Red Lodge, Montana

Scandinavians will be first Festival exhibit at museum

The Carbon County Historical Society & Museum is working with the Red Lodge Festival of Nations on a Festival exhibit that is expected to be ready in May or June.

Festival Scandinavians

The Scandinavian group at the 2005 Festival of Nations.

The exhibit will be located on the main floor, and will rotate through the different ethnic groups that are represented on the Festival Board of Directors. The Historical Society has signage, photos, and clothing from old exhibits, and the Festival will be contributing more as well. They are also reaching out to the community for artifacts, photos, clothing, and other items that people would be willing to donate or loan to the museum.

Any items you can contribute would be welcome, but please keep in mind that the exhibits will be focused on Red Lodge and the Festival. Generic ethnic items aren’t as appropriate as items that were used in past Festival events. Examples might be clothing worn by performers, ceremonial items on display, recipes for foods that were prepared during Festivals, musical instruments, and signs.

You don’t need to know the full history of the item – the Festival can help to identify things – but if you know who it belonged to and where it came from that helps to lend local flavor.

The exhibit will be changed out twice per year. The first group to be represented will be the Scandinavians, so local Scandinavian items are needed pretty quickly. This will be followed by the Scottish group in the autumn. The schedule has not yet been decided for the other groups, which include Italian, Slavic, German, English/Welsh, Finnish, Irish, and the Montana group.

For more information, or to donate items for the exhibit, please contact:

Donna Madson, Executive Director of the Carbon County Historical Society & Museum (446-3667)
Neil Gunderson, Scandinavian Director of the Red Lodge Festival of Nations (628-1482)

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