Wild Game Feed ~ 2021
Our annual fundraiser, the Wild Game Feed, will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 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. COVID-19 may play a role as far as this event happening, stay tuned
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.
Completed Projects in 2020
For many years we have had a serious sewer problem at the museum. Thanks to Dave Zion for donating his equipment and many jhours of labor and Cam Morris we now have a new sewer system. Also a big thank you to K & S Hydroseed for donating grass seed and Clayton Ketcham, Jean and Gary Dale and Steve Taormina for all the time and work they spent leveling out the ground and helping to reseed the grass.
Another big project we completed was the restoration of the Metis Cabin. In December 2019 OTM applied for a grant to restore this cabin. In April 2020 OTM was awarded a grant to re-chink the cabin. OTM hired Robert McCarthy to do the chinking. The museum had to match part of this grant with either dollars or in-kind labor. As with any project you can run into unforeseen problems and we did. Windows were in bad shape letting water into the cabin and also bugs, holes were found in the building, part of the outside eaves were rotten and had to be replaced All the board members and Bob Pearson worked together to correct all these problems. After everything was fixed Bob and Dawn Pearson and Julie Ameline re-stained the entire cabin. The board members moved everything back into the cabin. This project will preserve our historic cabin for many years. What a beautiful cabin and such an improvement to our complex