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Montana Historical Society takes steps during COVID-19 outbreak


March 19, 2020

Press release

Based on an abundance of caution, Montana Historical Society said in a press release, it is taking another step to protect the health and safety of its staff and the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Effective immediately, MHS has closed its museum galleries, Research Center, Museum Store and the Original Governor’s Mansion to the public until further notice. The closures are in line with Gov. Steve Bullock’s recommendations on social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The front entrance to the Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building will remain open and security will staff the front desk. 

“We will continue to serve the public by staffing the Research Center desk for calls and email and encourage access to collections through our various digital channels,” MHS Director Bruce Whittenberg said Tuesday. “Remember that access to the Montana Historical Society collections is not just about walking through the door.”

Montana Historical Society is online at http://mhs.mt.gov. From there, people can navigate through the tabs at the top of the page to access online collections and information.

Under the Montana’s Museum tab, people can find links to online collections of artifacts relating to all aspects of Montana history and culture. Explore a range of collections, including the society’s Charles M. Russell art, at http://mhsmuseum.pastperfectonline.com .

People can browse online exhibits from the Research Center and Museum at the society’s Digital Vault at http://digitalvault.mhs.mt.gov/exhibits, and research online letters and oral histories, maps and nearly every paper published in Montana at http://mhs.mt.gov/research/collections .

People can shop the Museum Store online at http://app.mt.gov/shop/mhsstore for books, cards, calendars, maps and posters.

“This is when our communities pull together, both our community here at the Montana Historical Society, and the larger community in which we live,” Whittenberg added. “Let’s hang in there together. We can and will get through this.”

The research center can be reached by phone at 406-444-2681 or 444-3112 or by email at [email protected] .


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