May 4, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Addrien Marx
Too long. Inactivity, winter cold, and long hours of darkness have supplied many days of "hibernation" for the barn. Too long. The barn has stood seemingly abandoned and forgotten. But as with other lives that sleep through the freeze of winter, hibernation ends with an awakening of new life - a transformation.
Soon the sounds of equipment and activity will surround the barn as clean up, septic lines and fencing begin to take form. The "barn board" has raised enough funds this past winter to allow work to be done on the exterior - in hopes that the future will open new doors and means for funding for completion of the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center.
Thanks to the much appreciated donations of individuals, the site will be improved and basic utility needs will begin to be addressed. The "barn board" would like to give a sincere and much appreciated thank you to those who generously provided a donation. Thank you Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg for supporting this project and offering advice and guidance for its future well being. Thank you David Lipson of the Paws Up Foundation for your generous support. Welcome to our neighborhood! Thank you to Ron Talcott for reading Pathfinder articles and finding them inspirational enough to volunteer a donation. Thank you Dave Stewart for helping our project along. And thank you E Bar L Ranch for coming to our aid and helping to create a better community!
These individuals do more than is required. They foster a sense of community in which success and hope for a better tomorrow is an achievable goal. When the activity begins around the barn and the warmth of a summer sun dulls the memory of winter's inactivity - perhaps it's not - too long.