’s third annual Cultural Arts Fair on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beadwork artists, photographers, gourd and ceramic artists, plus flint knapping and atlatl tossing are included. Readings and book signing by author Dale Burk’s latest publication, “A Brush with a Wild Thing or Two in Montana,” will take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  and silversmithing and gemstone artistry with Joshua Marceau, July’s “First Saturday” artist, are also on tap. Then on Thursday, July 26, from 1-3 p.m. come learn the traditions of round dancing with Leo Charlie. This workshop and demonstration is followed by a Round Dance on the museum’s Nature Trail from 6-9 p.m. The museum and unique gift shop are open Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 406-644-3435 for information or to schedule a group tour. 



Garden of the Rockies Museum

Our three-day flea market will be held July 12-14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To reserve a table(s), please call Patti Mocabee at 406-676-3261. We would like to thank the ladies of the VFW Auxiliary who are graciously giving of their time to serve as museum sitters. More volunteers are needed, and anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact Diane Grant at 406-676-4298. Please keep in mind that the Round Butte Gym is available for rent for special events by calling 406-676-3261.  We also appreciate any and all memorial donations. Checks should be made payable to Mission Valley Heritage Association.



The People’s Center & Museum

The People’s Center Museum will begin their summer hours on June 2. We’re open Monday- Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is open to everyone. Our education program is accepting bookings for visits and on site tours. Check our Web page for updates and the application for scheduling activities. Also watch our Facebook page for sales in our gift shop.



Miracle of America Museum

The Miracle of America Museum was honored for the week of June 18-24, 2018 and featured as the lead story  by Roadside America as the “Sight of the Week.” Roadside America is the comprehensive and trusted information resource for travelers wanting to enjoy unusual and unique attractions across the U.S.A. As of June 21, the MOAM has had visitors from 49 states, (missing only Rhode Island), 25 countries, and 6 Canadian Provinces.

The free “Night at the Museum” program on July 26 will show the movie “The Patriot” starring Mel Gibson. Call for details at 406-883-6804 or 406-270-7895, or see our summer newsletter on Facebook or the museum website. Be sure and highlight July 21 and 22 of July on your calendar for our annual Live History Days. We’ve gotten commitments from a few exhibitors already. If you think you’d like to be an exhibitor or assist in any way, please call the Museum at 406-883-6804 or Gil at 406-270-7895.


Polson Flathead Historical Museum

The 1955 movie projector from the Showboat Cinema is now set up for viewing as is a 1911 Victrola Edison cylinder player known as “the Talking Machine” back in the day. Our gift shop is now open and offers many new items, all from local sources, such as wildlife and nature photography and photos from the early days of Polson and the Reservation. We also carry Flathead Cherry products as well as woodwork, birdhouses and lovely handmade placemats/napkins/table runners created using a 1935 Singer treadle sewing machine. We are now open 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Join us at the Museum for free ice cream for all and half price admission following Polson’s 4th of July Parade on Main Street.


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