Montana State Society History Tidbits
* The Montana State Society was organized in 1894, five years after Montana achieved statehood.
* The National Board appointed Mary Wasson the State Regent on May 9, 1894. Mrs. Jennie Tallant of Butte was to serve as organizing regent for a chapter in Butte.
* The first state-wide project of the MSSDAR was the preservation and restoration of one of the oldest buildings in Montana, a block house at old Fort Benton.
* The first Montana State Conference was held in Butte on December 17, 1904, at the home of the State Regent, Mrs. Tallant.
* At the 16th State Conference, a scholarship program was established in Montana which continues today.
* It was the 21st State Conference before the State Society entertained a President General.
* Mrs. Rasmusson, State Regent 1927-1928, purchased the first pin to “travel” with each State Regent and then on to the incoming Regent. The current “traveling pin” was purchased during the first administration of Mrs. Iverna Huntsman, 2002-2004.
* The State Society has 11 chapters with approximately 550 members. We strive to continue to reach the goals and ideals that the founding Daughters set forth.
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