Wolf Point Herald

Museum News - Sept. 11

 

The Wolf Point Area Museum, located at 203 U.S. Hwy. 2, will close for the season Friday, Sept. 13. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Admission is free, a gift shop is on the premises, and plenty of off-highway parking is available. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

 

In the last 16½ weeks, 651 visitors have stepped through the museum’s front doors including visitors from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Australia, Italy, Switzerland and Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada — that’s visitors from 34 states, three Canadian provinces and four countries.

 

Richard and Kathy Kurtz, curators of the Museum, will be on hand for the remainder of the week to assist you with your last chance of the season to discover the heritage and history of Wolf Point and the surrounding area. Twenty- one new acquisitions have been received this year.

 

Smile, Hold That Pose, This Will Only Take A Minute!

 

Times have really changed in preserving you and your loved ones for posterity. From a turn of the century glass plate portrait camera, to 35 mm accordion and pocket cameras, to video tape recording equipment, come to the Wolf Point Area Museum for a shutterbug experience. 

 

The portrait camera was originally designed to use 11x14-inch glass plates before film was invented.  Later, film holder inserts were added to allow for “cut” films; reducing backs were provided to handle 8x10-inch film; and a unique curtain slide holder allowed the use of less expensive 5x7-inch film. 

 

This camera was originally brought to Wolf Point at the turn of the century by a Mr. Gulhaug who also invented and patented the Gulhaug Printer for the making of small portraits and Kodak pictures in the early 1920s.

 

Six owners of three studios have done business in Wolf Point. Mr. Gulhaug built the first studio at the turn of century and sold it to Chick Ferguson in 1924 who sold it to Harry Lovejoy in 1926. Harry Lovejoy sold the studio back to Chick Ferguson in 1946, who operated the studio into the 1970s. Frank Martin also operated a studio on Second Avenue until his passing in 1974 when it was bought by Don Carpenter. A Mr. Trier also operated a studio in Wolf Point, but little is known about this business.