Prairie County Museum and Evelyn Cameron Gallery

297
https://www.ultimatemontana.com/media/com_jbusinessdirectory/pictures/companies/81/cropped-1586288946.png
Prairie County Museum and Evelyn Cameron Gallery
Open

Map Location

Categories:
Things to SeeMuseums
Keywords:
General info

The museum was founded in 1975 and now includes the 1906 Bank of Terry building, the only steam-heated outhouse west of the Mississippi, a pioneer homestead, a Burlington Northern train depot, and the Cameron Gallery.

In the late 1800s, those living along the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana were likely to encounter a woman lugging a large format camera. She carried her 5x7 Graflex camera everywhere and, after nearly 30 years of taking photographs, she had amassed an incredible archive of life on the frontier.

An English couple, Ewen and Evelyn Cameron were among the earliest to settle near Terry. Evelyn was a child of the London aristocracy. Ewen's dream was to raise polo ponies and ship them to Europe. When most of his first shipment of horses died, the Camerons, broke, had to struggle to survive. Evelyn was forced to take in borders, selling vegetables from her garden, and cook for roundup crews to make ends meet. She purchased a mail-order camera and taught herself photography. She photographed everything and everyone around her.

Cowboys, sheepherders, frontier families, people working, riverboats, weddings, wildlife, and landscapes. Farmers and their wives all going about their daily activities were her subjects.

In addition to her photographs, Lady Cameron also kept copious notes to detail her photos and life in Terry. Her legacy offers a rare glimpse into that era. While many photographs exist of that time and place, Cameron’s work is unique because she took so many photos and because they are such good photos — sharp, clear, and well-composed. Cameron’s work is on display at the Cameron Gallery in Terry. Her photos and memoirs have also been compiled in a book, Photographing Montana 1984-1920: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron.

The gallery is part of the Prairie County Museum. The main museum is housed in the old State Bank of Terry, an architectural gem built in 1916 with marble floors, intricate woodwork, and leaded glass.

GMT -11:00
Opening hours
Monday
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tuesday
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wednesday
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thursday
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Friday
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Saturday
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Sunday
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Memorial Day to Labor Day. By appointment anytime

About Us

Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive information site for the state of Montana. We welcome public input and comments.

Contact

1627 W. Main #447
Bozeman, MT 59715

Contact Us

Created with love by New Times Media Corporation

We're New Times Media - a friendly and fun group of people. At New Times Media we love to share anything and everything we know about the great state of Montana, so we created this site to make learning about our state as easy as possible. Our site is free to use and has the simplest possible user interface.

Privacy policy:

We use Google Analytics for site usage analytics. Your IP address is saved on our web server, but it's not associated with any personally identifiable information. We want you to enjoy and benefit from our site without worrying about who is tracking you (OK, so Google might track you, but that’s not us!)

Terms of service: the legal stuff

By using our site you agree to our Terms of service. TLDR: You don't need an account to use our site. Our site is free of charge and you can use it as much as you want. You need an account if you wish to list your business or control your business information. You can't do illegal or shady things with a business listing on our site. We may block your access to your page(s), if we find out you're doing something bad. Share anything you see, but don’t use our stuff for your own use without permission from us. We’re not liable for your actions and we offer no warranty. We may revise our terms at any time.