Wild Game Feed ~ 2018
Our annual fundraiser, the Wild Game Feed, was held on Saturday, March 24. Thank you to everybody who attended and made this our best game feed yet. This fundraiser benefits the Old Trail Museum by providing for the operations and programming of our museum.
Montana History Foundation Award
In 2018 Candi Zion applied for a grant through the Montana History Foundation in an effort to record Oral stories of the area, then document important places and pursue a historical designation on the north and south forks of the Teton River Canyon west of Choteau. Candi said the goal is to capture histories of people such as dude ranchers Chuck and Sharon Blixrud, and people related to the Metis families who lived in cabins up the two forks during the early part of the 20th century, people related to historical-period (1960's and earlier) recreational cabins as well as people related to writers A.B. Guthrie Jr., Joseph Howard and Richard Hugo. Old Trail Museum has been the sponsor of this effort. In May of 2018 Old Trail Museum received a grant from the Montana History Foundation in the amount of $5,000.00. We had to have a 25 percent match and through the generous donations from the area we were able to achieve this. Candi has completed the first phase of this project by interviewing up to 10 individuals whom have been handpicked for their knowledge of the area. The next phase will be to apply for a second grant which Candi has completed and sent to the Montana History Foundation. This grant, if received, will be to document the Metis cemetery that is in close proximity to the old Circle 8 Ranch, which is now owned by the Natures Conservancy., and to delve into the history of the Teton River Bridge which was built by German convicts during the war. Candi will also work on getting these two properties nominated to the National Register. This is an exciting project to make sure the history of the Teton Canyon is not lost. If you are interested in helping this cause you can make a tax deductible contribution to the Old Trail Museum at 823 N. Main, Choteau, Mt. 59422. Make sure you specify that your contribution is for the Teton Canyon History Project.
Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day • Seven days a week • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed July 4th)
Lookimg back on the 2018 season of the Old Trail Museum
Old Trail Museum opened a month earlier to host the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. The board members rented the School House for their meetings during the four days they were here at their annual conference. What a great group of writers and artists.
OTM had 3,803 visitors for 2018. Of that total 1846 were from out of state, 1499 were from in state, 160 were from Choteau, 135 were from Canada and 163 were from out of country with 24 different countries enjoying the museum.
Eleven student groups from all over the state and six large tour buses toured the museum.
Our annual Wild Game Feed held at the Event Center of the Stage Stop Inn in March drew a large crowd. This is OTM's major fundraiser to keep our museum open. What wonderful support we received from our community, businesses and individuals and lots of donations from outside our community. Our silent auction and live auction raised an outstanding amount and once again we thank all those who attended and contributed.
OTM had only one Wednesday evening program with Rich Clough, Bill and Maggie Luthin and Gary Betcher. It was music night and we had quite a large turn-out for this event and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you so much.
SOKA PIIWA Foundation made a very generous donation to pay for the maintenance of the grounds and other maintenance expenses at the museum. Boe Brothers Foundation also gave a generous donation for helping to maintain the museum. We sincerely thank then both.
Dave and ViVi Shea and Dave Hartman once again led two interpretive tours of the Old North Trail and other archeological sites. We are so happy with the turn-out for these tours and know they are enjoyed by all that participate. Dave and ViVi also did some individual tours that benefited the museum. Our next tours have been set for July 13th and July 20th 2019
Summer Day Camp was not held this past summer due to so many conflicts. We hope to have it for the 2019 season.
The Ice Cream Parlor was a very busy place again. Dawn Sullivan does an outstanding job. We are so glad to have her on board.
Our Flea Market on Labor Day had 12 vendors this year. We had a great turnout for this event.
We want to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped to keep the museum open during the 2018 season, especially Laurie Jorden and Linda Watson for volunteering to work one day a week each as curators. Also a big thank you goes to Mark Krause who has spent many hours entering all the accession records into an excel program in the computer.. What a great job he is doing.
OTM once again was invited to the Threshing Bee to sponsor our Dutch Oven Gathering. Jesse and Rose Crawford, Don Brookins, Kathje and Mitch Griffis, Becky Asby and Howard Taylor were the wonderful cooks. What yummy food. OTM split the proceeds with the Teton Antique Steam and Gas Association. We all had a great time.
Connie Hirsch's Carriage House was a busy place also. She was very happy with the outcome.
We will be getting a float ready for the Parade of Lights on December 1, 2018 to see if we can retain our coveted leg lamp by getting first place again this year.