Presentation: The Smith Coal Mine Disaster
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Presentation: The Smith Coal Mine Disaster

September 13th (Friday) 5:30 PM, YCM Lobby

Join us to listen to Katrina talk about the Smith Coal Mine Disaster of 1943.

On February 27, 1943, the No. 3 Smith Mine in the small town of Bearcreek, Montana exploded killing a total of seventy-five individuals, seventy-four miners who were working in the mine and one rescuer. The Smith Mine disaster is the worst coal mining accident in the state of Montana and the second deadliest mining accident in Montana – behind the Granite Mountain explosion in Butte’s copper mine. Despite the importance of mining in Montana’s history and economy, the Smith Mine is slowly fading from the state’s history. This paper briefly analyzes the coal mining industry in Montana, the town of Bearcreek, and the conditions within the Smith Mine that allowed for a disaster such as this to occur. Following the historical backdrop of coal mining and the city of Bearcreek, this paper delves into the events that occurred on February 27, 1943 and the effect the explosion had on the community of Bearcreek.  

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Book Signing: Trudy Kempton Dana
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Book Signing: Trudy Kempton Dana

Come meet, Trudy Kempton Dana, the author of “The Kemptons: Adventures of a Montana Ranch Family, 1880-1964” at YCM on Monday September 9th from 1 to 3 pm.

“In its day, the famed Kempton Ranch was one of the larges horse and cattle operations in Montana, selling mounts to armies and polo-playing royalty alike. The Kemptons themselves were a storybook family - descended from Mayflower pilgrims, Sioux Indians, and a singer of the Declaration of Independence. Their own exploits make for a larger-than life Western epic.”

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How We Got Here
Sep
6
to Sep 7

How We Got Here

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The Yellowstone County Museum is celebrating 65 years of conserving and preserving history with the fundraiser event How We Got Here. The event takes place from September 6-7 and will feature a variety of early transportation and classic vehicles. September 6th is a private event for our sponsors from 5:30pm-10pm. and the 7th is open to the public from 11am-3pm.

Sixty-five years is a big deal and the YCM is going big to commemorate decades of preserving the history, artifacts, and culture of the Yellowstone River Basin. The How We Got Here exhibit and gala celebration takes place in and around a hangar at Edward’s Jet Center. The celebration promotes our diverse history and culture so that future generations will understand and appreciate the legacy of our pioneering ancestors.

Proceeds benefit the YCM’s education outreach program which provides children and youth with historical perspectives and an appreciation of the importance to save the knowledge and wisdom of our past.

Individual tickets to the private event on Friday are available for $75. There are many event activities and sponsorship levels. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us at (406) 256-6811.

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Open House 2019
Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Open House 2019

The Yellowstone County Museum (YCM) is celebrating 65 years of preserving, protecting, and interpreting the natural history and diverse cultures of the Yellowstone Valley and the Northern Plains. The open house takes place Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Billings Airport short term parking tickets will be stamped at the museum for free parking.

The museum includes the McCormick Cabin, originally home to a pioneer family in Billings. It was transported along the Rims in 1954 and opened to the public as a museum in 1956. Located atop the Rims at 1950 Airport Terminal Circle, across from the Billings Logan International Airport, the cabin serves as the entrance into the expanded museum.

The museum offers visitors an astonishing array of cultural artifacts and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from authentic Native American objects to keepsakes from the earliest pioneers through the mid-20th century.

Our anniversary celebrates an exhibit dedicated to the early Emergency Services of Yellowstone County. Other current exhibits include a tribute to the Billings Baseball Preservation Society, the involvement of our brave Yellowstone County soldiers in WWI, historically significant firearms of the region, and “Waiting for the Earth to Move” – the nation’s largest public display of Ghost Dance regalia.

YCM’s open house takes place Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The museum is located at 1950 Airport Terminal Circle. For more information, call Terry Steiner, Director at the Yellowstone County Museum, at (406) 256-6811.

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Howlin' at the Moon 2017
Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Howlin' at the Moon 2017

Fall has arrived and the moon is waxing - it's time for our annual Howlin' at the Moon fundraiser! Please join us on the museum's deck for an evening of dinner, drinks, music, and fellowship. This year we are also adding a live auction with some BIG PRIZES you DON'T want to miss!

This year's Howlin' at the Moon commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the United States of America joining the War to End All Wars. 1910s and WWI era costumes are encouraged!

TICKETS
$50
Please call or visit the museum to purchase your tickets.

AUCTION PRIZES

  • Week-long stay on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (beach house, pool, lobster dinner with excruciatingly good wine, island tours, and more included!!)
    ***UPDATE: With the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, our focus on St. Croix has shifted. In lieu of offering this trip, we will be taking a collection to support relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.***
  • Winchester Model -94 .30-30 Lever Action Rifle
  • 2 Round trip flights with Cape Air
  • and more!

Want to bid but can't make it to the event? We are accepting phone bids! Please call the museum for details.

Free parking available at museum and airport short term lot (bring parking pass to museum for validation).


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

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Exhibit Opening: Waiting for the Earth to Move
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibit Opening: Waiting for the Earth to Move

At a time of political and cultural turbulence, the 1890s Ghost Dance offered hope to the downtrodden tribes of the American Southwest and Plains. It promised Native Americans an escape from the oppression of white settlers and the federal government. They looked forward to a cataclysmic renewal of the earth that would herald the return of the bison and the resurrection of their ancestors.

Yellowstone County Museum's new exhibit features the Larry Williams Ghost Dance Collection, the largest assemblage of Ghost Dance objects on display in the world. The evocative imagery of Ghost Dancers' clothing and regalia captures both their pain and their anticipation of a better future.

Join us on Saturday, February 18th as we celebrate this new exhibit with a reception.

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Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell

The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”

Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park. Audiences will travel back in time to the 19th century, listening to Grinnell’s own words as taken from his field journals, memoirs, personal correspondence, and newspaper editorials. Presented by Hugh Grinnell. 

Join us at the museum, where history, entertainment, and refreshments await you! No admission fee.

Parking is available at museum or airport short term lot (bring parking pass into museum for validation).

This event is presented in collaboration with Humanities Montana. For more information on supporting this organization, please visit http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/donate/whygive.php

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