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News from Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana 

CHARLO – The crispness of fall makes spending time indoors very enjoyable, so put the museum’s Oct. 5 “First Saturday” on your calendar. 

Elaine Davis from Missoula will display her landscape paintings. When she first moved to Missoula, she wrote that Montana provided “a great environment. Nature here changes its colors and vibrations from one hour to the next. I love hearing the wind howl and seeing the sky turn.” 

Author Gary Gillett will sign his book “The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and he will hold an informal chat at noon. Gillett is the current band director of the Missoula City Band, and he will share great stories about the group, which has been performing even before Montana became a state. Gillett’s book reaches back to the band’s establishment in 1865 and tells details culled from local historical records and many oral interviews. The book describes the “biggest event ever held in Missoula at which the band played,” which was the April 11, 1911, appearance of Theodore Roosevelt. 

We will also be welcoming a newcomer to Montana, Pat Hoban. During a visit to the museum, we met Hoban and his wife and his father, after they toured the museum. Hoban studied ceramics and sculpture at Penn State University, where he received his bachelor’s of fine arts in sculpture in 2015.  In 2016, he received a full scholarship and graduate assistantship to the University of Alabama. He completed and installed three permanent public art sculptures, including a sculptural bike rack for downtown Tuscaloosa. He is also a potter-in-residence at the Missoula Tea Company. Elaine and Pat Hoban will have their artwork on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

The museum’s gift shop will hold their annual sale Oct. 7-19. Donate to the Bread Basket during sale days and receive half off your museum entry fee. Call 406-644-3435 with questions or to reserve a group tour. 

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