People sitting on log cabin porch

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

USVHS receives $6,837 from the Change Your Pace Challenge campaign!

Change Your Pace check awarded to Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

Funds will be used to support the Swan Valley Museum upkeep on the six outbuildings as well as the many other projects. Read the Pathfinder article >>>

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!

Men on horseback

Salmon Prairie mail house. Strom Collection.

Ting Wilhelm on right, Tango Creek, 1942.
​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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Upper Swan Valley Historical Society