September 24, 2016, is the 175th anniversary of the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in the Stevensville area. Native Americans had traveled to St. Louis to request the "Blackrobes" to come to their homeland. The meeting led to the establishment of St. Mary's Mission, Fort Owen and Stevensville, Montana.

This year, the town has planned a full day of activities, a re-enactment and participation from the Salish-Kootenai.

Leading up the celebration, the North Valley Public Library is inviting area students to write essays about the historic event.

There will be prizes for every entry with a first place prize in three age categories:
Age 11 and under, Age 12 to 14, and Age 15 to 18.

Essays should only be one or two pages long. The topic: The founding of Stevensville and inclusion of at least two of the people involved.

The library has information about Stevensville's history in their Montana Room.

For more information on the contest call Mary at 777-5061. The deadline for entries is September 24. Include your full name, age and contact information.