The Founders Day activities at St Mary's Mission in Stevensville starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 24. There is no admission charge to the general activities. Tours of the historic buildings will be available at a reduced rate.

The ambitious schedule includes a re-enactment of missionaries meeting with Native Americans 175 years ago, remarks by a number of dignitaries, interactive demonstrations, tours of the grounds and historic buildings and more.

Director Colleen Meyer said the ringing of St Mary's Chapel Bell will officially start the day at 10 a.m. Invocation by Bishop George Leo Thomas, Diocese of Helena.

The Flag ceremony will be with the Salish Tribe, the Stevensville FFA Chapter and American Legion Fort Owen Post #94.

Steve Lozar will conduct the Salish Smudge Ceremony, followed by a re-enactment of the Salish welcoming the Blackrobe Missionaries.

The morning presentations will then include Salish comments, Montana Historical Society comments from Director Bruce Whittenberg and guest speakers.

Lunch is available starting at 12 noon. Other refreshments will also be available.

From 12 noon until 3 p.m. there will be Salish drummers and dancers, a mountain man encampment, a flint knapping demonstration, flax spinning, branding demonstration, Salish beading, birds from Raptors of the Rockies, demonstrations from the Stevensville Ranger District and from the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information check out the schedule at the St Mary's Mission website.

Close-up of Father Ravalli's grave marker. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)