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MOR History

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Regional artifacts illuminate our history

Showcasing MOR’s founding collection of regional artifacts originally donated in 1957 by our founder, Dr. Caroline McGill, the History Hall shares the compelling stories that connect us with the Northern Rocky Mountains, illuminating our lives and those who lived before us. From early exploration through World War II, this exhibition depicts the cultural and social changes experienced by those who called this region home, including Native Americans, fur traders, gold seekers, and white settlers. 

Historical artifacts, photographic wall murals, and pieces from the Museum’s extensive textile collection will add to your understanding of Montana’s past and the larger forces that shaped the nation.

Included in the History Halls are the stories celebrating the Museum's history from its beginnings in a couple of Quonset huts on the MSU campus to the world-class institution we are today. 



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