HELENA – It’s time for another Second Saturday at the Montana Historical Society: where admission is free to the museum and the Original Governor’s Mansion for the day.

This weekend will highlight the ongoing remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I. At the museum, Historical Specialist Martha Kohl will give a talk on Saturday about some of the surprising facts she learned while putting together the centennial commemoration website project.

At the mansion, there will be a new tour and activities that highlight events surrounding the war, as well. Kohl says whether you come for the history or you come for the activities, there are many new things to see and learn.

“A lot of people who come, who haven’t been here since they were a kid, they’re surprised by our new exhibits, they’re surprised by the fact that we have a hands-on interactive gallery, where kids can play in the kitchen and a shoe store, ride a horse, they can crawl into a wolf den, so they’re surprised at some of the changes that have been made over the years,” said Kohl. “I go through the galleries a lot and there’s always something new.”

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Kohl says now is also a good time to check out the special exhibit “Montana’s Hunting Heritage” in the Northeast Gallery, since it will be taken down soon and replaced with an exhibit highlighting Montana in World War I.

Second Saturday at the Montana Historical Society is this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tours for the Original Governor’s Mansion, located at 304 N. Ewing, begin on the hour at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union.

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