While we were celebrating everything about summer, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula was planning a much-anticipated return of the Fall Harvest Festival. After a hiatus from the pandemic, the Harvest Festival returns on Sunday, September 25, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you are not familiar with the Fall Harvest Festival, it's family-friendly and will have something everybody will enjoy. Take part in games, fall crafts or see live animals and more.

The Historical Museum is the perfect setting

Take a turn at making apple cider using their old-fashioned apple press. You can do it! (and it tastes better when you put some work into it!)  Don't worry, you can enjoy the modern touches too. For lunch, a local favorite food truck will be on hand. Some partners from the Society of American Foresters will also be running the steam-powered sawmill that day and possibly running the newly restored 1918 Holt 75 tractor!

This is how we used to do it

Learn how settlers to the Missoula area prepared for winter with a visit to the Hayes Homestead Cabin. You can tour a number of buildings while you are here like the Grant Creek School House or Sliderock Lookout. The Museum was formed in the 1970s to, among other things, collect and preserve the history of Missoula County and Western Montana. They have done a great job sharing information about all our common connections.

The Fall Harvest Festival at Fort Missoula is FREE  but they ask that everyone please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Missoula Food Bank.

For more information about the upcoming events, the Historical Museum hosts follow their Facebook page because they are quite active in the community or webpage for interactive tours and online exhibits. For information about the Fall Harvest Festival contact Stacy Carr-Poole: Development and Communication Director

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