.April 3, 2017 Meeting   (see photos below)

We had a great meeting this past Monday, April 3rd, with two great presentations.  Jane Weber, assisted by Ken Robison gave very informative presentation on the Upper Missouri Heritage Area.  If you have an interested group we suggest you get in touch with Jane Weber (see info below) for a presentation.

You can see pictures and links at  https://www.historypin.org/en/person/62589

You can see a map of the area at https://greatfallsmt.net/sites/default/files/fileattachments/planning_and_community_development/page/42121/proposed_nha_boundary.pdf

More info at  https://greatfallsmt.net/planning/heritage-tourism-planning

For more information, please contact Jane Weber, Chair of the Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation, Inc. at (406) 454-6814.

We also had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Bob Brown, aka Capt. Charles Rawn.  Captain Rawn will appear and make presentations at our 150th Anniversary Celebration. You won’t want to miss this.  Dr. Bob’s book “CAPTAIN CHARLES RAWN and The FRONTIER INFANTRY in MONTANA” is available at book stores and will be on sale at our celebration. 

Burnette announced that the Society has received the grant for $5000 from the Montana Historical Society and will enable us to finish the adobe wall repair.    Great job Burnette!  She also reported on our effort to establish the Memory Tower at the vault. See our website for your application.  Burnette also reported that we have received several donations of recent and thank everyone who has is making donations.

Fort Shaw 150th Anniversary chairperson Sue Williams informed everyone that plans are taking shape for our celebration on August 13, 2017.  Sue related that we have several re-enactors lined up, including 1st U.S. Volunteer Regiment Company H Civil War re-enactors, the Lewis & Clark Honor Guard, Dr. Bob Brown aka Capt. Rawn, Society members at key sites, Civil War re-enactor Dennis Borud, a Brother Van re-enactor, buggy rides to the Historic Military Cemetery with talks by Dick Thoroughman and other demonstrations.  ,. We’ll have new signs at all stations shown on our Walking Tour Map being by made by John Bennett. Plans are being made to have vendors.  We’ll have books, souvenir t-shirts and medallions for sale. Lunch will be available on site.  Breakfast and a car show is planned to take place at the Fort Shaw Community Center. There are likely other activities that slip my mind at the moment.  A lot of work at the Fort is being done and more will be done before the event.  Volunteers will be needed for clean-up, painting, and participation at the event.  If YOU would like to volunteer please call Sue at 465-5961 or Burnette at 965-3025.

Pictures taken at the meeting will appear below.

We were honored by a visit of Nora Lukin of Browning, MT and her daughter Mary.  Nora (age 97) is a niece of Belle Johnson, who played on the 1904 Fort Shaw Worlds Champions basketball team.

Ken Robison let us know that the new “Sun River Leaving” highway sign is erected just west of Vaughn.  Bob Milford reported that his effort on the Adams Barn is moving ahead and the next meeting of the group is at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19th at the Lions’ building in Simms.

Lots of discussion, visiting, refreshments and door prizes.

Our Annual Meeting with election of officers is scheduled for May 1st.  See you there.

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