The goal of our library - museum alliance is to develop a living museum that
takes a leadership role in the education of lifelong learners and develops model
programs of cooperation that emphasize using technology, enhancing education and
serving local and notional community needs.
A living museum:
- Provides residents of Libby and Lincoln County with a visual and
interactive reminder of their heritage.
- Furnishes a source of information regionally, nationally and globally.
- Maintains archives in a stable and safe environment.
- Portrays the various themes of the community's past.
During the project period and beyond, the library - museum alliance will:
- Create accessible archives of indexed, cataloged, and preserved
- Build and maintain an electronic network to disseminate this
- Establish connections and relationships with local libraries to help
disseminate the information contained in the libraries and the museum.
- Maintain a staff and schedule allowing for expanded Museum archives use.
- Expand and restore existing Museum displays and artifacts to provide the
public with visuals working' historical information dissemination.
- The museum will inventory, catalog, and index its entire collection.
- The museum will utilize archival-safe materials for collection
stabilization, preservation, and integrity.
- The museum will designate a space at the facility structure as a
repository for significant historical material.
- The Libby School District Libraries will develop and facilitate the use
of traveling educational exhibits of our early history, and with its
partners heap develop a "Museum Resource Guide" listing available speakers,
museum activities, and other local activities.
- The Lincoln County Libraries will develop a web site and connecting
links from the museum and library resources to the community, schools, and
- The Lincoln County Libraries will tie its existing historical and
geneological projects to the Museum's programs.
- The Museum and the Libby High School Montana Heritage Project will
restore and expand existing museum displays.
This project will address the national problem of inventory and preservation
of museum materials in rural communities that are a part of our natural
heritage. Of particular concern are areas of Native American presence, early
homesteading, mining, and logging. This project will demonstrate how to build
additional 'hands-on' - 'working' living exhibits for use in the Museum and