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Upcoming Events


Williston Area Visual Artists

  The Williston Area Visual Artists will have an art show on display October 1 through November 5, 2016. The show is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 1pm to 4pm.
  Williston Area Visual Artists (WAVA) provides a nurturing and supportive environment by which artists will feel inspired and encouraged to pursue the arts.

The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries

picture19The MonDak Heritage Center will host The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries by artist Lee Silliman October 1 through December 1, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm. This exhibit explores the final page of our ineluctable passage.  In his travels throughout Montana and other western states to old mining camps and ghost towns, black and white photographer Lee Silliman seeks out their abandoned cemeteries, for these hallowed grounds are a palpable record of the former community’s struggle for life.  He ferrets out those monuments – stone and wooden – which reveal our forebears’ tribulations, as well as their fervent hopes for eternal reunion with loved ones.  All too often children’s headstones dot the enclosure, for until the last 100 years, humankind marshaled but feeble resistance to the onslaught of childhood diseases.  Indeed, the expressions of grief chiseled upon the multitude of headstones of deceased children are most heartrending – and there was no balm. By utilizing an 8”x10” view camera loaded, by making nuanced 8”x10” contact prints in his own darkroom, and by framing these results in his own picture frame shop, the photographer has sought to create an attractive union of art and history.

MonDak Writers Group

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  Great Stories can be told by anyone, anywhere, whether you’re working hard in the oil fields, washing dishes at a restaurant, or scribbling away during your office job.
  The MonDak Writers Group encourages people of all writing levels and genres to join.
Bring a work in progress (memoir, short story, novel chapter, poem, anything) if you’ve got one, and if you don’t, your brain and possibly a lucky pen will do!
  The MonDak Writers Group aims to build a community within Richland County of people who want to express themselves on paper and to celebrate the craft of writing.
  This monthly writing workshop will include peer-to-peer review and feedback, group writing exercises, and an enthusiastic instructor.
  Meeting date will be the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the MonDak Heritage Center. For questions call MDHC at 406-433-3500 or Fred at 682-206-5744

Sidney – Images of America Book

Available now at The MonDak Heritage Center and other Sidney retail locations!
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The latest book in Arcadia Publishing's series The Images Of America. This series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. using archival photographs, this book presents distinctive stories from the past that shaped the character of the community of Sidney today. The book contains over 200 vintage photographs from the archives of the MonDak Heritage Center.

Courage Enough Has Been Reprinted !!

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Reprinted editions of Courage Enough I and II are now available!
Courage Enough Book II is a continuation of the MonDak family histories collection originally published during the nation's bicentennial. This reprint of the second edition traces the personal lives of the pioneering families of the MonDak from 1925-1960 and was originally published in 1996. Available now for $35
Courage Enough I traces the personal lives of the pioneering families of the MonDak, those who had courage enough to settle homesteads and build towns on the last few free acres in the West and was originally published in 1975. The reprinted edition consists of 2 Volumes and is priced at $80
Shipping is available on both Courage Enough I and Courage Enough II

MonDak’s Miniature Art Show

  The MonDak Heritage Center will host their annual Miniature Art Show November 9, 2016 through January 14, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 1pm to 4pm.

NAN presents Fubuki Daiko

Fubuki Daiko Northeastern Arts Network presents Fubuki Daiko, Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7pm at the Sidney Middle School Auditorium Fubuki Daiko reinvents traditional Japanese drumming with their eclectic and energetic performances that are part martial arts athleticism, part meditation, and all rhythm. For over nineteen years, they have performed at festivals, concert halls, and schools across North America. Combining their traditional Japanese training with their North American roots, this dynamic taiko drum group melds hard-driving percussion and gentle bamboo flute melodies in heart-felt displays of musicianship, humor and sheer physical stamina. Season tickets for the Big Sky Concert Series are available by contacting any NAN Board Member or the MonDak Heritage Center. Season tickets: Adults- $50, Senior (60+)- $45, Students- $35, and Family- $100. At the door, tickets are: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+) and $10 for students.  

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Events & Exhibits

Find out what’s happening at the MonDak Heritage Center and learn about our permanent and rotating art exhibits, and the MonDak Pioneer Town.


Our education programs designed for children ages 1 year – 5th grade are a great way to expose your children to art and history, and fun too!


If you are looking for information about the history of the MonDak region and the people who called it home, you have come to the right place.