Wish I could go back in the fall!

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Posted by Granite Head ( on 07:18:47 07/20/13

In Reply to: Kevin for scale posted by Granite Head

This fall the MoR is featuring a special exhibit of the Hamilton Povah collection (photo of the teaser in the "Regional History" section of the museum)- the following description is extracted from the MSU press release of 09/10/2009 (linked below). I would really love to see the exhibit since I'm very tired of looking at all the cr@p from China that's in the stores now:

BOZEMAN -- The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University announced today that it has received the most significant history collection since its founding more than 50 years ago thanks to a generous gift from Eleanor Hamilton Povah of West Yellowstone.

Povah is the daughter of Charles A. Hamilton, founder of the Hamilton Store chain that operated in Yellowstone National Park from 1915 through 2002. She and her deceased husband, Trevor Povah, assumed the operation of Hamilton Stores and ran the company for many years. During their long involvement with the park, the Hamilton and Povah families acquired a unique and valuable collection related to the history of the Yellowstone area.

More than 1,000 items from Hamilton Povah Collection are being donated. They include vehicles associated with the families' business operations in Yellowstone, items from the stores themselves and Native American objects that would have been representational of inventory in the stores. Among the vehicles are an authentic Yellowstone bus, a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr and a horse-drawn oil tanker.

Povah said it was important to keep the collection together in a location associated with Yellowstone National Park, rather than have the items sold individually at auction.

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