HMFM & RMMMH


3/16/22 VSP Meeting Minutes

SPEAKER: Robert “Bobby” McDonald joined us from the VFW in Anaheim, CA Bobby (714) 719-9789, ibdmac13@aol.com

WEB: https://www.ironriders2022.org/

  • Bobby is the Chair for Minority Vets of Orange County – his father & uncle were Buffalo Soldiers!

  • He discussed the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corp (IRON RIDERS or BUFFALO SOLDIERS) Quasquicentennial (125th Anniversary) Commemoration. Legionnaires tribute to the Iron Riders (great video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1hc9cpQi0

  • Bobby’s been working w/Emily at Destination Missoula to create the schedule of events 6/14 – 6/19: https://www.ironriders2022.org/schedule-of-events

  • The cyclists will be on the Iron Riders route 6/14-17, then stay around Missoula for the Juneteenth events at Fort Missoula. Bobby’s inviting service providers, vendors, etc. to table any or all days (free – no sign up required / open to the public). You’re also invited to go to the Paddleheads game OR get a team together for the “Tribute to Iron Riders” golf tourney Wed, 6/15 at Larchmont (VSN Leadership discussed having a team and joining for our June meeting).

  • If you know anyone coming to town, the room rate is good until 5/6 (use the “Iron Riders” block). It’s also during the Army’s birthday and the American Legion State Convention (Hilton 6/15-19), so Missoula will be BUSY!!!

  • American Legion story – flipbook: https://issuu.com/williambyers/docs/american_legion_buffalo_soldiers_iron_riders

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (HMFM)

3400 Captain Rawn Way

HOURS: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday - 12pm – 5pm

Labor Day to Memorial Day: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm (Closed Monday)

Questions: (406) 728-3476, fortmissoula@missoulacounty.us

Carolyn Thompson - Assistant Director of HMFM (406) 258-3478, cthompson@missoulacounty.us

Matt Lautzenheiser, Executive Director (406) 258-3471, mlautzenheiser@missoulacounty.us

Northern Rockies Heritage Center, Heritage Hall

3255 Fort Missoula Rd

Event Calendar  http://nrhc.org/calendar/cal.html

(406) 396-4750, info@nrhc.org

Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History (RMMMH)

2975 General Foster Ave. (Building T-316), Fort Missoula

Museum exhibits on War of 1812, Frontier era, Civil War, Imperial Age, World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Mideast conflicts, Montanans in battle, and Civilian Conservation Corps.

Summer Hours (6/1 – 9/6): Open 7 days a week, 12 – 5pm

Fall & Spring Hours (Sept – Dec & April - June): Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 5pm

Questions: Tate Jones – Director, RMMMH (406) 239-7738, militarymuseu45@hotmail.com