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Peter Yegen, Jr.

Yellowstone County Museum

1950 Terminal Circle, Billings MT 59105
Phone: 406-256-6811 Fax: 406-254-6031

Director's Message

Happy Holidays!! I am looking out my office window at the Pryor Mountains which are completely invisible due to fog, snow and very cool temperatures... looks like winter has finally arrived. We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm: "Christmas at the Cabin..." join us for some refreshments and view our authentic historical collection of artifacts. We look forward to your visit!!

I have attended quite a few seminars in the past months, learning more and more about what is happening in Montana museums. Much work is being done to promote Lewis and Clark and th Corps of Discovery History and the great history of our state. There are approximately 200 museums in Montana, each on offering a unique perspective of the history, economic development, and contemporary viewpoints that celebrate our state. It is wonderful to see so much interest.

I hope you all have a safe, fulfilling and memorable Holiday Season. Come and shop our Lewis and Clark Trading post Gift Shop if you are in the market for a unique item for that special someone. We are here for you. Come and visit your Museum.

Suzanne M. M. Warner, MA
Director/Education Curator
Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone County Museum

At the Museum

During Thanksgiving Week, the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Conservator, Terri Schindel, came from Boulder, Colorado and assisted us in working with the Museum's Photograph Collection. We worked on conservation methods, preservation, cataloguing and storage issues. It was a very informative and productive time and we all came away with loads of knowledge. Thank you Terri and the National Endowment for the Humanities!

Anna Belzer, our ExxonMobil Intern Grant recipient from Rocky Mountain College has been tackling a whole trunk of artifacts, photographs and family memorabilia... cataloguing, sorting, putting a story together. It has opened a new door for her and what the real work of historical museum is about. We appreciate her efforts, enthusiasm and excellent work. Thanks, Anna and ExxonMobil!

The Museum will be closed the whole month of January 2002 to clean, work on new exhibits and prepare for the new year. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you would ike to have a tour or have students or a group that would like to view the Museum please call 256-6811 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you.

Victorian Aid Society

Were you born too late? Do you long for the age of gracious teas, elegant balls, and charming manners? Then, you are cordially invited to join the Victorian Aid Society of Montana. The Society is a new Living History Club open to anyone interested in history, traditional crafts, or vintage clothing.

An organizational meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2002 at 7:00pm at the Parmly Billings Library meeting room. The meeting will begin with a traditional dessert social, featuring cakes and sweets from the Victorian Era. Anne Foster, Director of the Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture will present a short talk on Victorian and Edwardian Fashions. Following the presentation, those interested in forming a club will be asked to join in an organizational discussion.

Members of the Society share an interest in the customs and costumes of the past. In the spirit of voluntary clubs of the past, the Society provides costumed volunteers for museums, and other cultural institutions, raises funds for preservation and educational programming and promotes the study of history. Members also enjoy a variety of social activities including high teas, literary salons and fancy dress balls.

For more information contact Anne at 348-2533 or call us here at the Museum at 256-6811.


Gerry Borer comes every Monday and Wednesday morning and is always willing to tackle any task. Thanks Gerry!

Allan Clark works on Thursdays and is also assisting with the Military Exhibit. Thanks Allan!

Jean Haskett, our summer MSU-Billings practicum student now comes as a volunteer every Friday. Jean also attended the National Endowment for the Humanities training over Thanksgiving. Thanks, Jeannie!

From the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program):

Jack Brown works Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day Saturday. His affection for the Museum and its history are a welcome addition. Thank you, Jack!

Eunice Pust puts in time on Tuesday afternoons and always helps with receptions and other events. Thanks, Eunice!

Margaret Evans works on Monday afternoons. Mary Bolenske is taking the winter off but has agreed to be "On Call". Craig Derry usually works on Tuesday mornings but recently has needed some time off. We thank you all!

Without our volunteers, the work of the Museum slows down. We are always in need of interested folks with some extra time to help out. If you want to come and learn about Museums, Billings History, and meet folks from all over the world in a peaceful place with a great view...this is the place!! Call Suzanne at 256-6811 for more information.