Montana/Dakotas

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A New Display – Front and Center at the State Office

photo and story by Terina Mullen
Public Affairs Specialist (Detail)
Montana State Office

 Billings Curation Center information in lobby display

The new display area in the entrance of the Montana State Office features the work done by the Billings curation Center.  Every few months the display will change as other Montana/Dakotas BLM offices are invited to showcase their own projects, events, program areas, and resources. 
Those entering the Montana/Dakotas State Office through the front doors will notice a new look and improved function. The space was designed and developed by Jack Conner, a supervisory property management specialist at the state office. 
 
A new display area, located just inside the front doors to the building, highlights the work of the Billings Curation Center (BCC). David Wade, a museum curator at the BCC put together the current display, “Clovis to Custer at the Billings Curation Center.” Featured in the display are photographs and artifacts from six sites across Montana, from the northern Bootlegger Trail site in Toole County to the Iron Site in the southeastern corner of the state.
 
Jack is working on a plan in which the informational display would rotate on a quarterly basis.  The various BLM districts and/or field offices would be given the chance to fill the display area with informational materials showcasing their projects, events, resources, or program areas. Look for exciting new displays every few months.
 
Further inside, one will immediately notice the new “welcome” sign and the new wall art. Beautiful photographs of BLM landscapes adorn the walls.  Additionally, two new mini-conference rooms to the right provide a sunny spot to chat, have a quick meeting with a member of the public, or eat lunch.
 
Many thanks to those involved in making the front area of the state office so functional and pleasing to the eye!