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Anglers Will Want to ‘Catch’ Opening of New Montana Historical Society Exhibit
The Montana Historical Society will be rocking the boat Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. with the gala grand opening of a new exhibit “Hooked: Fishing in Montana.”
Artifacts from hook, line and sinkers to loans from the family of Norman Maclean of “A River Runs through It” fame and others will make this an exhibit worth catching.
The exhibit will explore how families and friends from Native American tribes to those who came later have fished the waters of Big Sky Country over the years. It will also look at how individuals and organizations like Montana State Fish, Wildlife and Parks have worked to preserve fish and public access to waters for all generations.
Highlights include a Nez Perce-style dugout canoe built in about 1860 by Ed Lamorais and Alikot for use on the Flathead River, and Maclean artifacts including three bamboo rods used by three generations of the family, Maclean’s fishing shirts, and hand-tied flies mentioned in his book.
The exhibit is curated by MHS Curator of History Maggie Ordon and MHS Registrar Kendra Newhall.
Montanans treasure the beautiful rivers, streams and lakes of Montana as well as the diverse fish populations, including wild and native trout, Ordon said, no matter how they do their fishing. “We will highlight how special fishing is to Montanans and visitors to the state,” she said; “Whether it’s fly fishing , ice fishing, lure fishing or bait fishing, there will be something for all anglers to enjoy in the exhibit.”
The free public gala will include free hors d’oeuvres.
Ordon and Newhall also co-curated the “Big Game, Big Stories: Montana’s Hunting Heritage” currently on exhibit. The hunting exhibit will be up until next June, and the fishing exhibit until February 2018. So come enjoy the great outdoors in the comfort of the great indoors of Montana’s Museum.