36094 Memory Lane
Polson, MT 59860
Phone
406-883-6804
A Non-Profit
501-C-3 Corp.
81-0437386
www.miracleofamericamuseum.org info@miracleofamericamuseum.org
March 2010 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
Executive
Board of Directors
Gil Mangels-Pres.
Cathleen Wilde-VP
Mel Adams-VP
Joanne Mangels-Sec
Gracia Normandeau Jones
Kendall Dupuis
Mike Maddy
Stan Cohen
Donna Maddux
Advisory
Board of Directors
Paul Bonelli
Jim Pomajevich
QUARTERLY REPORT
We are now in the beginnings of March. Visitors have come from 23 states, 8
countries and 3 provinces. However our number count has slipped some. We
hope it picks up for tourist season!
Gil's interest in antique motorcycles prompted him
to bid on this unusual 1940 card from Tartamaa,
Estonia. We don't recognize the language, but we
hope it says, "Happy Easter" as that is our greeting
to all of you. The broken egg (sidecar) represents
the real meaning of Easter when Christ broke the
bands of death and rose from the tomb on that sa-
cred morning. The look of alarm on the cycle
rider's face must have been the same as on Gil's
face when he rode the 1954 Harley with sidecar in
the 4
th
of July parade last year and had a little child
dash out in the street in front of him to pick up
candy.
GRANTS NEWS
We received a cost of materials and labor grant, totaling $1,685.00 from the
Oleta (Pete) Smith Foundation and administered by the Montana Community
Foundation for a plexiglass dust cover and other improvements to further pro-
tect a Native American Display. This features a white buckskin beaded dress by
Mrs. Peter Paul, and a retired eagle headed dancing stick and eagle feather fan
used by Tribal spiritual leader, Francis Stanger and numerous other items. It also
covered labor and materials to custom make a display case to expand and embel-
lish our Buffalo Hunt, Mural/Diorama. Both are completed.
We received a small Grant from the Soroptomists which will allow us to start on
a special display honoring the early nurses at St. Joseph's hospital. We will be
unable to finish it without more grant money specifically for that.
We had also applied for a grant to upgrade the lighting system in the whole mu-
seum, but found out it was for museums in areas much more rural than ours. So
Joanne has written two more grants and we are awaiting results, The lighting is
vitally important in the main building as there are basically no windows. Mission
Valley Power has agreed to assist with $4,400. We still have to raise $5,000 and
last year we saved $2,000 towards the project. The change from magnetic to
electronic ballasts for fluorescent lights would reduce the total lighting load in
our buildings by 48%! It would reduce our carbon footprint and our power bills.
SEEN IN THIS ISSUE
QUARTERLY
REPORT
GRANTS NEWS
MEMBERSHIPS
A NEW
GENERATION
SPARK �N
THROTTLE
CONDOLENCES
MISCELLANEOUS
DONATIONS
MARK YOUR
CALENDARS
REMEMBER THE
MUSEUM
MEMBERSHIP INFO
ANTIQUE RECORDS
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FINANCIAL DONORS
Life Members have donated $1000 or more. This
may be done in a one time donation or as a cumula-
tive donation as the following folks have done.
Bert & Grace Poloson
Bob Skans
SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP $100 or more
Morey Grove
FAMLY MEMBERSHIP $25 or more
Larry & Jan Bixby
Larry & Judy Sagers
Ken Soward
Maureen Theiler
MEMORIAL DONATION
Lyle & Grace Larson�
Honoring
Fred Poloson
Frank & Pat Stolle
-Honoring their son
Jerry Stolle
MISCELLANEOUS DONATIONS
Howard Hudson
- Men's Schwinn Bike, Cub Scout
pin, 5 books from 1910 to 50s, and 4 records of the
moon landing
Jane Krantz
- Portrait of
Astronauts on Space
shuttle Columbia
Tom Needham
, 1944
Film Can, Somers Diner
sign Chicken Dinner 5cents ,
Framed oil painting by
Elizabeth Heidelman.
Mrs. Heidelman
(affectionately called "The Flower Lady") was the
wife of first physician in Western Mt.. Donated in
memory of Neva Lockwood,Resner
Dan Sharp
- 27 misc circa. 1920 American vintage
car headlights,
Glen Timm
- 15 Chil-
dren's "Golden Re-
cords" & Misc
Mildred Wolfe
- Poster
of Patton's Prayer at
Bastogne
Salish-Kootenai Day
Care
center donated
playground equipment
which will be installed
in the
vicinity of our 1912
Green Mountain one-
room schoolhouse. As a
point of interest, when
we were dismantling
and loading the equip-
ment, The children wondered what we were doing.
When we said that they would be set up at the mu-
seum, they were excited and glad. As we set up the
monkey bars, teeter-totters etc, we wondered, as we
often do, how in the world did so many middle
agers and seniors last so long without "Big
Brother's" protection. Even small items like the little
all wood finger tops, a favorite toy we sold by the
hundreds for $1.00, will no longer be available be-
cause of another congressionally mandated agency
protecting us. It seems like George Orwell's 1984
was just off by about one generation.
A NEW GENERATION
"SPARK & THROTTLE"
Old timers who drove "Horseless Carriages" all
knew what the spark and throttle were, However
many of the younger folks have never even driven a
stick shift. Anyhow, for many years that was the
name of the local car club, of which the Mangels
were some of the founding members It has officially
disbanded. The remaining $163.38 in the treasury
was given to the museum and was spent purchasing
repair parts for the original 1937 Hudson Terraplane
Al Corban willed to the museum. Unleaded and es-
pecially ethanol gas gums up carburetors, fuel
pumps and rubberized lines. It took a lot of work to
get it going after sitting unused 15-20 years.
Condolences to the family of Vida Winkley. She
was a loyal financial supporter for many years
First photo shows Gil, Joanne, Cathleen and Ned as
a baby. Second photo shows them all 30 years later
with Ian age 5, the next generation added. There
wasn't enough space for all to ride though.
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MEMBERSHIP
With Postal rates continually rising we want to
remind people of the importance of regular donations.
We are also going green and e mailing newsletters to
those who give us their email address. If this includes
you, please help us in this transition
Everyone who donates an artifact, receives at
least one newsletter. After that, if you still want to
receive newsletters please let us know. A star beside
your name on the address label means this may be the
last newsletter you receive unless we hear from you.
Our memberships are reasonable, tax deductible,
provide free admission and copies of our newsletters,
plus a 10% discount in our gift shop.
Family $25 up to $99.99
Annual Sustaining $100 up to $199.00
Corporate Sustaining $200 up to $999.00
Lifetime $1000 or more
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR EVENTS
AHEAD
I
n conjunction with the
State Historical Society
the museum will be dis-
playing , Glacier National
Park Centennial Traveling Exhibition
March 27 through April 22. That culminates April 22
with displays of opera-
tional GNP antique snow
vehicles, and special Gla-
cier National Park Birthday Party featuring Retired
English Professor, Dale Harvey, and Song Master,
Neil Lewing singing "the Glacier Park Song" 7-9pm
July 17 & 18 will be our
20
th
Live History Days and
we have new entertainers
and new displays, old time
fiddles Saturday and KC &
the Valley Cats Sunday.
July 24
th
2pm Trish Frieze,
Montana's Doll Lady, will
be displaying some of her
collection of over 1000 an-
tique dolls and pieces of
doll furniture. She will give
a talk on the care and nur-
turing of antique dolls and
wants women to bring an
old, beloved or interesting
doll and she will do an an-
tique road show type ap-
praisal of a dozen or more.
It will be a very enjoyable
afternoon for the ladies and
there will be no charge for
them thanks to a grant from
the Greater Polson Commu-
nity Foundation.
Guys will
be able to look at the museum's vehicles all you want
during that time.
REMEMBER THE MUSEUM
Gil has been fortunate over the years to collect and
preserve artifacts from other museums which have
closed. Included in the list is the Huffine Museum,
Lookout Museum, Trap Zoo, Merced Ca. Ag Mu-
seum, Tony the Trader and most recently Doug
Allard's Indian Museum. See photo of 15 ft. dugout.
Gil is saddened every time a museum closes and there
are many where locale and budget have prohibited
him from "Saving" a portion of their collections. The
MOAM is healthy and vibrant, growing and improv-
ing. The internet and word of mouth has blessed us
with visitors. Our goal is to keep it "happening". That
is why, if you appreciate the MOAM it is so impor-
tant to include us in your estate planning. We have an
accountant who will help.
August 18
th
6:30pm Boating Movie night. Showing
"Smoke on the Water" and a 1952 film, entitled
"Timber Today and Tomorrow" partially filmed on
Flathead Lake. Soft drinks and ice cream treats are
available. Free admission for this event thanks to the
Greater Polson Community Foundation
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Miracle of America Museum
36094 Memory Lane
Polson, MT 59860
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TALKING BOOKS
These two, four inch diameter records, are shown on their presentation cards. They were printed by the
Talking Book Company and are dated 1918. They were donated by
Howard Hudson
.