Annual Dino Shindig

  • Talks & Activities
    July 27, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Field Expedition
    Includes admission for one to the full day July 28 field expedition, including lunch and transportation. Admission to talks and activities on July 27 is included as well.
    July 28, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Sign up for the field expedition to join in the second day of the event, where you can travel to one of our active fossil sites and excavate real fossils. Some discoveries even end up on display in our museum!


The Seventh Annual Shindig is July 27-28, 2019!

Save the date and stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, watch this video by Silver City Productions, LLC for highlights from the 2017 Shindig!

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Plan Your Visit:

As you get ready for the Shindig, here’s a handy list of local lodging numbers:

Guest House Motel: 406-775-6337

Midway Motel: 406-775-6619

Beer Gulch Inn: 406-775-6258

DJ RV Park: 406-775-6753


Camping options include:

Medicine Rocks State Park is located north of Ekalaka MT at 1141 Highway 7.  The 330-acre park has an elevation of 3,379 feet and LatLong coordinates of 46.04550, -104.45839. Weathering of the park’s soft sandstone rock formations provide a unique landscape filled with meaning and serenity. Visitors can witness thousands of inscriptions on the sandstone pillars dating back centuries.

Non-residents are required to pay a $6.00 day use fee (not applicable if a camping fee is paid).  Out-of-state residents can purchase a Non-Resident Entrance Pass which allows free entrance on an unlimited number of visits and discounted camping fees for a year. A pass costs $35 per vehicle. The State Park Entrance Pass is valid for one year from month of issue, and are available for purchase through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing Service or at many state parks and any FWP office.

There are 12 campsites available.  Campsites are not reservable and available only on a first come, first served basis.  Under primitive park regulations, residents are not required to pay a camping fee; the non-resident camping fee is $28.00 per night.  All campsites are “dry” camping with no hookups; modern vault latrines are available throughout the park and water is available at the park entrance where fees may be paid.

For more information, call 406-377-6256 or by email at

Feek’s Vision Preview at Carter County Museum

  • Tooke Preview Dec. 19
    December 19, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tooke Preview Dec. 20
    December 20, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Event Phone: 4067756886

Join us at the museum for a exclusive Ekalaka preview of interview material and clips from the documentary film Feek’s Vision. Seating is limited so grab your ticket today! More information on the film and DVD pre-orders are available at

“Montana UFO’s and Extraterrestrials with Joan Bird” Hosted by Carter County Museum

  • Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials
    July 12, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ekalaka, MT – July 12, 2018

The Carter County Geological Society will host the Montana Conversations program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on July 12, 2018. The program will be at Carter County Museum at 6 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.

While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained in both government and private investigations. Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. Bird gives a short course in UFO literacy, using Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Montana seems to be a place where there is a lot of historical UFO activity. The audience is invited to share their own or their family’s stories.

Joan Bird is an author and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in zoology.

For more information, please call Carter County Museum at 406-775-6886.

Taxidermy Workshops

  • Taxidermy Workshop
    February 21, 2018
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Taxidermy Workshop
    February 28, 2018
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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So many of us here in Montana come across beautiful skins this time of year. Don’t throw them away! From skinning and tanning to preparing skulls and creating realistic mounts, let the museum help you achieve your preservation goals. Jenn Hall has been working in and teaching taxidermy for four years and can help you with birds, mammals, soft tans, skulls and fur for apparel–or maybe you have a unique idea you want to bounce off a professional! Join us every Wednesday in February from 5-8 p.m. at the museum for fun, relaxed and individualized taxidermy instruction!

CCGS Founder’s Day – Feek’s Vision

  • CCGS Founder's Day
    March 15, 2018 - March 16, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us March 15, 6 p.m., at the Ekalaka Events Center for our Annual Founder’s Day celebration. An update will be given on the museum as well as news about upcoming events, programming and exhibitions. Our featured presentation this year is film clips from the upcoming documentary Feek’s Vision by Ken Howie Studios. During Founder’s Day, we’ll talk about the documentary premiere at the 2018 NFR and have information about DVD pre orders.

The event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be included!

For more on the film, follow this link:

Archaeology Month – “Paleoindians in Montana: 13,000 – 8,000 years ago”

  • CCGS Meeting: Paleoindians in Montana
    April 5, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us at the Carter County Museum at 6 p.m. on April 5 for the Humanities Montana program “Paleoindians in Montana: 13,000 – 8,000 years ago” with speaker Ruthann Knudson. Part of our events for Archaeology Month, this lecture will explore Montana’s landscape as it was 14,000 years ago and the lifeways practiced by the paleoindians who lived there.

The event is free and open to the public!

A full press release is here: Archaeology Month at Carter County Museum

WESTPAS Disaster Planning Workshop

  • WESTPAS Disaster Planning Workshop
    Ekalaka, MT Monday 30 October 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Ekalaka Events Center Registration: WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery — A Two-Part Workshop — Part 1: ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (2.5 hours of archived webinars) Part 2: IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery (one day of hands-on training)
    October 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Join us in Ekalaka on October 30, 2017 from 9am-4pm
for the WESTPAS Workshop “Protecting Cultural Collections!” 

For more information on the program and how to register, check out this document: Ekalaka, MT Disaster Planning Workshop


The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two self-paced webinars (90 minutes each) plus a one-day in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

Requirements for attendance: Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the two self-paced webinars (2 ½ hours) BEFORE attending the in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor. The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend:  Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

To learn more about WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) visit their website at:

Eastern Montana Museum Association Meeting

  • Eastern Montana Museum Association Meeting
    October 7, 2017
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. at the Carter County Museum (306 N. Main Street) on October 7, 2017. The first workshop starts at 10 a.m.

The full schedule for the day is here: EMMA Agenda 2017

We are hosting two workshops sponsored by the Montana History Foundation. Information on the workshops can be found here: EMMA Workshops

The museum will be closed to the general public during the meeting. Lunch will be from 12-1p.m. at the Ekalaka Events Center (209 Speelmon Street ). Arch Ellwein will be presenting “Champion Buffalo Hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith” as a part of the Humanities Montana Conversations program.

For more information on the event, please call the museum at 405-775-6886

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Vegas Feek’s Vision Documentary Preview

  • Feek's Vision Public Screening
    December 9, 2018 - December 16, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Feek's Vision Public Screening
    December 12, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Feek's Vision Public Screening
    December 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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“Feek’s Vision” a Documentary by Ken Howie Studios, will premiere at the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Showings will be December 9, 12 and 13 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. For more information on the premiere, visit 

The Carter County Museum will also host a showing on December 19 and 20 2018.

“Feek’s Vision” chronicles the life and work of Feek Tooke. Called the Henry Ford of modern rodeo, Feek revolutionized the bucking horse industry when he crossed Prince, a Shire stallion, to the offspring of of Snowflake, an albino Arabian stud with a bad attitude. Today, more than 90 percent of winning bucking horse stock can be traced back to the Tooke line, including Gray Wolf, a 2016 Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee.

The Carter County Museum is the fiscal sponsor for the Feek’s Vision documentary. A portion of the donations made to the project will remain with the museum to help fund the Tooke Bucking Horse exhibition, a planned keystone element of the Keep Collections Local Expansion Campaign.

Donations to Feek’s Vision can be mailed to:

Feek’s Vision
c/0 Carter County Museum
P.O. Box 445
Ekalaka, MT 59324

For more information on Feek’s Vision and to preorder the film, go to:

Follow production of the film at:

Follow Tooke Bucking Horses on Facebook at:

Archaeology Month (Events April 6, 21)

  • Archaeology Month
    April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • CCGS Meeting
    April 6, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Artifact Roadshow
    April 21, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Archaeology Month Flyer








April is Montana Archaeology month! To celebrate, the museum is hosting a number of events including a special presentation about flintknapping materials at the April 6th meeting of the Carter County Geological Society (7 p.m.) and an Artifact Roadshow on April 21 from 1-4 p.m.

The Roadshow is hosted by the Miles City BLM office who will identify items that people bring to the museum during the 1-4 time period. Please note that no one is obligated to then donate their item to the museum, this is a way to see how museum resources can benefit communities and researchers! If you have any questions, please email