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  • Cabin Warming at the Historical Museum Sunday, Oct. 25

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Oct 22, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Historical Society is closing in on completing the largest undertaking they’ve ever undertaken. Construction of a replica 1920s cabin using logs from a 1920s cabin and a 100-year-old lodge is close enough to move in before a Seeley Lake winter sets in. The cabin is furnished with early 20th century pieces reminiscent of early day Seeley Lake settlers. What could be considered as the first business district of Seeley Lake began along Seely Creek (upstream of Highway 83) about 1920. This included rental cabins and m...

  • Seeley Lake designated "Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Community"

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Aug 6, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Friday, July 31, the National Park Service recognized the Seeley Lake community as a participant in its Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Sustainable Community Partnership Program. The Program celebrates Seeley Lake historic connection to Lewis and Clark’s 1803 expedition, known popularly as the Corps of Discovery expedition. In order to qualify for this designation, the National Park Service requires that a community demonstrates its connection to the Corps of Discovery and that the connection is showcased and celebrated i...

  • Bob would have had a ball

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Jun 27, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - The Bob Marshall Music Festival is coming June 27-28. For some people it is ironic that this festival name conjures feeling of the wilderness next door. The festive genre and activities experienced by the participants exhibit few of the solitude and primitive attributes of wild lands. The Seeley Lake area is adjacent to the “Crown of the Continent” recognized as one of the wildest, most diverse and intact ecosystems in the temperate zones of the world. The “Crown” boundary extends from the Jasper-Banff area of British Columbi...

  • "Timberjack" showing at the Barn

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|May 30, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – Everyone is invited to join the Seeley Lake Historical Society for the movie "Timberjack" at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor's Center June 1 at 7 p.m. This is another in the Historical Society's series of movies filmed in Montana. "Timberjack" is a story of two competing logging operators in love with the same woman. Thrill to the performances of Sterling Hayden, Vera Ralston and David Brian, ably supported by Adolphe Menjou, Chill Wills and Hoagy Carmichael. The s...

  • "West Side Story" Historical Walk

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Feb 14, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Historical Society will be presenting a “West Side Story” walk in the snow Saturday, Feb. 16. The trek will begin at the River Point Campground beach, 3600 Boy Scout Road, about 2.6 miles from Highway 83, at 1 p.m. Friendly dogs are welcome on the two mile walk. Everyone is welcome to the free event. The walk n’ talk will include discussion about the historic development and notable people of the west side of Seeley Lake. A packed snow trail will traverse from River Point beach, to Camp Paxson, to Seeley Lake Ca...

  • Seeley Lake Historical Society turns 20

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Nov 8, 2018

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Historical Society turned 20 years old Oct. 20. If corporations have personhood it must be a birthday or is it an organizational anniversary? The Seeley Lake Historical Society is a non-profit corporation of volunteers who are “Fostering knowledge and understanding of history in the Seeley Lake area.” The Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets stories, objects and materials related to the land, the natural resources, the people and the events that touched the Seeley Lake area. The group conti...

  • 1917 Fires. Sound Familiar?

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Dec 7, 2017

    Our thanks to Seeley Lake Historical Society member Jean Lafriniere for sharing the following information. On Aug. 28, 1917 a Seeley Lake related article appeared in the Spokesman-Review newspaper: • About 100 fires were burning in western Montana, and in some cases, people were fleeing from remote mountain areas. • "Driving their small herds before the farm wagons and prairie schooners, on which their household goods had been loaded, homesteaders...tramped into Corlett, a small town," near Seel...

  • Double Arrow Trolls at Work

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Oct 26, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Historical Society sends a special thank you to the Double Arrow Ranch "Trolls" for covering the wagons at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center. The "Trolls" are an ad hoc group of men who voluntarily do good where needed. The old gravel-dump wagon that they covered for winter was used on the original tote road that served pioneers in the valley from Lion Creek to Ovando during the late 1890s through the early 1900. The museum/visitor center remains...

  • Seeley Lake Museum Visitation Similar to Last Year

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Oct 13, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - After being open daily from Memorial Day, the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center closed for the season on Labor Day. Visitors often commented that the little visitor center provides an impressive amount of information about the area, region and state. Many are impressed with collections in the museum featuring Norman Maclean, The Big Burn, Wilderness Epicenter, Earliest Logging, Seeley Business, and personal utility and leisure items. 2016 visitation to the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center by U.S....

  • Everlasting Fire Fighting Danger

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Sep 1, 2016

    We've recently lamented the tragedy of Justin Beebe, a wildland firefighter member of the Lolo Hotshot Crew who died while fighting a fire in Nevada. A falling tree killed Beebe, 26, who had been with the crew just seven months, on Aug. 13, 2016. Falling snags have been a firefighter killer ever since the beginning of wildland fire suppression. Seeley Lake has its own story about a similar tragedy almost 70 years ago about six miles as the crow flies up Rice Ridge. Frank "Stubby" Moore was...

  • Tribute to Rod Kvamme

    Seeley Lake Historical Society|Nov 26, 2015

    We’ve missed him for a few years and were saddened to hear of the passing of long time Seeley Lake resident and Seeley Lake Historical Society supporter, Pastor Rod Kvamme. Rod was instrumental in forming the Seeley Lake Writers Club and acted as chair of the informal group, providing advice and encouragement. That encouragement was key to the club publishing “Cabin Fever,”-- the best collection of stories ever written conveying the feelings, emotions and flavor of life in the Clearwater, Blackfoot and Swan Valleys during the first 100 years... Full story

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