Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Area Museum, located at 203 U.S. Hwy. 2, was open from May 15 through Sept. 13. Admission was free, a gift shop is located on the premises and plenty of off-highway parking was available. Free Wi-Fi was also available through the summer season.
In the last 17½ weeks, 669 visitors 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 Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming; Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada; Switzerland; China; Italy; and Australia — with visitors coming from 35 states, three Canadian provinces and four additional foreign countries.
Richard and Kathy Kurtz, curators of the museum, have been on hand to assist in discovering the heritage and history of Wolf Point and the surrounding area. Twenty- four new acquisitions were received this year.
Public support and visitation at the Wolf Point Area Museum has been tremendous over the last four months. Numerous residents of Wolf Point, Roosevelt County and across northeast Montana have visited for the first time or after many years’ absence. Many out-of-state visitors have stopped in while on vacation or with Wolf Point as their destination.
Visitors from five countries have also stopped in to say, “Hello.” It has been wonderful to talk with each visitor about their lives and adventures, their connection to northeast Montana or their hometown histories and families. A wealth of history has walked through the museum doors including many never-before-heard stories from those that have “talked the talk and walked the walk.”
This year, the museum’s success has made the staff and board members proud to call Montana home and even prouder to have served the public with a wonderful treasure trove of experiences, travels, struggles, triumphs and tragedies preserved for visitors’ viewing.
The museum board is active year-round with the wine tasting and live and silent auction, which will be held Nov. 8 at the Elks Club. The Montana Shamrockers of Polson will be on hand to provide the entertainment. A spaghetti feed will be featured.