Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
Jalmar Wirkkala, his dogs and skins. Hill Collection. SEC Archives.
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.

Buckhorn Camp, 1940s. Jim Papke Collection. USVHS Archives.

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

Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Next Exit History

Neil Meyer and Trinity, Pam, Trista, and Travis Hamilton

The Montana History Foundation


In The News

Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage of the Swan Valley.

USVHS Board of Directors
Ellie Greenough
​Sharon Gressle
Jenny Kauffman
Helene Michael
Barb Raible

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 Coordinator
Anne Dahl

About Us

National Geographic Map Guide Destination
Montana Cultural Trust

Swan Valley Students Contribute to Next Exit History App
By Betty Vanderwielen, Seeley Swan Pathfinder, October 19, 2017

Swan Valley Historical Society Museum History in the Upper Swan Valley
By Katie LeBlanc, Bigfork Beagle, October 23, 2017

Winters Were Long and Often Bitterly Cold
From Gene Miller’s Memoirs, My Growing up Years in the Swan Valley, 1939-49.
Printed with permission from Gene Miller, Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
​Seeley Swan Pathfinder, February 16, 2017

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

Jim Lookout, 1950s. Van Gieson Collection. USVHSArchives.
Current USVHS Newsletter (PDF)

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.