Museum of the Beartooths

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Museum of the Beartooths

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Penny Redli

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Physical: 440 E. 5th Ave. N. Mailing: PO Box 1

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Columbus, MT 59019

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What is your organization’s mission?

The mission of the Stillwater Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the rich history, art and culture of the Stillwater County area, through the Museum of the Beartooths.

Provide a description of your organization including services offered, who your organization serves, service area, main events, etc.

The purpose of the Stillwater Historical Society is to operate the Museum of the Beartooths for the enjoyment of the citizens of Stillwater County.  The MoB will preserve and protect the Stillwater County area’s historical records, art, archival and museum art objects as well as the historical sites, and monuments. The MoB maintains and operates a research library, museum exhibits, art gallery and historical places.

What will funds raised through be utilized for in your organization?

The funds raised will be used for the care of and the exhibition of the Museum of the Beartooths collections.

Share any testimonials or great stories about your organization and how it enhances our community. 

Through the research library and the Museums exhibits, many student projects have been completed. In 2010-11, nearly 75 oral histories were completed of Stillwater County residents by Columbus High School Sophomores.

From 2009-2013 the museum partnered with several Columbus High School students to do research and build the exhibit “The Crow Tribes Influence on Stillwater County.” A booklet and a driving tour, of the same name, were also published using the student’s research. The 26-stop driving tour and publication were the culmination of hours of work by Columbus High School seniors enrolled in teacher Casey Olsen’s language arts class, in collaboration with the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus. Some of the students’ research traced the origins of place names, such as Absarokee, Joe Hill and the Beartooth Mountains. “I’ve lived here all my life and I never knew why some of the places were named what they were named,” said CHS graduate Ashtyn Aumueller. “It makes you appreciate where you’re living and it makes it more interesting,” added classmate Nicole Nelson. “It’s like we gained a connection with the Crow tribe that we didn’t even know existed until now,” she said. “We learned more about what life was like back then and it gave us a different perspective.”