Welcome to the official site of the:
Sons and Daughters of
Big Sky Country!
Greetings from the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers
We hope to make this a public stopping place for our members and all interested people. Events, meetings, and news stories concerning the Sons and Daughters can be found here, along with other information of historical significance, a link to our quarterly newsletter -- The Pick and Shovel, application forms to join the Sons and Daughters, the new Pioneer Heritage Book, and information about our board of directors. We hope you benefit from our website and accept our invitation to enjoy the history of the great State of Montana -
Feel free to drop a line and let us know what you would like to see here. Michael (Cowboy) Russell is your Webmaster here, and if any of you have historical pictures to incorporate on this site, please send them. If you email Mike, he will send you a mailing address. His email is located at the logo below.
This picture was taken in Helena in 1892, when the first
chapter of Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers was
founded during a meeting of the Society of Montana Pioneers
The first group assembled on the steps of the county
courthouse with the founders, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
standing left third row, and Mrs. P. B. Clarke, who stands
next to her.
Seated in the first row, left to right, are
Will Curtiss, Albert Loeb and Lewis Penwell; second row,
Charles Dahler, Ada Deegan, Mae Curtiss Cone, unidentified,
Dr. Charles Reinig, Gertie Hickman Thompson, Frances
Jurgens Toby, Theodore E. Kleinschmidt, Marie
Kleinschmidt Southworth, Alma Sanford,
Frances Esker Woodman, Bessie M. Whitcomb,
a Merrill boy, Jacob Lissner, Bessie Kirdendall,
Mrs. P. B. Sanford, Edward Horsky, Dr. Ben Brooke,
a Merrill boy, unidentified, Toby Hedges, and unidentified.
Third row, standing left to right, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
Mrs. P. B. Clarke, Tot Millegan, unidentified,
Albert Quirk Dygert, Reta Clarke Hauser,
Kady Kirkendall Shepard, Nona N. Brown, a Stewart,
Nettie Redding Little and Mary L. Burns.
Last row, Aurile Keeler, Charles English, unidentified,
a Merrill boy and the last man is unidentified.
Our 2014 Convention will be held in Bozeman, Montana... we will be staying at the Grandtree Inn and that will also be the location for our meetings and some dinings.
If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see while you are there and we can put them into the schedule, such as tours, points of interests or any special times for us to get together and just talk about stories of our families and how they got to, and managed thier lives here in Montana, please email us by using the email link below. Your suggestions are wanted and we hope to see you all in Bozeman. More information will be coming out later, Bozeman, Montana August 8-9, 2014.
2013 Bell Ringers Award
This years award winner was Cindy Swartz of Great Falls.
This award is given to the History Teacher of the Year for teaching Montana
History. Below is a picture
of Cindy receiving a check from Mary Lou Garrett, of The Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers. Cindy and her class got to ring the Capital Bell at exactly 10:41 am on November 8th, 2013, which is the exact time Montana was admitted into Statehood. The class rang the bell for 1 minute, and believe me I am sure it was heard throughout the Capital.
Pictured left to right is Mike Russell 1st VP, Cindy Swartz-teacher, Tim Sowa 2nd VP, Mary Lou Garrett Sec/Tres, and Bill O'Keefe Bell Ringer Award Chairman.
August 9-10 was outstanding. We would like to thank every one that helped put this together in Philipsburg. Thanks to the Museum folks, the Silver Mill Restaurant for an outstanding dinner and all those that fed us and extended thier hospitality. What a great time we had.
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"MY MONTANA HERITAGE"
The SDMP Officers and Board of Directors are sponsoring "MY MONTANA HERITAGE," a contest for students in 6th through 12th grades. Our purpose is to encourange young people to become interested in Montana history and thier heritage. Students must be a member, a relative of a member, or a descendent of a Montana Pioneer who arrived in the state before Dec 31, 1868 to be eligible to participate in this constest. Thier project can be school, community, or church related and all applications must be received by April 1st of each year. All applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions, and awards will be presented at our Annual Convention in August.
Suggestions for historical topics are:
1. Family genealogy
2. Local History
3. A historical town
4. Historical mines
5. Historical buildings (courthouses, churches, schools, lodges, etc)
6. A particular nationality that settled in an area of Montana
7. A native American's friendship or relationship (a relative to your pioneer ancestor and their conrtibution to helping your ancestor)
8. Cavalry, military, forts, local historical centennial celebrations
9. Your personal pioneer photos (homesteads, etc.)
10. A ghost town
You may choose a topic or subject other than the ones listed here that you are interested in as long as your topic/subject pertains to Montana History and you have the documentation to prove it. Docementation must be included with your project.
Projects should be no larger than a 2" three ring binder because of limited storage in our Board Room, and entries will be judged on historical content, documentation of information, neatness of project, presentation of information, individual family genealogy/project, was it related to a school assignment, and one project per year, per child.
*All entries will become property of the SDMP and will be kept in our archives. Please make a copy of your work for your own information.
THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING! CLICK ON THIS WORD "APPLICATION" TO BRING UP THE APPLICATION SO YOU CAN PRINT IT FROM YOUR COMPUTER. If you need any help in completing this process, please drop us an email so we can help you... email link is below.
Deadline has been extended to May 1, 2014 for this years submission
A Short Instruction on our Historical Beginning
have something to tell
or ask us?
We are trying to get ALL MEMBERS to supply us with their email addresses. Please click
on this link and print out the release form and supply us with your email address. Or
just email us your email address and we will update our records.
We hope to be able to send out the Pick and Shovel via email in the future and keep
our members informed of important updates. Have a great day.
Thanks for sending us your emails to update and improve the distribution of messages and newsletters to you. This in turn saves the organization lots of money.
The following person's emails are being returned and are not deliverable. Please email me back to correct the email address we have on file. I am not going to post those email addresses but will post your name. Please click on the the victorian pen and paper above to send me those email addresses.... Thanks Mike
Links to Applications and information
in order to read the Pick and Shovel you must have Adobe PDF Reader, click here to download it. Its free and easy
Pick and Shovel Newsletter Fall 2013
Board Members Contact Page 2014 - 2016
Montana Nick Names and Motto's
Dreams Across the Divide Stories of the Montana Pioneers
Linda Wostrel, Editor - A new Book with the stories of our
ancestors that settled this great state.
All new..... Static Cling Window Decals and our new Denim Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Logo'd Shirts
click here to go to Sons and Daughters items for sale page
We are now making available video's and slide show presentations that were made during the 1942 thru 1963 Conventions, slide show DVD's range from 1965 thru 1973, also, Video's of 1987, 2000, 2001, TV coverage of 2001 Book Signing and 2010 video titled "Montana Poor Farm".
If you are interested in purchasing any of these please email us using the link above
updatedNovember 20, 2013
If you have inquiries about your ancestry, please do not ask about them in the
guestbook, please email us with your questions and we will get them answered that way.
click pen well to email inquiries
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by Michael Russell..aka Cowboy
Page updated Octobet 29, 2012
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