Through the Museum of the Beartooths, the Stillwater Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and share the rich history, art, and culture of the Stillwater County area.
The Stillwater Historical Society was formed in 1974 by a small group of individuals. Without a central location, valuable artifacts and archives were stored in various places around the County.
A few years passed, and a warehouse and mobile home became available that was thought to be an ideal location. However, the need for a better, larger facility soon became apparent. Ultimately, land near the County Fairgrounds was leased from Stillwater County. On October 3, 1990, the ground was broken, marking the beginning of the Museum of the Beartooths. Volunteers offered enormous amounts of time to form a functional facility that would provide community access to the history of the County. In 1993, the Museum of the Beartooths opened its doors.
Progress since the Museum’s opening has been phenomenal. Numerous middle and high school students have worked with the museum to do a driving tour brochure, book, and teaching trunk all on the Crow Tribes influence on Stillwater County. Along with general visitors, many schools tour the museum annually.
Currently, the museum is staffed with one full-time director and four seasonal part-time employees that handle the management of the museum.