History grants go to Adams Hotel, other projects

The Montana History Foundation announced the awarding of grants totaling $117,000 on Wednesday.

“Our grant recipients are new and unique every year,” MHF President and CEO Charlene Porsild said in a press release. “We are so proud to support projects from Libby to Ekalaka and all points in between this year ranging from interpretive signage of outdoor exhibits to curation of dinosaur fossils to restoration work on a log cabin or an historic hotel.”

One “standout” recipient, the release continued, is the Crow Language Consortium Dictionary Project in Hardin, whose goal is design, review and publish the first professionally produced Crow dictionary.

The Crow language is classified as “definitely endangered,” the foundation said, with a 60 percent decline in school-age speakers of Crow between 1969 and 2002. That project was awarded $5,000 by the Helena-based foundation.

Other $5,000 recipients include the historic Adams Hotel in Lavina and the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, whose annual “Dino Shindig” was named the Event of the Year during last week’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation.

“It is our mission to support projects large and small,” Porsild said. “And this year’s winners really reflect the quality of preservation work being accomplished across the state.”

The Montana History Foundation, established in 1985, is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that works to preserve the legacy of Montana’s past. Here’s a complete list of winning projects:

Billings region

♦ Friends of the Historic Adams Hotel, Lavina, Golden Valley County, $5,000 for repairs to the foundation and basement, plus the work of a structural engineer.

♦ Lewistown Historic Resources Commission, Fergus County, $3,000 for the preservation of Lewistown cemeteries, mausoleums and gravestones.

♦ Carter County Museum, Ekalaka, $5,000 for rehousing museum collections.

♦ Upper Musselshell Museum, Harlowton, Wheatland County, $1,080 for military clothing protection and photo media supplies.

♦ Western Heritage Center, Billings, Yellowstone County, $850 for photograph collections.

♦ Billings Preservation Society Inc./Moss Mansion Museum, Billings, $5,000 for Moss Mansion Museum research and development new self-guided tours.

♦ Crow Language Consortium, Hardin, Big Horn County, $5,000 for Crow Dictionary project.

Elsewhere in Montana

♦ Belt Theater Company, Cascade County, $5,000 for replacing the theater’s rear pedestrian bridge to Butte Street.

♦ C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Cascade County, $5,000 for the Charles M. Russell House conservation project.

♦ City of Livingston, Park County, $5,000 for Livingston Commercial Historic District survey project.

♦ Friends of the Elkhorn Water Tank, Jefferson County, $5,000 for restoration of the water tank.

♦ Helmville Community Club, Powell County, $5,000 for restoration of the Helmville Grandstand.

♦ Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Flathead County, $1,750 for trim and architrave restoration.

♦ Lincoln School Foundation, Park County, $5,000 for window replacement.

♦ Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Charlo, Lake County, $5,000 for Jacko Valley Cabin project.

♦ North Central Montana Retired Educators Association, Great Falls, Zion School paint and restoration project.

♦ Plains Woman’s Club, Sanders County, $4,000 for Old Log Schoolhouse roof replacement and building stabilization.

♦ Sun River Valley Historical Society, Fort Show, Cascade County, $5,000 for adobe wall repair.

♦ The Original Montana club, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, $5,000 for stained-glass window restoration.

♦ City of Helena, $750 for preserving Helena City Council minute books.

♦ Montana Heritage Commission, Nevada City, Madison County, $5,000 for restoring Nevada City music machine.

♦ Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee, Paradise, Sanders County, $5,000 for book project.

♦ Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society, Hamilton, $4,000 collections care project.

♦ Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County, Livingston, $5,000 for railroad collection, cataloging and archival storage.

♦ Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, $1,000 for “A Walk Through Butte in 100 Objects.”

♦ MSU Library, White Sulphur Springs, Meagher County, $5,000 for “The History of Weather in Doig country: Tying Regional interviews to Place-Based Literature.”

♦ Sanders County Community Development Corp., Thompson Falls, $750 for interpretive signs on Thompson Falls Community Trail.

♦ The Heritage Museum, Libby, Lincoln County, $5,000 for outdoor signs and interpretive displays at the museum.

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