Our Museum has been open since 2004. Open all year.
The purpose of the County Museum shall be to preserve and promote culturally and historically significant sites and heritage throughout the county to cooperate and assist in establishing and maintaining any museums in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County museum and its Preservation Board also shall:
- Manage heritage properties, historical sites and antiquities owned by Jefferson County
- Identify privately owned heritage properties and paleontological remains and register those in need of protection
- Preserve and protect any property or object donated or loaned to Jefferson County that has intrinsic historic, artistic, scientific or cultural value
- Encourage the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of historic sites and buildings and heritage properties in Jefferson County
- Victoria Cech ; Chair
- Jim Brown; Vice Chair
- Sherry Carlson
- Jamie Guenther
- Shani Rich
- MUSEUM DIRECTOR
- Melody Pesta
- MUSEUM REGISTRAR
- Haley Pesta
Currently we have displays on Mining and Kilns, Railroads of Jefferson County,5th Judicial District Judges, Cowboys and Ranching and logging.
The Railroad Exhibit includes artifacts, photos and documents related to the multiple railroads once in the county. There is a model of the Amazon Tunnel, a tunnel in Jefferson County over a mile long that can still be accessed and driven through. Stories shared are of train crashes, mail by train, and a president's visit by train are included in the exhibit.
Mining and Kiln Exhibit: Lee Silliman's exhibit of kilns throughout Montana are on display along with the Jefferson County Mining posters created by the Jefferson High School American History class.
The Cowboy and Rodeo Exhibit includes artifacts from Jefferson County ranches, specifically from the Dahl Ranch (Warm Springs Creek), Carlson Ranch (Basin/Bernice), Marks Ranch (Lump Gulch) and others. On display are wooly chaps from Mike Quinn, Boulder valley rancher and rodeo stock provider; items such as horse hair halters (handmade) and artwork on cowboy hats; and a model of the Marks family barn. As this part of the exhibit is phased out, we will add more Jefferson County ranches and artifacts. We are always looking to include more Jefferson County ranchers in our display.
The Judges Exhibit is a compilation of the district judges that Jefferson County has had over the years. It entails pictures of each of the judges and their biographies as well. Behind the desk in that room is a chair that originally came from the courthouse in Boulder, probably from the court room. It was discarded in ill repair, slavaged by Fred W Bell (courthouse janitor) and refparied and refinished by Bruce Bell.
Thanks to the Boulder Heritage Center for their chaps, horsehair halter and multiple photos and artifacts. Thanks to the Montana Historical Society photo archives for their photos and information. Thanks to the Marks, Dahl, and Carlson ranches for MANY photos and artifacts. Thanks to the Bell family for the Elkhorn RR Water tank model and information. Thanks to Lee Silliman for another great traveling exhibit.
We displayed each of the Cemeteries of Jefferson County.For each cemetery there were pictures, maps, and burial records. We thank the Boulder Heritage Center for their help with this.
CURRENT MAJOR PROJECT
We are doing a complete inventory of documents, artifacts, maps, and pictures and we are entering them into PastPerfect to finally record what we have at the museum. We are currently 90% finished with this.
Once COVID is under control, we will begin a speaker series
We have a patron research area at the museum for use by all. This includes Ancestry.com to research family histories and Newspapers.com for research into all newspapers on it's site. On our patron computer there is a group of land abstracts for properties in the Clancy area that can be accessed from the generosity of Bob Marks. The computer also has some videos of previous speakers at the museum.
Phone: (406) 224-5106
Friday 1P.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday 10:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Jefferson County Museum
5 North Main Street
P.O. Box 46
Clancy, Mt 59634