Name of the Organization:

Museum of the Beartooths

Contact Name:

Penny Redli

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Organization Address:

440 E. 5th Ave. N. / PO Box 1

City, State, Zip

Columbus, MT 59019

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MISSION:  Through the Museum of the Beartooths, the Stillwater Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, and share the rich history, art, and culture of the Stillwater County area.

The Museum of the Beartooths serves a population of 9,318 Stillwater County residents as well as the surrounding South-Central Montana area. In addition to area visitors, approximately a third of our nearly 5,000 visitors are from out of state. Many visitors continue to come from the Crow Reservation, making the fifty-mile drive to visit the museum for its in-depth exhibit on the history of the second Crow Agency. Many individuals, Crow Tribal members included, have come to research in the archives because of increased awareness and publicity of the 2nd Crow Agency history.  Ahead of the Curve child development center in Billings, Pryor Schools, Columbus Schools, Park City Schools, Molt School, Fishtail School, and Hardin Schools are some the area schools that come to learn about Stillwater County’s history.

MoB strives to achieve the highest levels of professionalism and meet the educational needs of Stillwater County and surrounding areas, within the resources available and a small dedicated staff.

Fundraising efforts have grown over previous years to include a raffle, a “Golfing for History” tournament, the “Stillwater Brewfest,” and the Museum’s annual “Stillwater Shindig” event. Even though fund raising for MoB has been expanded, the MoB board of directors are continually looking for funding options for the museum to meet the needs of the community, county, and people.

Funds will be used to further the mission to collect, preserve, and share the rich history, art and culture of the Stillwater County area.

The Museum of the Beartooths is the ONLY museum in Stillwater County and the sole place that one can learn of the history of the area. The County and community have a lot of pride in ownership in this facility. Many children visit the museum throughout the summer as well as school tours during the winter. The museum has been and will continue to be a place where the area visitors and residents can come and reminisce and learn about the past. Through the years, many large family collections have been entrusted to the museum for their preservation and to educate its visitors about the unique history of Stillwater County.

Many people have visited the museum this past year and have said “we have heard what a great museum this is and had to some see! And we will be back!”  Or “this museum is impressive!” One of the visitors who said she and her husband frequent small museums commented, “Best small museum in the U.S.! The curation of this museum invites one in to be part of the exhibit. Fantastic  job!”  Many are astonished that the museum is operated only through fundraising and donations.