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05-12-2017

MONTANA MILITARY MUSEUM
P.O. BOX 125
FORT HARRISON, MONTANA 59636-0125
WWW.MONTANAMILITARYMUSEUM.ORG


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2017

20TH ANNUAL MONTANA MILITARY MUSEUM WINE FAIR 2017:
NEW LOCATION / DEDICATED TO EDUCATING ABOUT MONTANA'S MILITARY HERITAGE

BY THE 2017 WINE FAIR COMMITTEE

Helena--The Montana Military Museum's 20th annual Wine Fair 2017 is Friday, May 12th, from 6:30-10:00 p.m., at the Gateway Center, 1710 National Avenue in Helena. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION!!

This is the annual fundraiser for the non-profit Montana Military Museum, located on Fort Harrison, 5 miles west of Helena. Our volunteer committee members are donning their work gloves in anticipation of a banner year.

Your evening will include more than 80 fine wines from Gusto Distributing, hors d'oeuvres from Van's Thriftway, live music by Jack Berry, potted flowers for purchase from Valley Farms, sodas and Nestle Pure Life water from Harrington Pepsi, several Montana micro-brews, a strawberry and chocolate tower, a Wheel Barrel of Wine for auction, a Wine Wall of mystery bottles for $10 each, a wonderful silent auction, and a military heritage display.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket outlets include Opportunity Bank (1400 Prospect), the Pan Handler (40 S. Last Chance Gulch), Leslie's Hallmark Stores (1609 11th and 3321 N. MT Ave.), First Security Bank (1721 11th Ave), Staggering Ox (Lundy Center, Euclid), and the Montana Military Museum (Fort Harrison). All the Committee members have tickets available. Wine tasting tokens for the evening are $1 each.

For further information call 235-0290 / 458-9847 / 324-3550.

The Montana Military Museum continues its progress. As the Museum enters its 32nd year, the volunteers are focused on the next phase of expansion efforts, which began in 2007. With the construction of the new exhibits now complete, the Museum is rehabilitating the historic 1930s/40s Fort Harrison Medical Dispensary. This wonderful facility will house parts of the growing collection of military artifacts, an advanced military research library and the museum workshop.

Recently completed exhibits highlight Montana's post World War II Military Heritage. The storylines include Operation Ruptured Duck, Post-World War II Reconstitution of Montana's Military, the many causes and effects of the Cold War, Montana's participation in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Brush Fire Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall which signaled the end of the Cold War, and Montana's participation in Desert Shield/Desert Storm in early 1990-91.

From these events the Museum continues to receive artifacts and stories which reflect Montana's historic world-wide military service. Donations of Montana military related items, including oral histories, are appreciated.

The storyline continues with Montana's experience with Peacekeeping throughout the World and the transformation of the Montana National Guard from a strategic reserve to a fully operational reserve force. The storyline continues with Montana's participation in world-wide operations such as Southern Watch and post 9/11 operations in the Global War on Terrorism, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation New Dawn.

The Montana Military Museum is open each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. We welcome all volunteers.

For more information about the 2017 Wine fair and tickets, or about the Montana Military Museum, please call 406-324-3550 / 406-235-0290 / 406-458-9847. Email: info@montanamilitarymuseum.org

  
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