HELENA — The Montana Historical Society has created the Centennial Farm and Ranch Program at the direction of the Legislature to identify and honor the families that have kept a farm or ranch for 100 years or more.
To qualify for centennial recognition, a farm or ranch must have been passed down through spouses, children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or adopted children in a continuous sequence of ownership. At least one current owner must be a Montana resident.
“It is becoming less and less common for a large agricultural property to stay in the same family for one century or more,” said Richard Sims the society’s director.
“Factors like marketplace economics, agribusiness, and other necessary employment opportunities mitigate against holding on to the land your great-great grandparents settled.
A $60 fee covers the cost of processing applications, and the Society Research Center will provide technical assistance to those who need it. The form is detailed and includes questions about the history of the farm or ranch and the people who lived on it.
The Research Center will place the information in the Society Archives and eventually on the Society’s Web site.
For information or to apply, contact Boughton at 406-444-1687 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.