If you’ve never been to the Glacier County Historical Museum, you don’t know what you’re missing! This weekend is the perfect time to take a short drive to see all the museum has to offer during its two-day “Christmas at the Museum” open house. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 107 Old Kevin Highway, just east and north of Cut Bank.
The museum staff, volunteers and board of directors are serving up lunch both days in the 1920s Club Café, located in the Pioneer Bar building. Homemade soups, bread and pie are on the menu and will be served for $10 per person while it lasts.
There will be living history exhibits in the museum’s 1935 oil worker’s house and the 1917 homestead house. The museum staff has also recreated the P.P. Lee Mercantile, also known as the Pioneer Store, which was started in 1905. All three are located within easy walking distance of the museum.
Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a special appearance. He will be on hand both days for “instant” photos with children of all ages for the reasonable fee of $5, which also includes a Christmas card reprinted from the museum’s collection. Santa is donating all the proceeds to the museum and its programs.
The two days will also feature many exhibits of toys, miniature trains, Christmas postcards and cards from days gone by. “Vintage toys and games enjoyed by Glacier County residents will be located throughout the museum,” said Seglem.
“The miniature train exhibit will showcase what many little boys expected as gifts at Christmas. Lionel, Ives, American Flyer and Marx trains were favorites,” she continued.
There will be an exhibit about four different families from this area and how they celebrated Christmas by sharing postcards.
For those looking for that special Christmas card to send, the gift shop still has a few quality reproductions available, said Seglem.
This weekend also kicks off the Glacier County Historical Museum’s annual membership drive. Membership information will be available at the museum. “We are hoping to recruit some new members and give our present members the chance to renew their membership while they’re enjoying all the museum has to offer,” said Seglem.
In addition, there will be a bake sale with lots of homemade goodies. No need to bake this holiday, simply stop in and support the museum’s Christmas bake sale.
If you would like to bake something for the sale you are welcome to do so. Organizers could also use a few more pies for the lunch and a few extra volunteers to help make sure the event is a success. If you can help, please contact Seglem at (406) 470-1621.
“Christmas at the Museum” is the culmination of planning and hard work by Museum Director Dennis Seglem, former Collections Coordinator and volunteer Sara Strain, and Board members Bob Bacon (president), Larry Kaleva, Jessica Henigman, Angela Andersen, Merle Shortman, Gabby Hamm, Dave Henderson and Marsha Atherton and many volunteers.
All proceeds from the two-day event will help retain the quality programming and collections at the Glacier County Historical Museum.