This has been another exciting year of activities and changes at the RANGE RIDERS MUSEUM. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE MUSEUM THROUGH THE FUNDRAISERS, GIFT SHOP, AND DONATIONS, ASSISTED MANY RESEARCHERS lN THE ARCHIVES from individuals writing books to family research to property history.
SCHOOLTOURS from Colstrip, Forsyth, Glendive, Minot, N. Dakota, Sidney, Lame Deer and Miles City with a yearly total of about 250 students.
BUS TOURS from US tour and Billings Parks out of Billings and some of the 10 private tours were for the South Eastern Rodeo Royalty, Sons and Daughters of the Montana Pioneers, Mt.
Historical Society Board, Nibs and Edna Allen Foundation Board, Museum Ass. of Montana Conference attendees and their board on a different day, Luic Wibaux from France ( forT hours as he was researching his relative Pierre) and the German man traveling across the U S with pack mules( he was here 3 days).
FORT KEOGH OFFICERS QUARTERS- The inside was all refurbished and some items for displays have been placed. Special display cases are being built, items being sorted and repaired in preparation for the specialty rooms we want. An emergency occurred that require a large heater to be placed under the building so some moisture could be remover. Members of the board helped to gather and sort the 1,000s of pictures we have that are not on display. We have worked with the Montana Memories Project to have them digitized and placed in the Library in the Mt Historical Society. This will be an ongoing project. The board also cleaned one more storage area with ONLY 2 more to go.
2 more emergencies were found as we prepared to open in April .The ceiling in the Memorial Hall (over the stage) was caving in. Thankfully it was able to be repaired before it broke through, then some electrical repairs needed to be done in the main building. These along with a bad Bucking Horse Weekend due to the weather (we had snow the 3’d weekend in May) have made it a challenging year.
We are now opening April L5 and closing October 15 as it is too cold for the workers and guests.
RECEIVED MANY NEW ARTIFACTS from long time families to help tell the history of our area, such as historical pictures, artifacts that fit in our displays, a sheep wagon, clothes and toys. A comment we often hear is ” I have lived in this town for—- and have never been here till today and l’m going to be telling everyone I know about this treasure”. To me that says it all. This museum showcases our area history and we are can all be proud.
Work will continue next year with:
- FORT KEOGH OFFICERS QUARTER displays and repairing the other side that already houses artifacts.
- Finish cleaning the WAGON BARN
- Painting the Memorial Halt
- Oiling the saddles throughout the Museum
FOR THE MUSEUM TO CONTINUE TO BE THE KEEPER OF THE HISTORY OF OUR AREA AS A CENTER FOR HISTORICAL LEARNING AND VISITOR DISCOVERY, YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT ARE CRUCIAL. This is the only way the Museum is able to continue to gather, display and preserve the history of our area. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MUSEUM WAS BUILT AND OPERATES WITHOUT 51.00 OF YOUR TAXES? This is why your membership and generous giving are so important.
Today the Museum stands as a monument to their commitment and foresight: something they would greatly appreciate and the whole county can be proud of.
We are approaching the operring in April 15th. Hope to see you this season.
P.S. HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
- Please renew your membership and invite your friends to join. Remember the Lifetime
members have their name on the plaque in the Memorial Hall.
- Make a tax deductible charitable gift.
- Give a gift in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special. Remember to include the
name, address of a family member of the deceased to notify or, in the case of an honor gift,
the address ofthe person being honored.
- Shop at oud gift shop.
- Place your Brand on the fence
- Place your deceased loved one on our Veterans Memorial Wall