By Melissa Rost, Curator,
O’Fallon Historical Museum
The O’Fallon Historical Museum has reserved a footlocker provided by the Montana Historical Society Education Office. “Lifeways of Montana’s First People” will be at the museum from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1. This footlocker contains videos, books, reproduction artifacts, contemporary American Indian objects and lesson plans that focus on the lifeways of five tribes (Salish, Blackfeet, Nez Perce, Shoshone and Crow) who utilized the land we now know as Montana in the years around 1800. This interactive display is appropriate for all ages and groups; we encourage you to come learn more about Montana’s early Indigenous population.
October 27 will be our Night at the Museum event. The metal building will open at 4 p.m. for tours and harvest-themed activities and crafts for the kids. Admission is by donation and concessions will be available throughout the evening. The old Fallon County jail building will be open from 6 – 8 p.m. for guided after dark tours which will include actor portrayals of local Fallon County residents. Vaughn Zenko will portray Jack Guth, owner of Steer Montana; Caleb Rost will be Sheriff Terry Cameron; Olivia Gunderson will represent Mary Blaisdell; and Devon Solberg will present his interpretation of Sheriff Andy Andolshek, who died in the jail building in 1947. Adult supervision will be required during jail tours for those under 12. You won’t want to miss this!