Preservation Road Show heads to Red Lodge

Tour Red Lodge and environs June 1-4 with the Montana Preservation Alliance

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Explore the Beartooth Hwy. aboard antique yellow buses
Explore the Beartooth Hwy. aboard antique yellow busesPhoto © Montana Preservation Alliance

The annual Preservation Road Show, “The Path Less Traveled,” explores Red Lodge June 1-4 during the Montana Preservation Alliance’s touring conference.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the most visionary action in our nation’s history to protect our irreplaceable heritage. In honor of this milestone, the MPA is planning a Preservation Road Show that will outshine them all. So, grab your walking shoes, hop on the tour bus, and join the MPA June 1-4 in Red Lodge.

Tour highlights include:

  • Full-day and half-day tours exploring homesteading and ethnic heritage, Bearcreek and Smith Mine history, Custer National Forest history, prehistoric rock art and Native American history of the Pryor Mountains and the Second Crow Agency;
  • Beartooth Highway excursion on authentic Yellowstone Buses;
  • Horse-drawn wagon and walking tours in Red Lodge; and
  • Workshops on heritage tourism, downtown revitalization and schoolhouse preservation.

Kimber Craine, director of Program Initiatives with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, will start the festivities on June 1 with a talk on the importance and impact of historic preservation over the last 50 years on cultural tourism.

Dr. Carroll Van West, author of A Traveler’s Companion to Montana History will look back over 30 years of documenting Montana’s rural historic sites, with success stories and recommendations for the future. And Barbara Pahl, senior vice president for Field Services, National Trust for Historic Preservation, will give her insights on the future of preservation and how stewardship of public lands and rural places is essential to protect the great legacy of America’s past.

For details, call 406-457-2822 or visit