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United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

August 02, 2018
Submitted by Janey Eudaily
Lay Member, Dillon Grace United Methodist Church, Dillon, Montana


Bannack, Montana, founded in 1862, was the first territorial capital of Montana. Now, visitors come from near and far to celebrate Bannack Days, an event by Montana State Parks featuring tours, demonstrations, music, and more. 

One of the events during the 1860s-themed weekend in July is an "old-time" church service on Sunday. The service takes place in a wooden church built by Brother Van Orsdel in 1870 in Bannack. The offering from this service benefits Intermountain Children's Home, a United Methodist-related non-profit in Helena, Montana. Intermountain, founded by Brother Van Orsdel in 1909, recieved $468 from the two services this year.

Another well-attended event of Bannack Days is the bake sale. Pictured above are Edna Montgomery, Tennie Beitler, and Marie Hamilton offering up their "famous" United Methodist rhubarb pies, shortbread, and other baked goods.

To learn more about Bannack Days, visit bannack.org