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News from Ninepipes Museum 

CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana invites the public to save Sept. 9 on the calendar to celebrate A Slice of Summer – A Slice of History Museum Benefit.  

This fundraiser for the museum will be at Sky Ridge Ranch, located a few minutes out of Ronan, on Thursday, Sept. 9 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The beautiful indoor/outdoor facilities at Sky Ridge Ranch offer the perfect setting for a summer gathering. 

People are invited to enjoy music by Montana ShamRockers, tasty appetizer treats catered by Ninepipes Lodge and Allentown Restaurant and delectable desserts by the museum’s board members.  

The Montana ShamRockers is a local musical group that will share original tunes, including historical vignettes about people and events from the Mission Valley. The talented group is comprised of Neal Lewing, Mike Lozar, Rob Sloan, Rick Skates and John Glueckert.  

Sky Ridge Ranch is located at 35415 Timberlane Road, south of Ronan. The rugged skyline of the Mission Mountains offer a dramatic background, and there is history at Sky Ridge Ranch. The huge double-glass doors are framed by weathered beams from retired docks from Flathead Lake.

A live auction is also on tap to round out the evening to support the operational costs of running the Ninepipes Museum. The museum, incorporated in 1997, features many objects that have been preserved to tell the stories of the people, land and wildlife of the Flathead Indian Reservation and of early Montana. A set of mugs from Mountain Mud Frog Pottery in Polson will be one of the items available, which comes with a gift certificate for a pottery lesson. 

The $65 per person ticket also includes an invitation to a limited ticketed event at the museum on Sunday, Oct. 3. The October event is to celebrate the naming of Bud Cheff Jr. as a 2021 Montana Heritage Keeper award honoree. The Montana Historical Society Board of Trustees chose the honorees who will be recognized at the 48th annual Montana History Conference on Sept. 24 in Butte. The annual awards “honor exemplary commitment, effort, and impact in identifying, preserving, and presenting Montana’s historical and cultural heritage for current and future generations.”

Blackfoot Communications is the main sponsor for this community event, and the museum’s business members are also sponsors who help make this fundraising event possible.  

Tickets are available by calling the museum at 406-644-3435. They can also be purchased online at, or at the museum at 69316 U.S. Highway 93.  

The museum is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays. New fall hours, starting Oct. 1, are Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

People are invited to come enjoy a tour of the museum and browse the gift shop for unique handcrafted items by local artisans. The museum also schedules group tours, and the museum grounds include a nature walk that offers terrific vistas of the Mission Mountains, the National Bison Range and the Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge.  


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