Construction of Montana Heritage Center continues
HELENA – Construction of the Montana Heritage Center is well advanced. In recent weeks, work has intensified with the removal of sewer lines and preparations for the foundations of the new building.
Collecting, preserving, interpreting and displaying the stories that have shaped the life and land of the Montanais is the mission of the Montana Historical Society (MHS), and why the new Montana Heritage Center is so great.
The Montana Heritage Center will allow the MHS to host more exhibits and create a cohesive space.
“Our exhibitions, our educational programs, our public programming, our research center, our historical preservation office, our publications offices, so that all our functions will be housed in one place which has greatly enlarged and improved the spaces”, said Molly Kruckenberg, director of MHS.
Until now, construction has focused on preparing the site, but recently workers have started preparing the ground for a foundation.
“We are installing 763 pillars and their function is to stabilize the ground so that we can start the foundation work and so this will help with any sinking or settling of the building,” Kruckenberg said.
Kruckenberg says the establishment of the Montana Heritage Center is not just for the benefit of tourists visiting Big Sky State, but for residents to understand Montana’s history.
“We are constructing a building that will be a community center that will house the residents of Helena and other residents of Montana, many public spaces where people can come and gather to talk about our culture, our heritage and in all ways. where we have things in common and differences and how we can learn our history together, ”said Kruckenberg.
MHS ‘mission is also to find the stories of Montana history and apply them to solve today’s problems.
“How can we then use these stories to determine where we’re going to go in the future, so if there are social issues, for example, that affect us today, it would be increasingly important to understand how we got to this point and then it helps us understand how we can move forward in the future, ”Kruckenberg said.
Those who wish to follow the progress of the center can find a live stream of the construction on the Montana Heritages website.
Kruckenberg says no weather-related delays impacted the construction.
The project is expected to cost more than $ 52 million. Funding for the Montana Heritage Center was approved by the 2019 Legislature through a tourist tax.