Upcoming and Past Events

Wednesday Evening Programs

Old Trail Museum will continue to provide Wednesday evening programs throughout the summer months. We have  confirmed our program dates and the presenters for the 2017 season .  On July 19, 2017 Nancy Thornton, a local historian, will provide us with a program about her newly published book and further information at 7:00 at the School House in the Museum Complex.  On August 2, 2017 we are presenting a program about the history of the South Fork and of the Circle 8 Ranch at the Stage Stop Inn at 7:00 pm. On August 16, 2017 Dave Shea will provide a program about the 50th anniversary about Grizzly bear attacks and information about the book, Night of the Grizzlies.  This program will be at 7:00 at the School House in the Museum Complex.   Please watch the Choteau Acantha for further details also.

Our day camp program continues in 2017.

Old Trail Museum will be providing  a one week day camp for children entering 1st grade through 5th grade this summer.

The camp dates have  been set.  July 24th through July 28, 2017. Dates will also  be placed in the Choteau Acantha.

Classes are limited to 12 children per week. The camp will be hands-on, so children need to wear shoes suitable for nature hikes and clothes that can get messy. There will be guest speakers, crafts, nature trips, snacks and lots of fun for any one attending.

Cost is $70.00 per child per week and goes from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

Child will need to provide their own lunch every day except Friday. Call 466-5332 or 899-6000 to register your child.

Wild Game Feed

We are very excited about our Wild Game Feed Potluck that will be held on  March 24, 2018.  The event will be held in the   Rocky Mountain convention center at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau beginning at 5:30 pm.  This event will  include a no host bar, potluck, silent auction and live auction.  The potluck features wild game prepared by some participants but is not limited to just wild game.  People are encouraged to bring all kinds of non-wild dishes too.  We hope to have a wonderful turnout for this event.  With the Potluck being held in the  convention center we will have so much more room to enjoy the meal and to view the auction items.

Interpretive Tours of the Old North Trail

Two interpretive tours of the Old North Trail will be offered this summer.  These tours will be led by Anne Dellwo, Dave and V.V. Shea and David Hartman.  The dates have been set.  The North Tour will be on July 15th and the South Tour will be on July 22nd.  Times and dates will be published again in the Great Falls Tribune Hot Ticket and the Choteau Acantha. If you have not had the opportunity to go on one of these tours now is the time to sign up.  These tours are so informative and brings you back to the late 1800's and early 1900's and how our pioneers lived and where they lived.  There are many artifacts still there.

Circle 8 Ranch Program

In July 2017 we are planning on putting on a program about the Circle 8 Ranch.  How it came to be and how it was run.  We have slides of the ranch that date back to the 1940's through the 1960's and we will show these with a commentary explaining each slide. We hope the public will want to go back in history and enjoy these delightful slides.  The date has been set for August 2, 2017 at the Stage Stop Inn at 7:00pm.  We hope to have a good turnout for this program.

Schoolhouse Rental

The Old Trail Museum board wants to let the public know that the Schoolhouse at the museum is available for a minimal rental fee. This is a great place to hold small parties, meetings and other events as there is a full kitchen, bathroom, meeting room and a deck and large lawn area in the back.  Contact the museum at 406-466-5332 if you are interested in renting the building.

Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day • Seven days a week • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed July 4th)


Upcoming and Past Events

Old North Trail – Montana ~Tours 2017

Old Trail Museum board members, Anne Dellwo and Dave and V.V. Shea and David Hartman have offered to lead and narrate two one day tours of the Old North Trail, located along the mountain front west of Choteau.

One tour will be North and one South of the Teton River. Each tour will be a 6-7 hour driving/walking educational adventure that will begin near the Teton River. Short walks are optional if anyone is physically limited to remain in a vehicle. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own food and drink.

 Suggested donations for each tour will be $25 for an adult and $10 for a child/student. Participants will need to provide their own transportation and carpooling will be encouraged. We will meet at 7:30 am on each date at the Old Trail Museum and plan to leave Choteau by 8:00 am.

The history of the Old North Trail will be discussed. On the North Tour you will be able to see the Big Ring, Tepee Rings, Vision Quest sites, Eagle Trap, Antelope Butte Cairns and several sections of the Old North Trail.

On the South Tour you will see Big Bear’s cabin, adjacent North Trail and markers, the Metis Cemetery and History Sign, Buffalo Drive Cairn lanes, Tepee Rings, the Pothole Archaeological site, Buffalo Jump sites, Eagle Trap and Old North Trail segments. In addition, on both tours we will discuss the geology, local flora, and wildlife as we go.

Please consider joining in on this wonderful opportunity to learn and see this unique history of our area. All proceeds will directly benefit the continued operation of the Old Trail Museum.

The North Tour will be held on July 15th and the South Tour will be held on July 22nd.  We will also publish the dates in the Great Falls Tribune Hot Ticket and the Choteau Acantha.   If you have questions prior to the tour, Anne’s phone number is 469-2304; Dave’s is 466-2161.

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