GREAT FALLS- The C.M. Russell Museum received a grant on Wednesday to help keep a Russell tradition alive.

U.S. Bank awarded the Museum a grant to help pay for the 5th Grade Essay Contest.

Since 1970, 5th graders from all over Cascade County visit the museum for a tour in preparation for the contest.

Then on March 1st, the winners of the contest are named and they read their essay to event attendees.

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The grant will help with the cost of bus transportation for the schools and other costs associated with the program.

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