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