O’Fallon Historical Museum News

On June 17 and 18, O’Fallon Historical Museum in Baker hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camp. The camp was sponsored by the Fallon County Recreation Department and led by BHS science teacher Mrs. Linda Rost who was assisted by some of her students. The focus of the camp was learning about wind power and oil production in Eastern Montana. Camp attendees made their own oil derricks and wind turbines and “drilled oil” from the “ocean.” They also designed their own experiments and made graphs for the data they collected using a wind tunnel created by BHS graduate Hunter Mashak. As part of Science Research class, facilitated by Linda Rost, Hunter printed wind turbine blades with the school’s 3D printer and tested the blades in his custom-built wind tunnel. He won Grand Prize at the Montana State Science Fair in Missoula and competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix this spring. This project has been left on-site at the museum and guests can now experiment with Hunter’s wind tunnel by testing the voltage harnessed from different turbine blades!

The month of July brings the 40th Annual Juried Art Traveling Collection to Baker from the WaterWorks Art Museum in Miles City. The traveling collection features artwork represented earlier this year at the WAM. This year’s show, “Winter Wonder,” involves everything winter. The Exhibit represents artwork from local, regional, and national artists. Each accepted entry in “Winter Wonderland” had to tell the story of the wonder of winter or wondering when winter would end. All media and two and three-dimensional artwork were accepted. The Juried Exhibit and the Traveling Collection tour are co-sponsored by Stockman Bank of Miles City and the William & Lorene Nefsy Foundation with additional support from Diane Townsend, Source Tek, Jack Richeson & Co., Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Dick Blick Art Materials, and JOANN Stores.

This exhibit will be at O’Fallon Historical Museum July 6 – 27. The museum is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m. Stop by and see this unique collection for yourself!