FAther Anthony Ravalli, the Jesuit priest who helped establish St Mary's Mission and spent much of his life in the Bitterroot Valley was born May 16, 1812 in Ferrara, Italy. He came to the valley in 1845 and was Montana's first physician and pharmacist. He was an architect, an artist and sculptor.

The county is named after Father Ravalli and he is buried in the St Mary's Mission cemetery in Stevensville.

Wednesday, the St Mary's Visitor Center will be celebrating his birth with a birthday cake, served from 11am to 4pm.

A new exhibit will be unveiled in the Museum, and there is a new book available in the Gift Shop.

A wreath will be place Fr. Ravalli's gravesite at 12 noon Wednesday.

St Mary's Mission and grounds are now in their summer season hours until October 15. The Tour Hours: 10:00 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Group tours are also available.