A new member of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum board was introduced during its monthly meeting Monday, and heard, with the rest attending the meeting, an update on activities ranging from the museum foundation’s annual meeting to setting a date to receive a new fossil casting.
Board Chair Judi Dritshulas introduced new member Eli Salapich to the group, and presented him and the other members with copies of the bylaws and standard business procedures of the museum board, which oversees the operations of the Clack Museum and the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump archaeological site.
Dritshulas suggested that, because it has been 10 years since the bylaws were last updated, the board might want to start looking at that process.
Anna Brumley, manager of the buffalo jump, said Travel Montana director Victor Bjornberg recently toured the bison kill site, seeing work done to improve the exhibit buildings and entrance. He seemed pleased with the progress, Brumley said.
She added that the YouthBuild program housed at Montana State University-Northern has started work on an interpretive center that will be located at the entrance of the site, behind the Holiday Village Mall.
“I am told it should be standing soon. ” she said.
Brumley also said she has been contacted by a representative of the River and Trails Society at Fort Benton, who said the society is interested in forming a Montana buffalo jump trail similar to the Old Forts Trail, which includes Fort Assinniboine, south of Havre, and the Dinosaur Trail, which includes the Clack Museum as well as the Blaine County Museum and the Rudyard Depot Museum.
Museum manager John Bruington said the board needs to decide when to set a display for a new item the museum won in a contest over the summer.
The Clack Museum was the winner of a contest sponsored by the Dinosaur Trail, beating the other Montana museums on the trail with the highest level of improvement in sales and stamping of the trail’s passport.
The Clack Museum won a casting of a skull of Stygi — a stygimoloch — and will be the second museum in the state to have a display of the fossil. Bruington said the other museum with the display is at Two Medicine.
“It’s a great honor, ” Dritshulas said. “We were up against all the other museums in the state. ”
Bruington suggested selecting a date to open the display in conjunction with some other related event, far enough in advance to give invitations throughout the state.