Great Falls’ new History Museum director steps up


THIS WEEK THE HISTORY MUSEUM IN
GREAT FALLS CELEBRATED 9 YEARS
OF DEDICATION BY EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR JIM MEINERT. ON MONDAY A NEW DIRECTOR WILL
TAKE THE REINS AND MTN’S JOE
HUISINGA SPEAKS WITH BOTH ABOUT
THE MUSEUMS PAST AND FUTURE. {AFTER NEARLY A DECADE AS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
HISTORY MUSEUM JIM MEINERT KNOWS
HISTORY IS MORE THAN THE BIG
PICTURE, IT’S ABOUT THE LITTLE
PIECES THAT GIVE IT LIFE} {JIM: “99.9% OF HISTORY IS OF
JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE, PEOPLE
THAT YOU WON’T READ THEM OUT OR
HEAR ABOUT AT OTHER MUSEUMS.}
{MEINERT HAS HELPED TELL MANY OF
THESE ORDINARY STORIES AND OVERSAW THE MAKING OF 5
DOCUMENTARY FILMS}
{NOW A NEW FACE WILL REVIVE THE
CHAPTERS OF OUR PAST.}
{KRISTI SCOTT: “I FOUND THE
HISTORY OF CASCADE COUNTY SO COMPELLING THAT I UPROOTED FROM
THE BOZEMAN AREA WHERE I’D BEEN
LIVING FOR A DECADE AND CAME
BACK TO MY HOME TOWN OF GREAT
FALLS.}
{KRISTI SCOTT STEPS INTO THE DIRECTOR ROLE ON MONDAY}
{SHE HAS SERVED OTHER AREA
MUSEUMS WHILE GIVING HER TIME TO
THE COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION
ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND KEEPING
HER FINGERS ON THE PULSE OF CASCADE COUNTY HISTORY.}
{KRISTI SCOTT: “THERE’S ALL
KINDS OF STORIES THAT ARE
SPINNING AROUND IN MY MIND THAT
I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO
GETTING THE TIME TO WORK WITH THE STAFF AND RESEARCH AND
DEVELOP.}
{SHE IS EAGER TO DIG INTO THE
ARCHIVE AND DO, IN HER OWN WAY
WHAT THE MUSEUM HAS ALWAYS
DONE} {JIM: “WELL I HOPE WE KEEP
TELLING THE STORY, THE STORY OF
PEOPLE, THE STORY OF PEOPLE THAT
HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR THIS AREA,
IT’S ON THEIR SHOULDERS THAT WE
STAND.} {NOW MEINERT WILL TAKE SOME LONG
OVERDUE TIME TO RELAX.}
{JIM: “I’M GOING TO TAKE A LONG
NAP I THINK THAT’S THE FIRST
STEP.}
{AND HE CAN REST EASY WITH THE HISTORY MUSEUM IN GOOD HANDS}
{IN GREAT FALLS JOE HUISINGA MTN
NEWS}
A BAND BASED IN HELENA HAS BEE

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