Special Events & Exhibits

CARTER COUNTY MUSEUM, EKALAKA, MT

Special Exhibits and Events

Check out this page for changing exhibits and special events at the Carter County Museum.

MONDAYS, JANUARY 29, FEBRUARY 12, & FEBRUARY 26| FROM 6 - 8 P.M.

Reimagining Rural Program at Carter County Museum

The three-part Reimagining Rural program kicks off on January 29, with Tara Mastel, Program Leader for Community Vitality at Montana State University Extension who will share positive data and trends impacting rural communities and Theresa Doumitt, who will share how Roundup achieved their community-wide revitalization effort over the past few years. Mastel will share the "Rural Brain Gain" research and other information that sheds light on changes rural communities have experienced recently.

On February 12, the second session of Reimagining Rural will feature nationally known rural experts Becky McCray and Deb Brown, who encouraged community members to try new ideas as a way to deal with the changes we see in our small towns. Also featured is a story of success from a small Montana town.

On February 26, nationally known rural advocate and podcast host Rebecca Undem is the featured speaker for this final session of the Reimagining Rural program. Rebecca will share her story of renovating a 100-year-old building to create a co-working space in her town of 1,800 in Oakes, North Dakota. Rebecca speaks directly to the people in small towns that get things done, that dream big and make things happen, which illustrates some of the big ideas share in the first two sessions of Reimagining Rural.


Immediately following the speakers for each session, we will have a facilitated conversation about how the new ideas might work in our community. Snacks and drinks will be available. The Reimagining Rural series is locally hosted by the Carter County Museum, Fallon/Carter 4H Extension, Carter County Community Foundation, and the Cart

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 AT 9 A.M.

Exhibit Opening: Big Sky Seaway

Free Admission

"Big Sky Seaway" explores the evolutionary narrative of marine life during the Mowry through the Pierre Shale; a ~30 million year record of marine transitions. This travel through time will include highlighting vibrant marine diversity, such as ammonites, marine reptiles, crabs and more!

Funding for this exhibit provided by a Brand Montana Eastern Montana Initiative Tourism Grant.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 AT 9 A.M.

Exhibit Opening: Matthew Warren Lee, Artist in Residence

Free Admission

Matthew Warren Lee is a Wisconsin born artist and professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Lee applies traditional oil painting methods and materials from Northern Europe to contemporary scientific subjects. His landscapes depict rugged landscapes interrupted by human activity; from massive telescopes in Antarctica to dinosaur bones collected in Montana. Lee has been digging near Ekalaka with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology (Kenosha, Wisconsin) for nearly a decade. 2024 will mark Lee’s first official involvement with The Carter County Museum, who is hosting the first solo show of his work focused specifically on Dinosauria and Montana. This exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and diaries produced over several years of field work and studio time. This work seeks to create a space to contemplate a possible future, one that captures urgency and hope for both the preservation of nature and the ambitions of civilization.

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