May 8. 2019 CURATORS REPORT
There was an upward swing in admissions starting May 1st. However, the cool weather is still hampering the visitors.
Since last meeting, we have had four functions. We have dated a few more in the coming months with a total of 72 till end of year. There have been 5 school tours, bringing 250 students from Sidney, Lame Deer, Colstrip, Forsyth and Glendive.
Volunteers have increased with Helen Lockie Martin coming on as an RSVP volunteer. She joins Verna Viall, Audrey Sasse, Jane Shaw, Ed Mayberry, Karen Hathaway and Deloris Lathrop.
Two missionaries from the Mormon church stopped by and asked if they could volunteer as its part of their service. They are coming to clean in the Wagon Depot tomorrow. Leigh Rae, Verna Viall and myself cleaned in the hat display for a combined total of 38 hours. It was very tedious work as every hat has to be cleaned with a toothbrush, paint brush or canned air and there are 186 on display. Duane Bundy has been cleaning glass and vacuuming as his schedule permits. Grant Miller has helped Gary move some showcases and put up the canopy given to us by Stevenson & Sons. It will be used for outside functions. We are so thankful for all of these people.
Aye Construction finished placing all the new screen doors, primed the outside storage shed door and finished putting the bolts in the roof of the Heritage Center/Old Miles Town building.
We did not get the Caviar Grant as it seems they had too many applications for the amount of money available. The Grant Station has been applied for but not yet received. This will give us a list of more grants for which we can apply.
I have been working with Cherika Penrod, the intern who is graduating this year with a major in Environmental Education. We have set a date in June, July and September for her to present a program to the public on Battle of Little Big Horn, Lewis & Clark, Indian Tribes of Montana and maybe something connecting with the Open House/Military Living History in August. Her research and programming has turned up many things I had never heard before.
Bunny Miller – Curator