Upper Swan Valley Historical Society
man, fishing in river

How Can You Help?

Keeping the Swan Valley Museum open requires a team of dedicated volunteers, inspired members and consistent financial support in order to have a viable operation and be able to pay the many expenses such as electricity, heat, maintenance, insurance, taxes and upgrades. To this end we are actively growing our membership and inviting new donors along on our exciting journey. As the saying goes “many hands make light work” and this endeavor is no different. We invite you to begin, or continue, your support of the USVHS through membership, volunteering or donations (one time, monthly, yearly or lifetime options). We are proud to call Swan Valley our home and look forward to preserving our rich history! Thank you for making a difference! Please contact Steve Lamar, President at (406) 754-2745 or

Crossing the Swan River, 1948. Papke Collection

Bud Moore with hides, 1938. Moore collection

2022 Change Your Pace Challenge exceeds expectations

Clearwater Montana Properties donates to local non-profits

Women presenting man with check in front of historic cabin

Valli Bigley presenting $500 from the Unaffiliated Church of Condon to the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society.

Change Your Pace check awarded to Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Seeley Lake Community Foundation Vice President Tom Beers and Anne Dahl, USVHS.

USVHS received $8,169.89 from the 2022 Change Your Pace Challenge campaign.​ Funds support the Swan Valley Museum upkeep on the six outbuildings as well as the many other projects.

Read the July 14, 2022 Pathfinder article >>>

Photo of non-profilt organization leaders receiving check from Clearwater Properties

Photos of USVHS Volunteers

Thank You Volunteers

The USVHS has outstanding volunteer support. Thank you to our seasoned museum-staffing veterans and all our new volunteers, who are very interested in our area history and museum and are valuable assets! Our membership today stands at over 200. In 2017, we had 98 people volunteering a total of 5,576 hours.

Awesome performance and support from our community. We REALLY appreciate all of you!

Logyard covered in snow

Dobb Wilhelm, North Fork of White River, above Needle Falls, 1935. Wolff  Collection.

man standing in front of truck with animal hides
Man crossing river on snowcovered log

Wineglass Mill, cabins in background, no date. Wolff Collection.

Annual Membership
July 1 through June 30

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Pledge your support for the Museum and Heritage Site

Pledges can be designated for a particular project or undesignated. Pledges that are undesignated will be used for Upper Swan Valley Historical Society projects such as outdoor exhibits, insurance, utilities, security, repairs, preserving and interpreting collections, and other expenses necessary for the operation of the Museum and Heritage Site. We thank you. Future generations will thank you too!


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