1. Archive Project

    Help fund the YHC's efforts to organize, preserve, protect, and digitize the collections of photos, documents, and oral histories in the archives.
    $300.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal

In 2018, the Yellowstone Historic Center welcomed 20,743 visitors to the Museum. The Museum introduced two brand-new exhibits and one newly-completed exhibit. Through objects, photographs, videos, and text, the Museum was able to tell visitors about the evolution of Yellowstone National Park since 1872 and the development of West Yellowstone since 1908.

With funding from grants, the YHC made much-needed improvements to the 1909 Depot and the 1925 Dining Lodge. From the Tourism Grant Program of Montana, the YHC received $6,150 and was able to refinish the original hardwood floor in the east wing of the Depot. From the Union Pacific Foundation, the YHC received $10,000 which was used to replace windows in the Dining Lodge. Thanks to grants like these as well as donors, members, visitors, supports, and volunteers, the YHC has been able to carry out its mission to preserve and interpret the unique cultural heritage of West Yellowstone and the surrounding area.

One of our biggest goals moving forward is to bring our preservation and interpretation efforts to modern standards. Digitization of our archives will ensure long-term preservation of the materials and will open them up to new audiences across the country and around the world. There are countless photos, documents, and audio recordings in YHC’s care that are seldom seen or heard. As we continue through the holiday season, which exemplifies the spirit of generosity, we are asking you to consider making a donation to the YHC’s Archive Project. All donations made to the Archive Project will go towards costs involved in the digitization, preservation, and protection of the YHC’s Collections. Our ambitious goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the year. To make a donation, use the “Donate” button above to pay via Paypal. Or mail a check to: Yellowstone Historic Center, PO Box 1299, West Yellowstone MT 59758. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.
YHC is a 501(c)3 not-for- profit organization, so all or part of your cash or in-kind donation may be tax deductible, depending on the purpose and type of your donation.

Kay Eagle provided an oral history interview in 1981. She spent her summers in college working as a waitress, or “Beanery Queen,” at the Union Pacific Dining Lodge. Listen to this snippet in which she describes the Dining Lodge.