Well, here it is another Christmas season. It really looked the part outside for a while.
I hope snow comes again. It hasn't been good for museum visitation, but it has al-
lowed us to work on our internal museum tasks. Visitation was way better in 2009
than we expected for both American and international visitors. We are so grateful for
all you supporters and donors who have helped make the museum what it is. The last
few months have been like Christmas, in that we have received numerous article do-
nations. Every bag or box . contains another one-of-a-kind present. Of course no one
can top God's gift to us that first Christmas Eve. Thank you, and please have a
blessed Christmas
Thanks to alert, Ann Murphy, for noticing and sending the USA Today article in a
Cover Story dated 4 Nov 2009. The Miracle of America
Museum is literally put o n the map. A US map, pin point-
ing places that ex hibit portions of the Berlin Wall, show
the MOAM, at Polson, as the only place in Montana dis-
playing pieces of the infamous wall which was razed 20
years ago this month.
The 5 chunks, now displayed in the military sec-
tion, have special meaning to the Museum founder, Gil
Mangels, who had viewed the erected wall in 1963 while
stationed in Germany as an Army MP. He took the photo
of the infamous Checkpoint Charlie (shown) while he was
stationed there. "Being in East Berlin helped me realize
that freedom is precious and fragile." says Gil, who also
said, "The best birthday present I ever received was when
I went to the mailbox and found the package containing 5 chunks of the wall sent by a shirttail relation sta-
tioned in Berlin when th e wall came down. " They were immediately placed on display with other historical
items related to the atrocities of communism and tyranny. In fact much of the patriotic venue of the museum
is a direct result of feelin gs Gil garnered at the wall and his tour of East Germany.
Many of you folks have already helped us save about $50 on this one mailing alone, by letting us e-mail
newsletters. Please, if you have an e- mail address send it to us so we can e-mail you beautifully colored
newsletters and save even more money. With the post offices frequently raising rates and not always depend-
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With the recession, job cuts, business closures, wars, etc we realize your finances may be stretched to the
limit. We are very frugal and neither founders nor Board members receive any money from the mu-
seum. However we feel that it is now even more important to teach the principles of the original Con-
stitution. If you agr ee with us, would you please consider a Museum endowment in your estate plan-
ning? Your endowment would help insure the continuity of this museum. It is in your hands, now.
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Larry Ashcraft -
his American Airlines uniform. He
flew for AA for one year and TWA for 36 years.
Phillip Barney M.D.
ad ded numerous medical tools
forceps, a
bone saw,
a surgical
sewing kit
mfg. by
Co., etc
Ken Bales
- Petrolania and other
vintage auto items Including this
25pound gear lube can.
eselyn Carlson
donated a cute
doll with a crocheted outfit & a
100 yr old cast metal commemo-
rative train from the NY Central
RR line.
Phyllis Dresen
Injection syringe for sugar curing
hams. We've been working on a butcher shop which
we will probably call Utsond's locker. Do any of you
have old pictures of it?
Bob Engels -
monocoupe airplane model & airplane
Phyllis Fulkerson
after deciding to move south, do-
nated several beautiful early Reservation photos. We
will be using them in the 100
year commemoration
of the reservation
Gloria Hasla m
- 3 box es vintage Christmas tree orna-
Howard Hudson
comes in a couple of times a month
bringin g everything from usable 2 X 4 lumber to a 2
inch long airplane candy bottle which would have
held little tiny candy BBs and be used as a stocking
Gene Johnson
- a 1950s car-hop tr ay, early auto ac-
cessories & misc. wagon and farm equipment
Ed Manning
December 7
1941, "A day that will
live in infamy" as then President Roosevelt stated,
when he declared war on the Japanese Empire, after
their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, that fateful mo rn-
ing. Among the American causalities was George
David Smart, of Polson Montana. His remains still
lie with hundreds of his shipmates in the hold of the
USS Arizona. There is a tribute display at the Mir a-
cle of America Museum, with rare Smart family and
Arizona memorabilia to remind viewers that freedom
is not free. This display recently received a gift f rom
WW II Veter an, Ed Manning, formerly of Wild
Horse Plains. Ed drove up from the state of Arizona
to present a limited edition print (#265) of the USS
Arizona before the Dec. 7
attack. In the photo Ed is
wearing a cowboy hat originally placed on his head
nearly 80 years ago by early silent film star, Tom
Mix. As a boy, Ed gave exemplary service to cus-
tomers at his dad's gas station in California. To show
his appreciation,
Tom Mix, placed
this hat on then 8
year old Ed's
head. It is now
hung in the mu-
seum, in the
Cowboy display.
Lucy McCrumb
donated 4 large
childrens color-
ing books from
Ken Miers
donated a vest/hat pin of an Indian Motor-
Harlan & Joel Olson
donated wheelwright tools and
petroleum antiques
Aaron Saunders
When he was deployed in Iraq, Aaron
obtained an Iraq 250 Dinars bill (about 50 cents
) and one of
Sadam's cousins personally autographed it to him.
Aaron donated the money here for display.
Dave Sergent-
gallon Texaco can of
Pelican [mineral] oil.
The can was hand
made and soldered
together. It has held
the original oil for 83
years. Speaking of
oil, if anyone has
odds and ends of oil
cans or bottles of oil
or grease lyin g
around the garage,
we can use it for the
oilers and grease cups
on some of our
equipment and stationary engines.
Douglas Wendt
brought in model airplanes, engines,
props, and other related memorabilia dating back to
1934 and a 1991 Flash Gordon Coffee Table book
Dick Molenda -
Apiarian (Bee keepers) informational
posters on bees and Honey to go next to the fruit/
orchard displays in the newest building.
Tom Newgard
- Misc. tools, hardware, building sup-
plies and early boat motors. More story later.
Mike Noble -
Sound System & pretaped cds of the 50s,
-70s they've been hit in the soda fountain room.
Mrs. Otto Buchmann
- Wooden toys made by her late
husband, Otto, and Standard Oil Cans
n Schwartz
- donated
several very unique an-
tiques. First was a 1905 Hot Point 2 way Iron. It
could be plugged in a ver y early socket or heated on
the stove as most sad irons were. She also donated a
complete set
of the
Royal Game, Ping Pong or Ta-
ble Tennis. Ping Pong evolved, along with Badmin-
ton, from the ancient game of Tennis. The game was
developed in England in the late 1880s. The game
rights were bought by Parker Brothers and intro-
duced in 1901 to the US as Ping Pong This 1901 set
received its name from the sound the celluloid ball
made. The early paddles were paper, resembled bad-
minton racquets, and were called battledores.
Karen MacIntire Lenz -
real vintage paper dolls,
Dewey Yardstick (phone 25) Various 1950's Stud e-
baker item from her father, Jean's, Studebaker deal-
ership. He built the beautiful block and brick build-
ing on the corner of 1
str. E. and Hwy 93 where
Beacon Tire is now. More story Later
Tammi (Baer) and Jim Dvorak and children-
Jessy & Danny Dvorak -
spent a couple of days
transferring winter items into the new building with
the snowmobiles and setting them up in a great new
display. They donated several 1920-30 antique bot-
tles. This bottle is one of the
earliest known of the lemon
soda and claims to be lithian-
ated. So in those days Coca
cola had its cocaine and 7 up
had its lithian. Both were de-
veloped by pharmacists and
were claimed to be great cures.
7Up claimed it did more than
settle your stomach, it dis-
pelled han govers and took the
"ouch" out of grouch. Who
could beat that?
Rick Anderson
, from Staples
Minnesota, again vacationing in
Montana, gave us two days of me-
chanical assistance getting museum
vehicles running.
We have been segregating and im-
proving sev eral displays. The need for that became ob-
vious when we were videotaping. Yes, you heard cor-
rectly, after a lot of arm twisting, we've finally begun
taping "A Walk Down Memory Lane", a series of
DVDs showing the various displays. Gil tells most of
the story behind the items in each display, why it is an
important part of the display and the unique features of
several items in each display.
Paul Bonelli
is the video-
grapher and he asks lots of insightful questions.
Sharon Christianson
worked the front desk thereby
giving Joanne some relief when she really needed it
Rodney Cogliatti
a day fix ing up RR items
Clint Chowning
of American Truss loaned his loader
and a volunteer oper ator to make some repairs on the
Greg Knutson of Glass Connection,
has done LOTS
of glass cutting and has donated several pieces of used
glass and some large
glass entrance doors, which we
can often utilize as is for display cases, etc.
Stephen Naethe -
fisherman ex traordinaire, has spent
several hours or ganizing in the boat and fishing build-
ing. It is a vast improvement
Greg Grisak
Odyssey Auto Glass
has helped sev-
eral times give museum vehicles better windows and a
rock chip repair .
Daylan Dupuis of Dupuis Lumber
donated some
nice lumber to restore our flare side wagon
, who
often helps
Gil in the
shop did
a lot of the
carpentr y.
Good Job ,
Escoe Lewis recently passed
away. He had mar ried Vi Pinkerman whose family
was one of the first to grow "Flathead Cherries"
and he donated their weigh scale and first picking
table. We will miss him and his humor.
Rick & Karen
Dennis Conrad
Jeffrey Funk
Paul Fugleberg
Frank & Lulu Stock
Spark & Throttle Car Club
Miracle of America Museum
36094 Memory Lane
Polson, MT 59860