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March Roundtable
SmokejumperThe History Roundtable "Jumping into Fire, The History and Evolution of the Smokejumpers" is on Sunday, March 20, 2pm, St. Ann Catholic Church, 9015 MT-200, Bonner. After the program enjoy homemade Butte-style Pasties. Eat at the church or take some home! Photo: Barry Hicks

Barry Hicks, Roger Savage, Lowell Hanson, Ted Nyquist, Bud Clarke, Bob Whaley, Harold Hoem, and Boyd Burtch bring stories and photos of smokejumping from its origin through firefighting adventures and the evolution of firefighting techniques.













February Roundtable


ACM-horses-webThe next Bonner History Roundtable, "Logging: From Horses, Oxen, and Men to Steam, Gas, and Diesel" is February 21, 2-4 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 9015 MT-200, Bonner. Scott Kuehn, Society of American Foresters and chair of Missoula Forestry Days at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, discusses the development and transition of logging equipment. Sponsored by the Bonner Milltown History Center and Museum. Free and open to the public.

Photo caption. ACM Barn and horses in Bonner circa 1900. Matt Kennedy, barn boss (Charlie's Dad) in front. Jack L. Demmons Collection





Give the gift of Bonner history to your favorite history buff

Grass RootsLife at the ConfluenceA Grass Roots Tribute and Stories of the Confluence are available at the Bonner Milltown History Center.

Copies of A Grass Roots Tribute: The Story of Bonner, Montana are available for $20 at the River City Grill, Bonner School, and the Bonner Milltown History Center and Museum. All proceeds go to the Bonner School History Project to fund an update of the current history book. Need one mailed? Send a check for $27 to Bonner Milltown History Center, PO Box 726, Bonner MT 59823. Include the address of where you want the book sent. We will mail your book and remit $20 to Bonner School.

Life at the Confluence: Riverside Stories by Sam Berry is an oral history and art collaboration describing the Bonner-Milltown area. Featured are Lois Johnson, Richard Hamma, Chuck Teague, Jack Demmons, and Grant Higgins. Copies are $6.00 if purchased at the Bonner Milltown History Center and Museum (BMHC). Preview the book.

Need one mailed? Send a check for $8.50 to Bonner Milltown History Center, PO Box 726, Bonner MT 59823. Include the address of where you want the book sent. We will mail your book. All sales benefit the BMHC.


The 2016 Roundtable schedule is ready

All programs are at 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bonner.

January 24: Mike Boehme introduces businesses operating in the Bonner Mill. The co-owner of the Bonner Mill will introduce owners or managers of the diverse set of businesses now on the mill property. Businesses who may be represented include Coaster Pedicab, Kettlehouse, Northwest Paint, Alcom, Montainer, Willis Enterprises, Bonner Transfer and Storage, and Hellgate Forge. Andy Lukes will introduce the program.

February 21: Scott Kuehn explores the history of logging. Well known logging historian Scott Kuehn will offer a trip into the past as he discusses logging history. Kim Briggeman will introduce the program.

March 20: Smokejumpers recount their adventures. Local and area smokejumpers have played a large role in protecting our forests. Dennis Sain will introduce the program.

All programs will be recorded and available for viewing on our website.



ShayEngineBonnerPostcardDennis Sain presented "The History of the Big Blackfoot Railroad" on Sunday, October 26, at the annual meeting of the Seeley Lake Historical Society.
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Road to the Buffalo hiking group
Walking on the Road to the Buffalo links us to the area's rich history.
Norman Jacobson led eleven intrepid modern explorers on a hike to and on the Road to the Buffalo traversed by Meriwether Lewis, eight members of the Corps of Discovery and 17 horses on July 5, 1806. Read more.







Memories of Bonner School delivered as advertised.
Bonner graduates, teachers, family and friends gathered to share stories of the school that has anchored the community for 125 years. Kim Briggeman led a panel composed of former Bonner students who returned to teach at Bonner School: Kathy Briggeman Milodragovich, Judy Thibodeau Karl, and Don Felton. The program was recorded by MCAT. DVDs of the program are available at the History Center; contact Judy at 370-5929. Visit the Bonner Milltown History Center Facebook page for photos.

Hughes Gardens Roundtable resonates with gardening community.

"Memories of Hughes Gardens" is on our YouTube channel.


January Roundtable now available on video.
  
Contact the History Center to get a copy of the DVD or watch it here: "Toys and Tools Used by Early Native Americans Prior to the Nineteenth Century," by Norman Jacobson.

 The Dornberger house before restoration.

New life for old houses. The December, 2013 publication of the BMHC recalls memories of former residents of the newly restored Bonner houses and more.





     
The Hamma kids with their snowman, 1956.



Snowsuits!
The necessary evil endured by kids in winter. The recent cold weather reminds Chuck Erickson of the bane of kids in winter: putting on snowsuits. Follow the link to read his reflections. Richard Hamma's pictures bring back memories.







Cover of Life at the Confluence




Life at the Confluence, a new on-line book by Sam Berry.

This project features Lois Fuller Johnson, Richard Hamma, Chuck Teague, Jack Demmons, and Grant Higgins.



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