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By Robin Cadby-Sorensen
Contributing Writer 

Museum open for 2020 season


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Visitors check out the musuem last year.

The Headwaters Heritage Museum opened June 15 and will remain open until September 15. The hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily, except Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings have been discontinued. Admission is free. Due to Covid-19, the museum is sanitized after visitations and volunteers either wear masks or maintain social distancing from the visitors.

There are many new exhibits this year, a Lewis and Clark display, much of which was donated by R.G. and Jackie Montgomery of Bozeman; a display of the various newspapers that show the history of newspapers in Three Forks, and includes vintage printing hardware compliments of Jim and JoRill Jewett, former owners of the Three Forks Herald; plus, in continuation of the newspaper theme, a selection of old newspapers that commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Three Forks school memorabilia is another new exhibit in the Gilmore Room. The Gilmore Room also holds a new display of election memorabilia of pins, posters, pictures, slogans, and even plates with pictures of past Presidents.

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Pictured is the museum curator Robin Cadby-Sorensen

The railroad room upstairs has been replaced by the new "Willow Creek Room" and has many Willow Creek artifacts on display, such as a silk wedding dress dating to 1916, a side saddle, an old clock, and much more. The railroad artifacts will be displayed in the Railroad and Trident Heritage Center (also known as Trident NP depot).

The yard behind the museum has seen much improvement this spring, thanks to Pat and Gene Townsend. New sod replaced patches of cement that was unsightly; gray pavers replaced the wood in front of the cabin; the canoe was removed due to its weathered condition and a new fence was installed. Permanent descriptive signs will be added for each artifact.

To be a volunteer at the museum is an opportunity to learn the rich history of this area and to meet new and interesting visitors, plus a chance to see locals that visit now and then. To volunteer, email contact information to [email protected]


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