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--- On Tue, 10/13/09, Mar Qos Aker <marqosaker@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Mar Qos Aker <marqosaker@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Museum of the Rockies Gift
> To: "dml" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 3:53 PM
> FYI
> 
> West Yellowstone residentâs donation to Museum of the
> Rockies
> October 12th 2009 
>  
> 
> Eleanor Hamilton Povah collection extensive
> Officials at the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State
> University, Bozeman, and representatives for Eleanor
> Hamilton Povah of West Yellowstone, Montana, announced that
> the Hamilton Povah collection will be staying in Montana.
> 
> Povah is the daughter of Charles A. Hamilton, founder of
> the Hamilton Store chain that operated in Yellowstone
> National Park from 1915 through 2002. She and her deceased
> husband, Trevor Povah, assumed the operation of Hamilton
> Stores and ran the company for many years. During their long
> involvement with the park, the Hamilton and Povah families
> acquired a unique and valuable collection related to the
> history of the Yellowstone area. 
> 
> More than 1,000 items from Hamilton Povah Collection are
> being donated. They include vehicles associated with the
> familiesâ business operations in Yellowstone, items from
> the stores themselves and Native American objects that would
> have been representational of inventory in the stores. Among
> the vehicles are an authentic Yellowstone bus, a 1941
> Lincoln Zephyr and a horse-drawn oil tanker.
> 
> Povah said it was important to keep the collection together
> in a location associated with Yellowstone National Park,
> rather than have the items sold individually at auction.
> 
> âItâs a matter of keeping something together that we
> spent a lifetime putting together,â Povah said.
> 
> Sheldon McKamey, museum dean and director, said, âThe
> collection itself is extensive but Mrs. Povahâs generosity
> didnât stop there. She is also providing a substantial
> financial gift to support the curation and interpretation of
> the collection which makes it possible for us to accept it.
> 
> âWe are delighted the collection is staying in
> Montana,â McKamey continued. âThis collection tells an
> important story about Montana. For it to be gifted to the
> Museum of the Rockies and being able to show it in context
> with the area we live is very significant for us.â
> 
> The collection complements MSUâs intention to be known as
> the University of the Yellowstone, McKamey said, adding that
> âCurrently MSUâs focus has been based on scientific
> research in the Yellowstone ecosystem, but this collection
> will help us better understand the areaâs cultural
> history.â
> 
> Museum Curator of History Michael Fox said the museum will
> use the collection as the basis for a long-term
> multi-disciplinary project to interpret the history and
> legacy of the Hamilton and Povah families and their
> contributions to the cultural development of Yellowstone
> National Park. 
> 
> âThe Hamilton Stores name became synonymous with
> hospitality and visitor services within Yellowstone National
> Park and continues to be recognized as a pioneering business
> whose influence is seen in mercantile operations throughout
> the National Park System. The ways in which the
> administration, development and interpretation of the Park
> were influenced and affected by the families and their
> businesses will also be the subject of study,â Fox said.
> 
> A full-scale exhibit of the collection is planned at the
> Museum of the Rockies within the next five years and
> traveling rental and/or on-line exhibits are possible.
> Isolated objects from the collection will be displayed as
> soon as they are catalogued and conserved. Artifacts from
> the collection would be available to researchers and
> historians including students at MSU and objects could be
> loaned to other qualified institutions. 
> 
> Financial support from Povah will be used as a match in
> securing federal support for the collection and fundraising
> from private donors and foundations will be ongoing.
> 
> The Museum of the Rockies began as a history museum in 1957
> with the gift of Dr. Caroline McGillâs collection. Today,
> the museum stewards nearly 300,000 objects and 500 million
> years of history. One of the finest paleontology collections
> in North America is found under the museumâs roof, along
> with strong core collections in western history, textiles,
> Native American artifacts, and photography.
> 
> For more information about the Museum of the Rockies and
> plans for the Hamilton Povah collection, log onto
> www.museumoftherockies.org
> 
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