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WANTED: Executive Director

The MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT, is seeking a highly motivated, creative person to serve as Executive Director with general responsibilities that include developing and managing performing arts, educational, historical, cultural and art programming; public relations; managing collections and the facility; administering finances; fundraising; and developing and directing a team of staff and volunteers.

The position requires a four year college degree and two years of relevant experience or at least five years of commensurate relevant experience. Excellent competitive salary and benefit package.

For complete details and application instructions contact mdhcjobapplicant@gmail.com or download here.

Reports to: Board Of Directors and Richland County Commissioners

Application screening will begin July 1, 2016.

Richland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Printing Making Exchange: Oil and Water Art Show

6-swenson_thepromiseofsuccessandthepromiseofdestructionOil and Water traveling art show, brought to the MonDak by the North Dakota Art Gallery Directors Association and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. Oil and Water: concerning the use or misuse of our natural resources.  Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking.  The portfolio was first exhibited at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota from April 6th through May 12th.  A print exchange took place on April 6th, where students exchanged portfolio prints and presented their work to the public.  The project was coordinated by Heidi Goldberg, Kent Kapplinger, and John Volk.

Clint Whitmer- Oil Production Photography

original.pngClint Whitmer will have oil production photography on exhibit at the MonDak starting June 7th and running through August 27th. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 1 pm to 4 pm.

Courage Enough Has Been Reprinted !!

medium front cover                   Courage Enough II has arrived! Hot off the presses is the reprinted edition of Courage Enough II 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 coming soon! 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

MT Shakespeare in the Parks: Richard III

shakespeare20152Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is back in Sidney on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6pm. The presentation will take place in Veteran's Memorial Park and is free and open to the public. This year's performance will be Richard III. The rain site will be at Sidney High School. Brought to you by Best Western Golden Prairie Inn, Blue Rock Distributing and Footers, as well as MonDak donors and members.

Music at the MonDak: Joey Leone

Joey LeoneJoin us at the MonDak Heritage Center for Joey Leone in concert! FREE and open to the public, Tuesday, July 19th at 7pm. Joey Leone is a master guitar player from Woodstock Vermont. Joey was named one of the top 100 guitar players in America by Guitar Player Magazine. He mixes new and old music, and crosses several genres (classic country, motown, rock & roll). He also is very engaging with short stories about being the guitar player for several famous acts like Etta James, Bruce Willis...deer hunting with Steve Perry from Aerosmith, and fly fishing with Blues Traveler.

Monica Tininenko Night Life Photography Exhibit

indexNight Life, a photography exhibit by Monica Tininenko, will be on display at the MonDak Heritage Center September 1 through October 1, 2016. The museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 1pm to 4pm. Monica Tininenko Artist Statement: Art is something to everyone.  Art is a way for me to relax, to learn, to express, and to concentrate.  The process of creating art is as important as the final product. Photography is my most common way of capturing things I feel are important to share and how I express my love of life.  The fact that there are so many photographers today can be discouraging to a beginning artist, but that hasn’t stopped me from creating images and sharing them with whoever is willing to look. It can take a great deal of courage to share one’s work with the world, but once you start, it can be hard to stop!

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 September 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.

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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.