Annual Events

Missoula's Annual 4th of July Celebration & Pancake Breakfast

The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula are ready for Missoula's Annual 4th of July Celebration.  The day starts out with a huge pancake breakfast put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (for the benefit of the Friends) from 8:00 until 11:00, with entertainment and special events from 10:00 until 4:00.

4th of July Sack Race 4th of July Gunny Sack Race
Franky and Casper at Homestead 4th of JulyFranky and Casper at Homestead.

This year's festivities include:  musical entertainment at the gazebo by many local Missoula favorites throughout the afternoon.   On hand throughout the day will be model trains; ham radios; children's games; crafts, food, special displays, tours of the lookout, schoolhouse and locomotive; demonstrations of the historic sawmill and telegraph, historical surveying, fire trucks; a visit to medieval times with the Society for Creative Anachronism; and lots more.

The Hayes Homestead Cabin will be open with lots of homesteading activities such as laundering, spinning wool, wheat grinding, and rope-making. High school students from the Missoula County Public Schools Ag Center will bring their four-footed friends to the corral for visitors to meet. Come and visit!

Breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m., with festivities following at 10:00 a.m. - rain or shine, July 4.  As a fundraiser for the Friends of the Historical Museum, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students, and $15 for a family.  Children under 6 and members of the Friends of the Museum are free.  The Pancake Breakfast is a separate price- $5 per person or $15 per family- what a deal!

For more information call 728-3476.

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4th of July Celebration Gallery

Forestry Day

Forestry Day CompetitionForestry Day Competition

Sharpen up your axes and get ready to go! It's time for annual Forestry Day at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the last Saturday of every April, from 9:00 to 4:00.

Annual Forestry Day is produced by the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, The University of Montana Woodsman Team, and the Montana Society of American Foresters. Activities include collegiate and professional lumberjack competitions, including crosscut sawing, pole climbing, wood chopping, ax throwing, hot saws, and log rolling. There will also be an impressive array of historic forestry and logging equipment, operating steam-powered sawmill, restored fire lookout tower, hands-on opportunities for all, displays of crafts, and venders. Food and beverage will be available from Woodsman Team.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for students; children under 6 and members of the Friends of the Historical Museum are admitted free.

Apple Days

Every fall for the past 20 odd years, school children visiting The Historical Museum at Ft. Missoula have had the opportunity to step back in time and press apples just like the early settlers of Missoula did. Everyone gets a chance to drop their apple in the hopper and take a turn at the wheel, grinding sweet and tart Macintoshes into a mash which is then pressed into delicious golden cider. What a tasty treat! Tours for groups run from early September to late October. Contact the education department to arrange a tour for your classroom or group.

Carolyn Thompson, Assistant Director, contact Carolyn Thompson, 728-3476 ext 4

Apple Days Gallery