June 4, 2022 Curators Report For Annual Meeting
This report covers from June, 2021 to June, 2022.
The main projects we finished were:
• New Brochures—paid for by the Custer County Chamber of Commerce
• Main log building-sandblasted, repaired, sealed, stained the logs and chinked the logs—work done by the Anish—cost covered by grants
• Concrete from the edge of the building to the sidewalk—work done by A1 Concrete—cost covered by gants
• Western Heritage Center in Billings, Mt. has a display titled “ Conquering Diseases of the Past” and have borrowed our Iron Lung.
Projects for 2022
• New roof on the Memorial Hall
• Picture displays in the Officers’ Quarters—cost covered by a grant and memorials
• Military displays
• Woman’s displays
• Repairs we can do without a contractor
• 1. Build a new ramp on the log cabin
• 2. Repair the white windmill
• 3. Paint cowboy sign
• 5 books donated by Jeff Streeley from Missoula
• Camera used to take early pictures of Mt. and said to have taken pictures of convicts donated by the Garfield Co. Commissioners in Jordan, Mt.
• The Museum donated the use of the Hall to the square dancers and the exercise group from the Senior Center when they had a plumbing problem
• Beaded wedding purse donated by the Jim Willson family
• 4 rifles donated by Lee Spears
• 3 dresses, 1blouse for displays and 3 fur coats to be sold as a fundraiser for the museum donated by the Epstein grandchildren
• 3 Huffman pictures donated by Carol McDonald
• 10 knives to be sold in the gift shop donated by Al Kwasinski
• Battery operated vacuum donated by Sharon Moore
• Large dust rags with hand holders donated by Tim Donnelly
Volunteers some from RSVP:
• Ed Mayberry—Both years
• Jane Shaw—2021
• Karen Hathaway—Both Years
• Grant Miller—both years
• Greg Waldie—2022
• Janet Cline—2022
• Gary Clarke—2022
• Leigh Allison— as needed both years
• Wiley Snell—-as needed both years
• Jackie Stroh— as needed both years
Retired teachers—clean school house each year
Functions the Museum sponsored:
• Open House—on Sept 18, 2021—the focus was the completion of the remodeling of the Officers Quarters featuring the Chad Cyrus Taxidermy Collection. The History Group that Mark Jacobson is a part of, set up their displays and explained many thing of the older days to the guests.
• February 27th, was the Cowboy Poetry Gathering Fundraiser that continues to increasing every year in people attendance
• The Board of the Museum Directors served the guests a sit down dinner with an Auction , as a fundraiser on March the 5th
• Cowboy Breakfast on Saturday of the Bucking Horse Sale was the best we’ve ever had, feeding about 250. The 3 days of guests through the front door also was the best we’ve ever had by $420. We also had a car and sponsored some wagons in the parade.
The end of year numbers were: 7,000 visitors from every state except Rhode Island and 9 foreign countries, with 96 functions in the Hall. 9 schools with approximately 210 students went through on field trips and 1 bus tour.
All things considered we feel we had a very good year. Thanks to all who donated one way or another, came as guests, helped on projects , moved snow and came on clean up days.