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Wild Game Feed ~ 2022

Our annual fundraiser, the Wild Game Feed, will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the Event Center at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau.  We will have a potluck dinner but please note that it is not limited to wild game,  Lots of people bring non-wild dishes.  We will have silent auction and a live auction and 50/50 drawing.  Please check our website and the Choteau Acantha closer to the event for further information.  A huge thank you to Jim an Barb Bouma for hosting the feed.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again to make this an outstanding event.  

Montana History Foundation Award  OLD NEWS but still interesting

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.

 

 Wednesday evening programs will continue

Check the website and Choteau Acantha for dates and times.  If anyone has good ideas for a program please contact Julie Ameline at 899-6000.

 

Hours of Operation:
Memorial Day  through Labor Day • Six days a week -Tuesday thru Sunday • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   (Closed July 4th)

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                                           Looking back on the 2021 season of the Old Trail Museum

With an almost normal season the Old Trail Museum welcomed 3,278 visitors into the museum. Of this total 1,615 were from out of state, 1,496 were from in-state, 137 from Choteau, 3 from Canada and 27 from out of country.  OTM was open 6 days a week throughout the summer months and was able to have all the buildings open for visitors to check out our wonderful collections.

Our Wild Game Feed had to be canceled again this year, but we have scheduled our next feed to be held on March 26, 2022 in hopes that Covid doesn't force us to once again cancel.

We had quite a project with the roof leaking.  OTM hired Kaare Wilkerson to replace the roof.  He did an amazing job and we are very pleased with the results.  Kaare and Steve Taormina also fixed the ceiling where the water had damaged it.  With the ceiling needing repair we determined this was the time to replace the antiquated lighting system inside the museum so OTM had Nik Lightner install a new system.  Now we can all see our amazing artifacts so much better.  With the outpouring of community support OTM was able to raise enough funding to replace the roof on the museum, replace the ceiling inside and to replace the lighting system.  Thank you!!  A huge thank you goes out to Rod Luinstra for purchasing a rifle and doing a rifle raffle for it with all proceeds going to the roof project.  Also thank you to Ali Newkirk and Mary Tonkovich who gave OTM an afghan that Ali made for another raffle with proceeds going to the roof project.  What a great community!

Boe Brothers made a generous donation to help maintain the museum.  Many thanks to them.

The Ice Cream Parlor was a popular place this summer.  Brook Durocher and her crew did an outstanding job.  Thank you, Brook.

OTM held one Wednesday evening program this year which was music night with the Loose Mules.  Due to a rain storm the event had to move indoors, but it turned out great.  Everyone had a fun evening.  Thank you Rich, Gary and Marca.

Old Trail Museum wants to thank all the people and organizations that have donated their time or products to help maintain our beautiful museum complex.  A huge THANK YOU to Laurie Jorden for her dedication to working one day a week all summer.  We sure appreciate her

The Flea Market was very busy with 6 vendors that had wonderful items for sale.  We all had a good time and enjoyed our last ice cream cone from the Ice Cream Parlor for the season.

Kathy and Clayton Ketcham repaired and repainted 2 of our outdoor dinosaurs this spring.  This is quite a bit of work and they did such a nice job.  Thank you. 

 

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