Roadshow raises
$2,000 for museum

Local and area authors, from left: Howard Copenhaver of Ovando, Bud Moore of Condon, Stan Lynde of Helena, and Rod Kvamme of Seeley Lake.

Melodrama from the Gunslingers of the Bitterroots.

Jack Copps, Seeley Lake, with one of his cameras from his antique collection.

Paul and Cindy Torok in costume.

 September 28, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

A lot of people gathered up antiques from around the house, or up in the attic, and took them to the Seeley Lake Roadshow of Antiques & History, for an appraisal last weekend.

Held in the historic 'Olde Town' at Montana Pines Hideaway, antique appraisals was just one part of a busy, two-day gathering by history buffs and spectators.

It was all a benefit for the Seeley Lake Historical Society, which will use the $2,000 raised at the event to fund exhibits for the new Barn Museum south of town.

"The antique appraisals was one of the biggest hits," said Cindy Torok, president of the local historical society.

Appraisers John Kimble, Tim Gordon and Donald Baughman were kept busy Saturday afternoon appraising between 150 and 200 items. Each item appraised raised $5 for the society.

"The appraisers were pleased," Torok said, "There were a lot of nice things with some appraisals $4,000 to $5,000, and no junk."

Also popular were book signings by area authors, Bud Moore, Mildren Chaffin, Howard Copenhaver, and Rod Kvamme, as well as national cartoonist and novelist Stan Lynde.

There were skits by the Bitterroot Old West Gunslingers, live history displays, antique collections, and music by the Generations Fiddlers of Bigfork.

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