Historic Preservation

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Historic Helena Summer Walking Tours(PDF, 165KB)

Historic Preservation Awards

Our annual awards will be held on Monday, October 30 at 5pm in the atrium of Farmers State Bank located at 2125 N. Last Chance Gulch in Helena.

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Lewis & Clark Co. Historical Society

Established in 1989 by Jerry Metcalf, Harriett Meloy, Jean Weeks, Lynn Moon, Kathy Macefield, Dennis McCahon, Dick Wall, and others, LCCHS has maintained a History Center in Downtown Helena since 2007.  The History Center is currently located at US Bank, 302 N. Last Chance Gulch office. The bank's interior is the perfect backdrop for history, with its original Shorty Shope murals and the Broadwater Hotel's "Boy with the Leaky Boot" fountain, ca. 1889. LCCHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and its goal is to establish a permanent local history center in Helena.

Mission Statement:

To preserve elements of the history and prehistory of Lewis & Clark Co., MT, through the proper retention and preservation of artifacts, papers, stories, information, places and images and to employ these elements in a way that illustrates, informs, instructs and delights the people of Lewis & Clark Co. and elsewhere, Furthermore, the Society exists to support, assist and promote the furtherance of other groups appropriately dedicated to a like cause so it may lend its name, its energy and its assembled abilities thereto.

“Boy with The Leaky Boot” fountain from the Broadwater Hotel grounds. Click image to enlarge.

“Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium” Shorty Shope mural. Click image to enlarge.


“Communication” Shorty Shope mural U.S. Bank interior Helena. Click image to enlarge.


Here is your Internet Travel Information Guide for Helena and Lewis & Clark County. It is in PDF form to print on 2 pages or one page both sides.

2 Page Brochure(PDF, 1MB)

Page 1 of the 2 Page Brochure(PDF, 1MB)

Page 2 of the 2 Page Brochure(PDF, 659KB)

Old and New Courthouses - 1887
Old and New Courthouses - 1887

Historic Preservation Awards

Historic Preservation Award Nomination Form(PDF, 306KB)

Historic Preservation Award Nomination Form Instructions

1890 Trolley Mapi

Photo of Entry, Montana Club, Helena
Entry, Montana Club, Helena

Plans for Local Transportation and Industrial Museum

The Helena/Lewis & Clark County Historic Preservation Commission is planning the development of a local museum featuring transportation and industrial themes. This would include the restoration and display of equipment and machinery relating to area agriculture, mining, & automotive themes.

This Exciting Streetcar Restoration Is Nearing Completion.

Helena Trolley Car # 3 Restoration and Interactive Learning Object

Ward Ranch BLM Cooperative Projects

The Helena / Lewis & Clark County Historic Preservation Commission is assisting the Bureau of Land Management collect and preserve the history and historic resources on this historic ranch located on the Missouri River south of York.

Want To Support or Participate in Local History Projects?

Join the Lewis & Clark County Historical Society
P. O. Box 1864
Helena, MT 59624