Membership to the Three Forks Area Historical Society is open to anyone interested in
local history. Membership fees and contributions are tax deductible. Annual membership fees are $25 per year. After five consecutive years of annual
membership or paying $125, the member reaches the Gallatin level. Continued membership patronage
or "paddling up the river," raises the membership level.
The levels as you paddle up the rivers are;
What we do
From its beginning the Three Forks Area Historical Society's purpose, taken from their constitution, has been to "preserve and make available for study and research the history and culture of the area…"
If you have visited the Headwaters Heritage Museum, you no doubt believe the Society is fulfilling its purpose.
But look around some more and you will find that the Society has gone above and beyond.
For instance, many of the businesses around town have historic photos and memorabilia prominently displayed on
their walls, some of which were provided by the museum. The Caboose Visitor Center in Milwaukee Park was
acquired and is maintained by the Historical Society. The mural painted on Seiler's Hardware was conceived and
provided by the Society. Sacajawea Park, with the beautiful "Coming Home" statue, benches, and memorial walls
were all conceived and provided by the Society. In 2010, the Fur Trade Symposium brought over a hundred
visitors from around the country and gave local businesses and organizations an economic boost. The Society has published
the Selected Papers of the 2010 Fur Trade Symposium, which is on sale at the museum
gift shop along with many other books, keepsakes and gifts.
We continue our mission with the Depot Defender project, by saving Trident's Northern Pacific
Depot, built in about 1910, moving it to Three Forks and working to create a railroad and Trident heritage center.
Many of the railroad and Trident related artifacts in the Headwaters Heritage Museum will eventually be moved to the depot for display,
opening up the museum to add other important displays. You can help us with important work by becoming a Depot Defender.
MEMORIALS AND DONATIONS
Patrons and members are welcome to donate to the general operating fund of the Headwaters Heritage Museum or to the Railroaders' Rail of Honor Memorial, which honors the railroaders that lived, worked, or passed through the City of Three Forks in the over 70 years of railroad history. All donations and memorials are tax deductible.