Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

On the Road to Montana's Great Museums and Galleries
Montana Historical Society's Society Star, Summer 2015

Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Montana Cultural Trust
Our vision for the organization and museum is to inspire a sense of place and history by discovering, collecting, preserving, and interpreting the Swan Valley's historical and cultural heritage.


To achieve this vision:


1) Our organization and museum will be a welcoming place where people are drawn together to share their passion and interest in the history of the Swan Valley region of Western Montana.


2) Our organization and museum will focus primarily on the local history of the Swan Valley region for public benefit and enjoyment while maintaining connections to surrounding communities and Montana.


3) Our organization and museum will strive for sustainable facilities while retaining its traditional character.


4) Our organization and museum will create and maintain educational and research opportunities as well as exhibits pertaining to the history of the Swan Valley.


5) Our organization and museum will create permanent and enduring archives to preserve historical records and artifacts and, to the extent possible, make them available to the interested public.


6) Our organization and museum will strive to provide staff and a volunteer corps that is creative, enthusiastic, and supportive of each other, the mission, and the community.


7) Our organization and museum believes in, and will participate in, open strategic partnerships.

A 1905 Horseback Ride to the Top of the Kootenai Mountains
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, September 22, 2016


Pinchot Journal: To Ovando and Kalispell by Stage and Steamship
​Seeley Swan Pathfinder, July 14, 2016


Pinchot Journal: Disappointment at Skunk Prairie
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, June 20, 2016


Pinchot Journal: Wearing a flour sack to shoot a bear
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, May 26, 2016

Pinchot Journal: A Meal of Biscuits and Venison
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, May 12, 2016


Pinchot Journal: Sleeping under a Spruce with One Blanket to Share
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, April 28, 2016


From Cross Cut Saws to Mechanized
​By Colleen Kesterson, April 28, 2016


Pinchot Journal: Great Larches and Yellow Pines
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, April 21, 2016

Gifford Pinchot Journal "Trip GP and Jack Monroe Up Swan River, June 1896" (Rewritten 4/20/1897)
​Seeley Swan Pathfinder 'A Place for All', April 7, 2016


Unsolved Mysteries Linger in the Swan Valley
By COLLEEN KESTERSON, Seeley Swan Pathfinder, March 31, 2016

John Hollopeter using a breaking plow on the Gordon Ranch. 1925. Hollopeter Collection. USVHS Archives.

The Montana History Foundation

Supporters

Current USVHS Newsletter (PDF)

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.

Montana Community Foundation

Meyers Receive Montana Neighbor Award
Seeley Swan Pathfinder, March 31, 2016



Neil and Dixie Meyer of the Swan Valley received the Montana Good Neighbor Award presented by the Governor's Office. The Meyers posing with Montana Governor Steve Bullock and their award.

Vina Hulett, graduation photo, Polson High School. She earlier attended Salmon Prairie Elementary School.
​Hulett Collection. USVHS Archives

Frostbite Festival Fun for All Ages
By COLLEEN KESTERSON, Seeley Swan Pathfinder, December 10, 2015


1929 Fire Survivor Donated to Historical Society
By SHARON GRESSLE and ANN REINHARD/USVHS, Seeley Swan Pathfinder 'A Place for All', November 26, 2015

Next Exit History
National Geographic Map Guide Destination

Swan Valley's Summer Offering - Berry Picking Tradition
By USVHS, Seeley Swan Pathfinder 'A Place for All', July 16, 2015

In The News

About Us

Orville Harmon shaving Russell Fox at Piper Lake. Harmon Collection. USVHS Archives.
John Stark carrying water. 1931. Ukrainetz Collection. USVHS Archives.
USVHS Board of Directors
Ellie Greenough
​Sharon Gressle
Jenny Kauffman
Helene Michael
Barb Raible

Officers
Steve Lamar – President
Neil Meyer – Vice-President
Katharine Beers – Treasurer
Fern Kauffman – Secretary/Archivist

Directors At-Large
Horton B. “Tony” Koessler
Henry Pennypacker Jr.

Program Coordinators
Anne Dahl
Susan Novosel