The Sun River Valley Historical Society has received $5,000.00 through Humanities Montana’s CARES grant program. This rapid-response funding provides general operating support to cultural organizations in the state that have been affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, many of our summer fund-raising activities have been cancelled or postponed.  The monies that are raised through these activities are used to purchase needed materials for keeping historic Fort Shaw safe and in good condition and the making and placing of grave markers at the Fort Shaw Military Cemetery.  This grant will help substantially to provide funds to carry on these much-needed projects.  

The funds are part of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March. The $2 trillion aid package included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, approximately $30 million of which was sent to fifty-six state and territorial humanities councils to redistribute to humanities nonprofit organizations in need.

The state humanities councils were chosen to distribute these funds because of their well-established relationships with museums, historical societies, libraries, and cultural institutions that are the cornerstones of some of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities.

Humanities Montana is Montana’s state humanities council with a mission to serve communities through stories and conversation. We offer experiences that nurture imagination and ideas by speaking to Montanans’ diverse history, literature, and philosophy. Established in 1972, we are one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better infuse the humanities directly and effectively into public life. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations.

The Sun River Valley Historical Society is deeply appreciative that this grant was made available.  

For more information, please call the Sun River Valley Historical Society at 406-965-3025 or check out the website: