Support the Museum

Join the Friends of the Historical Museum

Museum Friend Mac Palmer teaches local students about the steam engine.Museum Friend Mac Palmer teaches local students about the steam engine.

What is The Friends of the Historical Museum?

The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula was incorporated in 1977 as a 501(c)(3) organization, to support the Historical Museum in its mission to bring Western Montana history alive.

How does Friends funding help the Museum?

The Friends raise funds for...

Educational programs
Restoration of the grounds and historic buildings

... through special events, sponsorships and membership dues. Friends funding supplements Missoula County funding for basic operations and personnel through a permissive tax mill levy authorized by the Montana State Legislature.

Who are the Friends?

Friends are ...

From Missoula and beyond!

... who pay annual membership dues to support the Museum. You are welcome to join us.

How do I become a member?

Please do one of the following:

  • Fill out the Membership Sign-Up form, print a hard copy, and mail it to the Museum;
  • Click the Donate button on the Museum website and follow the instructions;
  • Visit the Museum and fill out a membership envelope.

Questions about membership? Call us at 728-3476, extension 5.

Once we receive your membership dues, we will give you a membership card, and you can begin enjoying your benefits.

What are the benefits of becoming member of the Friends?

You and your family enjoy...

  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Free admission to Missoula's Annual 4th of July Celebration
  • The quarterly Rally newsletter
  • A10% discount in the Museum store.

Thank you for considering membership in the Friends!

And remember, Museum memberships make excellent gifts!

Friends of the Museum Board 2013 – 2014

President Victor Machart
Vice President Patrice Schwenk
Secretary Shirley George
Treasurer Jean Luckowski
Executive Director/SEO Robert M. Brown
  • Minie Smith
  • Shirley George
  • Kent Kleinkopf
  • Jean Luckowski
  • C. Milo McLeod
  • E. Macdougall "Mac" Palmer
  • Andrea Merrill Maker
  • Victor Machart
  • Helga Hosford

Friends Board Meetings

  • November 14, 2013
  • February 13, 2014
  • April 2, Annual Meeting, 6:00-9:00, Holiday Inn
  • May 8, 2014
  • August 14, 2014
  • November 13, 2014
  • at 6:30 pm., Building T-1, Fort Missoula (unless otherwise noted)

Legacy Montana

Fort Missoula is a member of Legacy Montana, a group of 50 nonprofit organizations working together to inspire you to remember your favorite nonprofits in your will.

Tree Memorials

Tree Memorials and Dedications.

Fort Missoula is distinguished by elegant tree-lined roads, and lawns shaded by mature trees. However, many of the elm trees at the Fort are 70 to 100 years old and are at the end of their natural lives.

The Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula are planting new trees to replace the old ones and create shade for people enjoying the Museum grounds.

For more information about Fort Missoula Tree Memorials and to donate to the cause, please see this document: Tree Memorials and Dedications.