2021 at the OTM

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.

Finally, several Board members replaced the front steps of the Museum to ensure safe entry to future visitors.

New Museum Steps
New steps were installed following the seasonal close of the Museum.