The Montana Preservation Alliance’s annual Montana Preservation Road Show travels to Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls and around the Flathead/Glacier region June 13-16, in a collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Region 1.
Get ready for “four days of uncommon tours and talks with local and national experts, all focused on rural and lesser-known historic places in the Flathead/Glacier region,” says MPA Outreach Director Christine Brown.
Keynote speakers explore Sperry’s future
Preservation Road Show: Uncommon Tours & Talks
The Road Show launches from a different small town every other year with the mission to immerse participants in the history and culture of rural Montana, spotlight great local preservation efforts, and raise awareness of the importance of preserving Montana’s historic buildings and cultural landscapes.
“The Flathead has such a wealth of architecture, history, and cultural sites to learn about, we’ve really had a hard time narrowing down all the choices to fit into four days,” says Brown. “It will be a tough decision for a lot of folks to choose which all-day and half-day tours they want to take.”
Among the tour highlights:
- Explore the North Fork Road and its history on a trip to Big Creek Work Center, Polebridge, and other North Fork landmarks with local historians and the Flathead National Forest archaeologist.
- Head east to Browning and St. Mary Lake to learn Blackfeet history and culture with tribal experts.
- See the Flathead through the eyes of the merchants and magnates responsible for high-style landmarks like Belton Chalet, Lake McDonald Lodge, the Conrad Mansion and Cemetery and more, with historian Ellen Baumler and architect Jim McDonald.
- Discover post-World War II industrial architecture at Hungry Horse Dam, and at the ruins of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company plant with local and national experts.
For those who can’t attend the full conference, tours on Saturday offer a one-day registration fee. These include learning about Salish-Kootenai history and culture; Spotted Bear Ranger District history; or Lower Valley historic barns.
Workshop and talk highlights:
- Saving Sperry Chalet with Glacier National Park Superintendent, Jeff Mow and engineer, Tom Beaudette;
- “Montana’s Small Towns: Then, Now, and Tomorrow” with Hal Stearns;
- Preserving historic wood windows with Forest Service and preservation specialists;
- Historic Preservation Funding short course with the Montana History Foundation;
- “Exploring Ice Patch Archaeology” with archaeologist Craig Lee; and
- “Preserving Montana’s Majestic Fire Lookout Towers” with Chuck Manning and historian Janene Caywood.
Register still open
The conference rate is $225-$250 per person and includes a reception on June 13; all-day tour, lunch, and evening presentation on June 14; and talks, lunch, and half-day tour on June 15. Tours on June 13 and June 16 are optional and cost $50 to $100 each.
Conference participants are encouraged to book hotel reservations as early as possible due to high demand for rooms near Glacier National Park. Road Show conference headquarters will be at the Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls; MPA also has room blocks reserved until May 13 at Belton Chalet in West Glacier, Glacier Highland Motel in West Glacier and the West Glacier Motel.