Online Tour of "Land of Many Stories" Now Available
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – A Glacier National Park Centennial exhibit entitled Land of Many Stories is currently on display at the Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena, Mont., and now a virtual tour of the exhibit is just a mouse click away. The exhibit represents the rich history of the park and features a wide diversity of tangible artifacts from the early 1900s to today.
The exhibit explores the many ways people have used and enjoyed the area now known as Glacier National Park from pre-European contact to present day and illustrates how, although much has changed over the years, a great deal remains the same for today's visitor. There is also a traveling exhibit which parallels the theme and content of the major exhibition currently on display at the Montana Historical Society. The traveling exhibit is comprised of reproductions of historic photographs, graphics and accompanying interpretive text. The traveling exhibit is currently at the Central School Museum in Kalispell, Mont., through August 31 and then moves to the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, Mont. from September 1 through October 30.
The virtual Land of Many Stories exhibit is a collaboration to help make the exhibit accessible to more people. Deirdre Shaw, Glacier National Park Museum Curator and Jennifer Bottomly-O'Looney, Montana Historical Society Curator of Collections developed the content for the virtual exhibit; Glacier Interpretive Specialist David Restivo designed the on-line tour. Not every artifact is highlighted but the virtual tour gives viewers a taste of the exhibit through the use still photography to create the online experience.
Website visitors are able to get an overview of the exhibit and then take a closer look at items of interest. Virtual visitors can experience a wide variety of exhibits including ornate Glacier Park Hotel Company china, Native American tools and arrowheads, park ranger equipment and initials carved in a tree carved by one of Glacier’s first rangers.
Funded through a donation by the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Foundation (to the Glacier National Park Fund) the exhibit is the product of a partnership between Glacier National Park, the Montana Historical Society, Glacier National Park Fund.
The Land of Many Stories and virtual tours of the Going-to-the-Sun Road construction and a few popular park hikes are viewable at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm.
Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.