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Opening day at The Heritage Museum May 31st
by The Heritage Museum
May 27, 2014

Once again it’s time to celebrate the Heritage Museum’s annual Opening Day on Saturday, May 31st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 10:15 a.m., the Readers Theater for Kids will perform in the Beebe Room. There will be two stories, one historical and one humorous. Adults will enjoy then, too!

At 11:00 a.m., Author Karen Stevens will present "Haunted Montana: Where the Ghosts Are!" She grew up in a haunted house and has been fascinated by ghosts ever since. Stevens is an experienced paranormal investigator and is the author of three books: Haunted Montana, More Haunted Montana and Glacier Ghosts, Legends and Mysteries. This presentation was made possible through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau Program which is partially funded by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From 12:00-2:00 Patty Rambo and some of her students will be playing and teaching traditional Native American games in the yard. These games, which have been researched, restored and reintroduced by the International Traditional Games Society, are fun and teach the life skills that were (and still are) necessary for the survival of the native culture.

Additionally in the yard, there will be an array of demonstrations and activities throughout the day. Antique machinery will be operating and the Model T, Hyster lumber carrier and Buffalo fire truck will be on display. Stop by the Shay shed to see how the restoration of this locomotive is progressing. Learn how to pan for gold or stop by the Kootenai Muzzleloaders’ tent and see examples of their skills and wares. The Lincoln County Amateur Radio Group will set up under the trees ready to answer questions, explain their equipment or demonstrate the sending of messages, some in Morse code, around the world.

All day, the historic Sylvanite Cookhouse will be open, serving up delicious burgers and much more. Enjoy some lunch and save room for delicious homemade pie!

At 1:00 p.m. John Ryan Beebe, using a PowerPoint presentation, will discuss the 1947 Kaufman Report: "Toward the Stabilization of a Forest Community" and how it was used, in part, by the J. Neils Lumber Company to help develop a sustained yield plan.

If you missed The Montana Heritage Tour on Montana Public Television, this is your chance to see one part of the tour which includes The Heritage Museum, as well as the Whitefish and Polson museums. This was a joint venture of the Montana Historical Society and Helena Civic TV which filmed small, rural museums throughout Montana to air on PBS. It will play at 2:30 in the Beebe Room.

There is always something new to see at the museum. This year, the Rocks and Minerals exhibit has been refurbished and there is a new display of military uniforms. Be sure to take a look at the Chautauqua exhibit, timely because of the New Old Time Chautauqua that will be travelling to Libby this July. The museum hosts changing exhibits in the Tower Gallery throughout the summer. In June, artwork from the Libby Fine Arts Group will be displayed, followed by quilts from the Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild in July. Photography will finish out the season in August. After May 31st, The Heritage Museum will be open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. through August 31st.

The museum cordially invites everyone from the very young to the "old-timers" to come and enjoy the day. See what is new and reminisce about the old.

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