09.08.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: The Carter County Museum

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka. The Carter County Museum has helped preserve the history of eastern Montana for over eighty years, and was the first county museum in the state.

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

MONTANAN OF THE WEEK 

Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, Montana. The Carter County Museum is a treasure to our state, and well worth the time to stop in and visit if you are traveling through eastern Montana. 

The Carter County Museum has helped preserve the history of eastern Montana for over eighty years, and was the first county museum in the state. This region of our state is known for plentiful dinosaur discoveries, and one of the exhibits at the Carter County Museum includes a complete skull of a Triceratops. Recent regional history is also on display at the museum. Artifacts from American Indian tribes and late nineteenth century homesteaders help visitors gain a deeper appreciation for the history of the forty-first state to join the Union.  

Over the past two summers, members of the museum’s staff have used their expertise to help recover the remains of a Columbian mammoth along the Powder River. Just last month, the staff unearthed a mostly intact skull, including both tusks. It is uncommon to find a museum that offers such a unique collection of rare exhibits outside of a major population center, but that is precisely what you will find at the Carter County Museum.

Eastern Montana, widely recognized for its contributions to our nation in the areas of agriculture and energy, is also home to many items of cultural significance. Local gems like the Carter County Museum, and all of the folks that make its day-to-day operations possible, help make Montana an exceptional place.

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