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Thursday, October 1, 6:30–8:00 p.m.  Celebrate the 104th anniversary of aviator Cromwell Dixon’s historic first flight over the Continental Divide near Helena. Dixon was only 19 years old when he took off from the Helena Fairgrounds on September 30, 1911, on the flight that many thought impossible. Ten-year-old Jeriah Bye of Spokane, will present a free public program on a three-quarters-scale replica of Dixon’s plane that he is building to honor his hero. After Bye’s presentation, Bob Ohnstad, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Clancy, will give a brief overview of Dixon’s life and a detailed look at the eight historic days he spent in Helena.

Thursday, October 8, 6:30- 8:00 p.m. Filmmaker John Wheeler will be on hand to show and discuss his 1972 award-winning promotional film, Helena, City of  Gold. Catch a glimpse of what the capital city was like on the eve of Urban Renewal and learn what made this film so notable to viewers at the time.

Saturday, October 10, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Second Saturday at MHS.  Sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union, Second Saturday features free admission all day long and drawings for door prizes. Free admission is also offered at the Original Governor’s Mansion, 304 N Ewing, where tours begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

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(406) 444-2694
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P.O. Box 201201
225 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59620

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