Southwestern pottery from the past and the present is on display in the main exhibit hall of the Ravalli County Museum. The creations are from the private collection of Dr. L. Strate and some include ancient symbolism in unique designs. As part of the exhibit at the Hamilton museum, a pottery glazing workshop is planned for October 24 at 6 p.m. The museum is at the corner of South 3rd and Bedford in Hamilton.

In addition to the many examples in display cases, there is also an historic Stereo Viewer available for use, with scenes from Southwest history. A Stereo Viewer includes a wooden handle and stereoscopic pictures. (see photos below) The pictures can be moved horizontally in order to focus them. These devices became popular in the middle of the 19th century. The museum staff is also getting ready for a busy fall season with McIntosh Apple Day October 5 and Museum Ghost Tours later in October. For more information, check their website.

Stereo Viewer and stereo photo card at Ravalli County Museum. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)
A stereo photo card example. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)