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  • Jefferson County Museum Presents... A Ghostly Gathering

    MELODY PESTA, Jefferson County Museum|Oct 26, 2022

    Ellen Baumler will be at the Jefferson County Museum ( 5 North Main Street, Clancy) on Saturday, October 29 at 3 PM for ghost stories she has researched. If the crowd is too large for the museum, we will move to Clancy Methodist Church. The Book Seller will be open 1-3 PM before the start of the lecture in the Community Room of the ORSH. History and the supernatural are the canvas for this program that intertwines the past with the present. Historian, storyteller, and award-winning author Ellen Baumler weaves a ghostly web in a...

  • JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM PRESENTS: Glacier National Park: Its Early History

    MELODY PESTA, Jefferson County Museum|Sep 21, 2022

    This illustrated lecture by collector Lee Silliman of Missoula will investigate the story of Montana's Glacier National Park from Native American days to 1940 at the Jefferson County Museum in Clancy, Montana, on Saturday, October 1 starting at 3 PM. It complements Silliman's exhibition of early Glacier memorabilia such as old tourist album lithographs, original black and white photographs, and vintage promotional advertisements that will be on display at the museum from October through next...

  • '22 Jefferson County Museum Poster Winners

    MELODY PESTA, Jefferson County Museum|Apr 20, 2022

    (Note: A previously provided article included the 2021 winner's names, not the 2022 winners. This is the corrected article with photos.) Jefferson County Museum sponsored a county-wide poster contest for American History classes about homesteaders and early settlers in Jefferson County. Twenty-eight people judged the posters. Abby Miller and Tayan McMaster's poster about Edward Ryan, founder of Boulder was awarded first place (top photo). Second place went to Lily Delisle and Reese Wickens for t...

  • Jefferson County Museum Poster Winners

    MELODY PESTA, Jefferson County Museum|Apr 6, 2022

    Jefferson County Museum sponsored a county-wide poster contest for American History classes on the subject of mining in Jefferson County. The posters were judged by 124 people, including Clancy School's 7th and 8th-grade history classes, the museum board members and staff, and patrons of the museum. Winners of the Jefferson County Museum Mining Poster contest winners include first place: Brennan Peterson, second place: Rachel Van Blaricom, third place: Logan Gillmore, 4th place: Braden Morris,...

  • Visit Jefferson County Museum from Home

    Melody Pesta, Jefferson County Museum|Jul 7, 2021

    The Jefferson County Museum now has much of our collection online. You may access this database by going to or from our website at In this file management system there will be a picture of most items, along with a description of the artifact and its historical significance. This catalog is a work in progress. All of our books are online. Most of the artifacts and documents are available, although we plan to go back and add more complete i...

  • Kilns, Kilns & More Kilns at Jefferson County Museum

    Melody Pesta, Jefferson County Museum|Apr 14, 2021

    “Kilns, Kilns, and More Kilns: Remnants of Western Industry” is the newest exhibit at the Jefferson County Museum. This exhibit features images of an historical remnant critical to the nineteenth century mining industry in the Western states—the stone or brick kiln. These large ovens allowed materials to be heated to high temperatures under controlled conditions. Most photographs show old kilns that transformed wood into charcoal, an important fuel which produced high temperatures needed for smelting raw ores during the frontier era. These...