Wild Game Feed ~ 2020

Our annual fundraiser, the Wild Game Feed, will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 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

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.

 Wild Wings in Choteau

Our second annual Wild Wings in Choteau event will be held the same weekend of March 27-29, 2020 to correlate with our Wild Game Feed.  Fun activities are scheduled such as bus tours to Freezout both Saturday and Sunday mornings, talks from world renowned bird enthusiasts, welcome reception on Friday evening, give a-ways, Wild Game Feed on Saturday evening and much more.  Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun

 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.

Big Projects for 2020

Big projects are scheduled for the spring of 2020. Our sewer system has come to the end of its life, and it will have to be replaced.  Also the Metis cabin is in need of serious work.  We need to re-chink the entire cabin.  We are applying for a grant but need 25% matching funds to get it completed.  These matching funds can consist of volunteer hours

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 2019 season of the Old Trail Museum

Old Trail Museum was a busy place this summer with 3,723 visitors passing through our doors,  Of that total 1806 were from out of state, 1486 were from in state, 193 were from Choteau, 131 were from Canada and 107 were from out of country with 19 different countries enjoying the museum.

Six student groups from all over the state and thirteen large tour buses toured the museum

Our School House was rented out several times this summer for special events.

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 Luthin, Marca Gibson, Gary Betcher and John ourd retired UPS driver.  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 Alf Wiseman  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. We were overwhelmed with the turnout of people from all over the state.  Our next tours have been set for July 11, 18, 25, and Aug 1, 2020

The Ice Cream Parlor was a very busy place again.  Brook Durocher took over the Parlor this year and did an outstanding job.  We are fortunate to have her keep up the fun place that many locals and visitors enjoy.  Brook will be back in 2020.

Our Flea Market on Labor Day had  6 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 2019 season, especially Laurie Jorden for volunteering to work one day a week as curator. 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, 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 7, 2019 to see if we can retain our coveted leg lamp by getting first place again this year.


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