July14, 2021 Curators report,
The past 6 weeks have been very busy. Many guests and 2 weeks ago it was almost like Bucking Horse Weekend. People all over the place and we sold almost $1,000 out of the gift shop.
Bucking Horse Weekend was a great success. At the breakfast we fed almost the same amount as 2019. The wagon pulled by Gary Haughian won their division in the parade and we were $700 ahead of 2019 through the door. Don DeJarnet had a book signing that weekend also. He gave us a commission on all he sold of which we took out in trade. The book is a novel about the CBC. Wally Badgett talked to people at the breakfast and brought in 18 new members.
Three weeks later we had the annual meeting and voted in 3 new board members. Clarence Brown, Roger Sprague with Mark Jacobson appointed to finish the term of Dr. Grierson. That evening we fed over 100at the Memorial Plaque Dedication .We honored Earl and Imogene Mitchell, Elaine Runph Geib, Cliff Wolfe, Lewis Jansson, Herman and June Krutzfeldt, and John and Pearl Moore.
The Chad Cyrus Taxidermy collection is being enjoyed by many. Chad’s father Mike came and set up a T.V. that plays 2-6 minute documentary’s on a loop. This is quite an addition to the exhibit.
Many tours come every year and in the last 6 weeks we have had the Custer and Lame Deer schools, a group from Mental Health, Leadership Montana and the Teen Tour for a total of 78 Visitors. We also had a gentleman from New Jersey connected with the railroad. I had been visiting with him on e-mail. He came at 9 in the morning, never left for lunch and as I was locking up I literally turned the lights off on him as I thought he had left.
The Chamber called to say our new brochures were ready I went and picked up 3 boxes. The next day Justin, a volunteer, took them around to the hotel, motels and the RV parks. There were 375 in a box and after I had put some in the museum he distributed all the rest.
The donations were: a catalog of bits to be used for research donated by Marlene Watts, Chaps from a man in Laramie, Wyo., Baby Moccasins donated by David Stenton from three forks and a group of western items from people in Kalispell.
We let people use our extra chairs and during this time the Church in the park used some for their monthly service and the service during the Bucking Horse Sale, the Miles City Saddlery will use some for Crazy Days and Notbahm Motors used some for a celebration they had, we were pleased that Notbahm Motors sent us a donation in appreciation.
When we heard the Senior Center had a sewer problem so we offered the Arthritis Group the use of the hall for their exercise program. They meet Monday and Thursday from 8:30-9:30. They were very appreciative as we have air-conditioning and are handy capped accessible.
We had 7 functions in the Memorial Hall during this time with 21 more dated before the end of the year.
Volunteers were: Rsvp-Ed Mayberry, Jane Shaw, Karen Hathaway, and Grant Miller. Verna Viall has been painting in the Hall. Billie Gee comes and cleans, Justin Haley has finished all the typing and Wiley Snell has been trimming trees and doing small repairs.
Respectfully Submitted by Bunny Miller-Curator.