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Victor Heritage Museum in the historic Northern Pacific 1928 Victor Depot will open for the season with their newest display “Vintage Clothing and Lifestyles,” Monday, Memorial Day, May 27.

Mannequins dressed in antique, turn of the century and vintage fashions, from pre-WWI to 1920s, take the center stage in the museum. A tan going-to-school jacket and skirt, beautiful dresses — one with horse hair lining to keep warm, a tuxedo and flapper dress. Costumes in the care of the museum are from Kathy Meuchel and Gretchen Speis, seamstress, costume designer and owner of The Golden Needle.

This season the Victor Heritage Museum has a newly designed lobby, a new computer, a rearranged office that allows additional light in through the window and fresh paint and stain. A northern door for emergency exits was installed by Brian Langton and Ray Daguerre. The exit will have a bridge with handrails across the train tracks. The funding for the project was through a $1,000 grant from Montana Economic Development Services, PPLC, headquartered in Anaconda. 

Jennie Becker, accessions coordinator, keeps tabs on the inventory.

The museum has been rearranged into categories around the room — Victor schools, Native Americans, train, community, agriculture, logging, mining and communications. The displays will soon be labeled and given a description for patrons to learn history at a glance.

Suzanne Tout, museum board president, said she values the teamwork and effort of Victor Heritage Museum members.

“I want to tell you the joy it gives me to work with volunteers,” Tout told the room of volunteers on Tuesday. “Everyone here or who helps us does it because they want to. When they are here they do everything to the best of their ability. They all bring different skills, which the skills are amazing to me and it is fun to see them all come together to create something we all want to create, voluntarily.”

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Tout shared that she worked as an emergency room nurse for many years and valued the teamwork of that effort also.

“It was the teamwork that made me enjoy what I was doing,” she said. “We were working together, getting something done and doing it to the best of our abilities. We felt good about working together.”

The Victor Heritage Museum is normally open 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through Labor Day. Its goal is to “preserve the proud and noble heritage of the community, which includes mining, railroads, schools, churches, businesses, agriculture, natural resources, Native Americans, pioneer settlers, and those who followed.”

This summer on Friday’s when Jean Jensen is a docent she will hold informal genealogy/family search classes.

“I’m going to bring pedigree charts and my computer and help people find people,” Jensen said.

Upcoming events at the Victor Heritage Museum include a silk painting class that is open to the public at 10 a.m. on August 10; the Annual Ice Cream Social 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 25; the museum will be open for Victor High School’s Homecoming; and the Chocolate Tasting Party and silent auction, 3 – 8 p.m., with bidding closing at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 2.

Visit the Victor Heritage Museum at the corner of Main and Blake, at 125 Blake Street. For more information call Suzanne Tout at 406-363-3165 or the museum at 406-642-3997, email victormuseum@cybernet1.com or online visit victorheritagemuseum.org. Board meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Museum. The public is always welcome. No admission fee but donations are always welcome.

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