Welcome to the Official Site of the:

      Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers 


Big Sky Country!                                           

Greetings from the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers                

A Short Introduction of our Historical Beginning
click on the title above for the intro

We hope to make this a public stopping place for our members and all interested people. Events, meetings, and news stories concerning the Sons and Daughters can be found here, along with other information of historical significance, a link to our quarterly newsletter -- The Pick and Shovel, application forms to join the Sons and Daughters, the new Pioneer Heritage Book, and information about our board of directors. We hope you benefit from our website and accept our invitation to enjoy the history of the great State of Montana -

Feel free to drop a line and let us know what you would like to see here. Michael (Cowboy) Russell is your Webmaster here, and if any of you have historical pictures to incorporate on this site, please send them. If you email Mike, he will send you a mailing address. His email is located at the logo below.

This picture was taken in Helena in 1892, when the first
chapter of Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers was
founded during a meeting of the Society of Montana Pioneers

The first group assembled on the steps of the county
courthouse with the founders, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
standing left third row, and Mrs. P. B. Clarke, who stands
next to her.

Seated in the first row, left to right, are
Will Curtiss, Albert Loeb and Lewis Penwell; second row,
Charles Dahler, Ada Deegan, Mae Curtiss Cone, unidentified,
Dr. Charles Reinig, Gertie Hickman Thompson, Frances
Jurgens Toby, Theodore E. Kleinschmidt, Marie
Kleinschmidt Southworth, Alma Sanford,
Frances Esker Woodman, Bessie M. Whitcomb,
a Merrill boy, Jacob Lissner, Bessie Kirdendall,
Mrs. P. B. Sanford, Edward Horsky, Dr. Ben Brooke,
a Merrill boy, unidentified, Toby Hedges, and unidentified.

Third row, standing left to right, Mrs. T. H. Kleinschmidt,
Mrs. P. B. Clarke, Tot Millegan, unidentified,
Albert Quirk Dygert, Reta Clarke Hauser,
Kady Kirkendall Shepard, Nona N. Brown, a Stewart,
Nettie Redding Little and Mary L. Burns.

Last row, Aurile Keeler, Charles English, unidentified,
a Merrill boy and the last man is unidentified.

AUGUST  16/17, 2024
Pollard Hotel
406 446-0001

Other in town hotels will be listed here soon, but you can find them now on our Facebook Page,
See Link below

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Hali Richmod, a third and fourth grade teacher at Sunburst Elementary School in her hometown of Sunburst, Montana, is the Centennial Bell Montana History Teacher of the Year.  Richmond received her education degree from the University of Montrana and is working on her master's degree there.  Her first teaching positions were in one-room schoolhouses in Sunset School near Missoula and Galata School near Shelby, teaching every subject and grade level, including history. In 2022, Richmond became part of the Montana Historical Society's Teacher Leader Program, which enlists educators to help improve social studies education across the state. Richmond uses the MTHS fourth-grade curriculum to teach Montana history as well as her own lesson plans. In his nomination letter for Richmond, Sunburst School Elementary Principal Dan Nau, said Richmond epitomizes what every person desires in a great teacher.  "She is pasionate, energetic, positive, organized and has high expectations for her students," Nau wrote. "Mrs Richmond is an excellent educator, and we are extremely happy to have her as an employee at Sunburst Schools.  "Fourth-grade student Bree Chilton nominated Richmond for sharing information about the different tribal nations and reservations in Montana, and the way she treats her students.  "I am Chippewa, and she let me teach some Chippewa words," Chilton wrote, "Mrs Richmond is a most worthy history teacher of the year because I care about her, and she cares about her students.  Richmond will receive $6,250 from event sponsors, Montana Television Network, The Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers (SDMP), the History of Montana Foundation, and The 1889 Coffeehouse of Helena. The money may be used for classroom materials, guest speakers, field trips, and anything else that enhances student learning. For writing the winning nomination letter, Chilton will receive 100 Sacagawea dollars from Judge Judy Wohlfrom of California, a member of the SDMP. Each student will also receive 5 gold Sacagawea dollars from SDMP President Mike Collins and his wife. Other sponsors are The Montana Historical Society.  The History Teacher of the Year is part of the 34th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award.

PICTURES ARE LtoR Halli Richmond, Halli, Bree Chilton, Mike Collins, Hali and her family


Links to Applications and information

in order to read the Pick and Shovel you must have Adobe PDF Reader, click here to download it.  Its free and easy




Membership Application

Membership Dues Link and Contact information updates

Board Members 2024 - 2026

Sale Page

New SDMTP Beginning

            We are now making available video's and slide show presentations that were made during the 1942 thru 1963 Conventions, slide show DVD's range from 1965 thru 1973, also, Video's of 1987, 2000, 2001, TV coverage of 2001 Book Signing and 2010 video titled "Montana Poor Farm".

If you are interested in purchasing any of these please email us using the link above or below

If you have inquiries about your ancestry, please email us with your questions and we will get them answered that way.

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This page copyrighted 2-98 - 2023
by Michael Russell..aka Cowboy

Page updated AUGUST 9, 2023

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