Old Trail Museum 2012 Grand Opening

(CHOTEAU) Saturday, May 19 is the date set for the 2012 season Grand Opening for the Old Trail Museum (OTM) located at the north end of main street in Choteau, MT.  OTM continues to work closely with Choteau elementary and DeLaSalle Blackfeet students to promote exchange and the connections between Choteau, the Blackfeet and Metis cultures.  The DeLaSalle Blackfeet and Choteau students and teachers have been working on the design and painting of a new Blackfeet tipi for display at OTM.  It will be erected at OTM during the Grand Opening activities. 

OTM Grand Opening activities will begin at 10:00 am with the Choteau Boy Scouts flag presentation, followed by the Holy Star drummers and singers presenting the Blackfoot Confederacy flag song. A welcome will be given by Choteau’s mayor, Jay Dunckel.  DeLaSalle Blackfeet students will have drum and dance groups performing.  Choteau students will teach tipi design and a traditional Blackfeet game they learned during their April visit to Browning.  The Northern Rockies Métis group will play music during the opening and DeLaSalle Blackfeet students will help erect the new outdoor tipi exhibit.  Sign up for Old North Trail tours in June will also be available during the day’s activities.

All of the museum exhibits and buildings will be open to the public for viewing during the Grand Opening.  The Ice Cream Parlor will not be open for business until Memorial Day weekend.

OTM Board Chairman Stewart Merja and OTM Manager Julie Ameline invite everyone to come and spend the day or even part of the day.  OTM is looking forward to the 2012 season.  The museum will open for the season on May 26 with regular hours of  9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  A Wednesday evening campfire program will be offered most weeks during the summer at 7:00 pm.  Three weeks of summer day camp for grade school students will also be offered at OTM this year.  Registration forms for these camps will be available during the grand opening.

OTM is a non-profit organization that depends totally on the donations from its friends and visitors each year.  The OTM board encourages everyone to take advantage of what OTM has to offer and support the museum complex.