Lookimg back on the 2018 season of the Old Trail Museum
Old Trail Museum opened a month earlier to host the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. The board members rented the School House for their meetings during the four days they were here at their annual conference. What a great group of writers and artists.
OTM had 3,803 visitors for 2018. Of that total 1846 were from out of state, 1499 were from in state, 160 were from Choteau, 135 were from Canada and 163 were from out of country with 24 different countries enjoying the museum.
Eleven student groups from all over the state and six large tour buses toured the museum.
Our annual Wild Game Feed held at the Event Center of the Stage Stop Inn in March drew a large crowd. This is OTM's major fundraiser to keep our museum open. What wonderful support we received from our community, businesses and individuals and lots of donations from outside our community. Our silent auction and live auction raised an outstanding amount and once again we thank all those who attended and contributed.
OTM had only one Wednesday evening program with Rich Clough, Bill and Maggie Luthin and Gary Betcher. It was music night and we had quite a large turn-out for this event and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you so much.
SOKA PIIWA Foundation made a very generous donation to pay for the maintenance of the grounds and other maintenance expenses at the museum. Boe Brothers Foundation also gave a generous donation for helping to maintain the museum. We sincerely thank then both.
Dave and ViVi Shea and Dave Hartman once again led two interpretive tours of the Old North Trail and other archeological sites. We are so happy with the turn-out for these tours and know they are enjoyed by all that participate. Dave and ViVi also did some individual tours that benefited the museum. Our next tours have been set for July 13th and July 20th 2019
Summer Day Camp was not held this past summer due to so many conflicts. We hope to have it for the 2019 season.
The Ice Cream Parlor was a very busy place again. Dawn Sullivan does an outstanding job. We are so glad to have her on board.
Our Flea Market on Labor Day had 12 vendors this year. We had a great turnout for this event.
We want to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped to keep the museum open during the 2018 season, especially Laurie Jorden and Linda Watson for volunteering to work one day a week each as curators. Also a big thank you goes to Mark Krause who has spent many hours entering all the accession records into an excel program in the computer.. What a great job he is doing.
OTM once again was invited to the Threshing Bee to sponsor our Dutch Oven Gathering. Jesse and Rose Crawford, Don Brookins, Kathje and Mitch Griffis, Becky Asby and Howard Taylor were the wonderful cooks. What yummy food. OTM split the proceeds with the Teton Antique Steam and Gas Association. We all had a great time.
Connie Hirsch's Carriage House was a busy place also. She was very happy with the outcome.
We will be getting a float ready for the Parade of Lights on December 1, 2018 to see if we can retain our coveted leg lamp by getting first place again this year.