Despite the fact that we haven’t had a lot of posts on our website of late, the Museum was very busy in the year 2016. Some of those events were:
We published our annual Lovell-Kane Area Museum Newsletter: “Bridging the Past to the Future” 2016. Museum efforts and goals were outlined in our Spring newsletter.
The Great Western Sugar Factory celebrated its 100 year celebration in June 2016. The Museum worked with the sugar factory to showcase artifacts /items in their display window at Queen Bee Gardens on Main Street.
The Kane/Ionia Cemetery Cleanup was planned for June 2016. This annual opportunity to do some weeding and sprucing up of the cemetery has been supported and sustained by the efforts of a several dedicated Museum supporters.
The museum was open through the summer for all to drop in and visit. The afternoons were staffed by members of the Museum Board- Monday through Fridays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thank you to all who were willing volunteers.
The Kane Bus Tour: We had a very successful bus tour in October of 2016. We were able to presell tickets and fill up the bus we rented. Karen Spragg did an excellent job recounting the stories of the area.
Our Annual Museum Fundraiser was a big success in October of 2016. The High Country Cowboys of Red Lodge performed and were so delightful. An auction was held, and additionally a silent auction. Bumblebee Soup Designs provided amazing decorations for the event and for every table. A wonderful dinner was provided as well as a cash bar. We were so happy with the positive response from everyone who attended and for the support of many who were unable to attend. The Museum is very grateful for the continuing support of so many people, both near and far.
Halloween: The Museum joined the other businesses of Lovell in handing out candy to kids for the annual Halloween event. Western Sugar was one source of donated candy. Other individual citizens also generously gave us candy to share.
2017 Calendars: The Lovell-Kane Area Museum Calendar “Preserving the Past for Future Generations” was produced and sold as another fundraising effort. Through the diligent efforts of Sharie and Karen to find and reproduced old photos and advertisements, the 2017 calendar featured black and white photos of Lovell Businesses from the past. Slogans, advertisements, logos were also cleverly included with those businesses. Our calendars sold like hotcakes! What a fun way to walk down memory lane and honor Lovell’s past!
Throughout the year many individuals have graciously donated items to the museum. We are very excited to be able to share these items with you.