Preservation People

It is people -- great people! -- who make preservation happen and we are always delighted with those who are starting fresh, and indebted to those who move on. With this Preserve Montana update, we take time to give warm welcomes and say sad farewells. 

The Top Brass

U.S. House Rep. Ryan Zinke awaits confirmation to become the next Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is now Chair of the National Parks Subcommittee. Zinke has long supported preserving our heritage and we were glad to hear of his concern for funding infrastructure in National Parks, which includes historic buildings, during his confirmation hearings. 

New Intern

A heartyand belated welcome goes to MPA intern Madeline Westrom. Madie is a history major at Carroll College in Helena and started working on our Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey in August. She is documenting historic rural schools in Lewis & Clark and Blaine counties. 

New Partners

MPA welcomes archaeologist, Sierra Mandelko to Glacier National Park. As the park’s Cultural Resources Officer, Sierra will be helping MPA plan the 2017 preservation field school at the Wheeler Camp on Lake McDonald as well as tours for the 2018 Road Show. 

Cathy Bickenheuser, the new Region One Forest Service Preservation Team Lead

Cathy Bickenheuser, the new Region One Forest Service Preservation Team Lead

Cathy Bickenheuser was selected to lead the USDA Forest Service Region One Preservation Team, replacing retiring Kirby Matthew. Cathy’s track record with restoring historic resources in our National Forest is long and impressive, and she is sharing that expertise through her new guidebook to hands-on log cabin restoration. 

Sad Farewell
Helena has lost a pillar of history and preservation, Ward A. Shanahan. Ward served on the boards of the MT Historical Society and MT History Foundation. His many contributions to saving Montana history are a legacy for all.