Event will honor retiring curator

Sunday, August 18, 2019
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Longtime Frontier Gateway Museum curator Fayette Miller will retire at the end of this season. Right, Miller, deomonstrates how to churn butter during the Harvest Festival.

Fayette Miller, long-time curator at Frontier Gateway Museum in Glendive, will be honored at an Open House on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1-4 p.m.

Miller will retire as curator when the museum closes for the season on Sept. 6, 2019.

In the 55 years the museum has been open, there have been only two curators, Louise Cross and Miller, and both have been instrumental in developing the buildings, grounds, displays and archives into the great center of local history that Frontier Gateway is today.

The museum has seen many improvements and additions during Miller’s tenure as curator. Major additions include the Kubesh train collection, the DCHS archives, the Hiatt Fossils from DCHS, and the impressive struthiomimus and other fossils from Hell Creek Music and More. With the addition of the Hell Creek dinosaurs, Frontier Gateway qualified as a stop on the Montana Dinosaur Trail which, in turn, increased visitation considerably.

The museum has also received hundreds of smaller, but very unique donations pertinent to the area including a cash register made specifically for the Stipek Store, a tin sign advertising the Stipek Implement Dealership and the Newton family Victorian mourning wreath. The museum focuses on interpreting the history of Glendive, Dawson County and Eastern Montana, and Miller has always displayed her vast knowledge of the area when assisting visitors with their questions and helping with their research whether it be family history, information for a book, or just curiosity about the early days.

The Board members of Frontier Gateway invite everyone to come thank Fayette for her years of service to the museum. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet Shanon Hellman, the new assistant curator, who replaced Trena Kuehn.