Larry Kline Havre Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org
Paleontologists and wayward Rudyard natives will descend on the Depot Museum this weekend, as the town welcomes home its sons, daughters and fossil diggers for the 12th annual In-Gathering. Famed paleontologist Jack Horner will speak, marking the official opening of the Dinosaur Hall at the museum, and the audience will include scientists and staffers from the Museum of the Rockies, Lila Redding said. The hall display includes bones found at Redding’s farm north of Rudyard. “There will be quite a crew here from Bozeman,” Redding said. The Dinosaur Hall’s collection has continued to expand, she said, as pieces loaned out across the country return home. The event began a dozen years ago as a celebration of the Depot Museum’s completion, Redding said, but has since expanded to a town homecoming. Registration begins Saturday at 9:30a. m., with Horner set to speak at 10:30. The program will include the singing of the national anthem by Sara Wolery and a flag ceremony with the Northern Lights 4-H Club and Beth and Jim Roen. Lunch is available at the museum and at Freda’s Cafe. An antique car parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and the Hi-Line Cowboy Symphony is set to perform from 2:30 to 4:30p. m. A pork chop supper will be served at the Holy Family Youth Center, and Pastor Don Hardesty will offer a closing sermon at 6:30p. m. The Dinosaur Hall holds fossils, replicas and models of various beasts, including terosaurs, troodons, saurornitholestes and hadrosaurs including the Oldest Sorehead, a 70-million-year-old duckbilled dinosaur found at Redding’s property. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Labor Day, and it’s open by appointment only during winter months.