Montana's Charlie Russell
Montana is full of wonders hiding in plain sight. “People who have lived in Helena for years are still surprised to find this cool museum and gift shop across from the Capitol,” says Rod Coslet, manager of the Museum Store at the Montana Historical Society (MHS). MHS manages a research center and state archives, and oversees various outreach and educational programs. The contributions to the state are so extensive perhaps that the MHS Museum and Museum Store get lost in the mix. For this reason, MHS has rebranded it as “Montana’s Museum.” Montana’s Museum features special exhibits and permanent collections, including an impressive gallery of works by cowboy artist Charlie Russell. Funding for Montana’s Museum, in part, comes from the Museum Store. “We raise money to support the programing of MHS,” says Coslet. “We try to match our products to the museum collections and exhibits. That’s our primary function.” Designed to look like a log cabin, the Museum Store contains artwork, jewelry, Montana huckleberry products, CDs and DVDs, a variety of gifts, and books on just about every topic in Montana history. Right now, MHS is pleased to feature Montana’s Charlie Russell, a book which catalogs the entire MHS
Russell collection. This book is available in both hardcover and leather-bound limited editions.
Montana’s Museum is located at 225 North Roberts Street in Helena. For more information, visit mhs.mtgov or call (406) 444-2694.