Summer 2017 Season!

We’re excited to announce our re-opening for the Summer 2017 Season!

The Clark Chateau’s summer season will begin on Friday May 5th, 5:00pm to 9:00pm for Uptown Art Walk, then Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm. This will mark the opening of our new permanent exhibit, “Ring Down the Drop: The Arts & Cultural History of Butte,” and our May/June gallery exhibit, “100 Years: A Community Art Show.” After that, we will be open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm through the end of October. 

We will be offering one guided tour per day starting at 1:00pm, led by the knowledgeable and multitalented Frankee Angel. However, she may appear in a different form, depending on the day. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also call ahead (406-565-5600) to reserve a spot on the tour.

The Chateau has seen incredible growth this year, doubling our visitorship during the off-season with more events, activities, classes and rentals. Now our summer schedule is full up with more fundraising events, guests from our Speaker Series, performances from The Ballroom Players play development series, and more. Click the link below to download our full schedule:

Summer 2017 Schedule

Happenings at the Chateau: September 30, 2016

Happening Tonight!


Youth Open Mic, organized by the 2016 Summer Interns!


This event is free and open to the public.  In addition to the Open Mic, the youth internship exhibition will be up and available to view one last time.  Come and celebrate these incredible young minds tonight.

2016 Intern Presentations Poster

Upcoming happenings:


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be up through October 15 and is featured for the October Art Walk.  If you haven’t seen this incredible exhibition, join us on Art Walk!


And while you’re art walking, take a dance break in the ballroom- Tango lesson by Dance Kinexion runs from 5-9pm that night.  


A look into the black and white ball–


We’re preparing for the Black and White Ball! We have some general spiffing and polishing to do- if you are interested in helping with that spiffing in the month of October, please visit this link or send an email to
Tickets for the ball can be purchased at this link.



More updates from the off season coming soon,



Happenings at the Chateau: September 23, 2016

It’s the last week of tour season.

The Chateau will soon be at rest for fall and winter, reopening from time to time to host events like the October Art Walk, our upcoming Mining City Writing Project, and the Archives’ Black and White Ball.

While this beloved house waits for the arrival of spring, the Chateau staff will be hard at work.  We will be bringing together projects and programming, and planning for the year ahead.


In the Gallery


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be in our gallery through October 15.

Come view these works during the final Art Walk of the season, October 7, from 5-7pm or by appointment (

It was a joy to work with Jan in installing this exhibition, and in learning about his incredible relationship with this state.

Also during the Art Walk, Dance Kinexion will be hosting a free Tango crash course in the ballroom!  


Happenings September to October


The Youth Open Mic is next Friday, September 30 from 7 to 10PM.  This free event will feature a final look at the internship exhibition, Perspectives from the Nebula.




The Archives’ Night in Black and White, benefitting the restoration of the C. Owen Smithers photography collection will be on Friday, October 28 2016 at 6:30PM.  Tickets are available at this link.



Soon, we will be introducing our new writer’s residency, the Mining City Writing Project.  Keep an eye out for more about this project!



Last Week

We had a great time celebrating with the Covellite International Film Festival in their inaugural year.  Raj Amit Kumar, founder of Dark Frames and director of Unfreedom, gave a stirring talk on film censorship.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this festival on a wonderful weekend!



There’s more to come this fall.  Watch this blog and our Facebook page for details!




The End of Another Great Season!

Thank you to all of our supporters who made the 2016 season such a wild success! From our start-of-season “Remembering the Rising” series  to our brand new Reader’s Theater group, The Ballroom Players, to our second annual Chateau Summer Internship, this season has seen an amazing blossoming of community engagement here at the Chateau. Additionally, our resident non-profit organization, The Root & The Bloom Collective, received their 501(c)(3) status in March and has been growing non-stop ever since!

We now transition into Autumn with new hours of operation, which gives us time to expand upon new projects and endeavors, prepare exhibits and activities for the Winter and Spring, and reflect upon the lessons we learned this Summer.

The last day of our summer hours will be Friday, September 23rd. After this date, tours will be available by appointment, 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Please email us at to schedule a tour, and please allow at least 24 hours notice, because even though our doors aren’t open, that doesn’t mean we’re not busy as bees! As such, tours will only be offered based on staff and volunteer availability, but we will try our best to make sure that anyone who wants to explore this wonderful building will get the chance to do so.

Thank you all again for your continued support of our not-so-little castle. We love serving the Butte-Silver Bow community, and we can’t wait to share the amazing things that are coming next!

– Callison Stratton, Chateau Curator

Happenings at the Chateau: September 16, 2016

Last Week:


We’d like to thank Aaron Parrett for coming in and giving a wonderful lecture on his new book, Montana Americana Music!


Happenings this Weekend


Tomorrow afternoon, Raj Amit Kumar will be speaking on his feature film, Unfreedom, and it’s censorship in his home country of India.  His talk will be held in the ballroom at 4:15pm, and is part of the first Covellite Film Festival.  


About Kumar:


Raj Amit Kumar graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006 where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. He finished his Ph.D. coursework in Cinema and Media studies at Southern Illinois University (SIUC) and began working on his first feature length film Unfreedom.

His talent and intellect have also been commended with awards such as the National Scholarship of India for Academic Excellence and the Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of film and Video Association (UFVA) 2009.


He is also a media academic, teacher, and writer. He has taught cinema theory and history at both his alma maters, CUNY and SIUC. His writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences as well.


His next two film projects, titled Ayodhya and Black Boots, are currently, in development stages.


Unfreedom will be screening at 7:45, Saturday September 17 at the Covellite Theatre.


More Happenings:


We will be closed next Saturday, September 24 for a wedding.


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be in our gallery through the end of the month.  If you haven’t seen this wonderful collection of photography, be sure to stop in during our tour hours, during a public event, or by appointment (email


We’re hosting a Back-to-School Open Mic Night on Friday, September 30 from 7 to 10pm.  This is a free event and will be a last look at our internship exhibition, Perspectives from the Nebula.


We’re having a ball


In the literal sense.  In October, we will be hosting the Archives’ Black and White Ball benefitting the preservation of the C. Owen Smithers photograph collection.  

The event will be on October 28,2016 at 6:30pm.



Tickets are $50 for individuals and $75 for couples and can be purchased through this link.


Happenings at the Chateau: September 9, 2016

In the Gallery


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana opened on Friday, September 2nd, during Art Walk.  It will be up through September, available to view during our open hours (Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 4PM,) during public events, or by appointment.

A few words about Jan and this exhibition:

As a child, Czech photographer Jan Richter fell in love with the American West. On his first visit to the US he drove across 27 states, but Montana had the greatest impact on his work.

His new collection, “My Own Private Montana” celebrates the state’s enigmatic overlap of past and present, with a particular focus on Missoula and Butte.”


When working with Jan, it was immediately clear that Montana is a lifelong love of his, with Butte being one of the places he calls his western home.  During the opening for his exhibition, Jan played some of his favorite folk and western songs with Missoula musician, Aaron Jennings.

janballroomRichter, on the right, playing his acoustic guitar that he bought several years ago at Double Lazy S Guitars.  Richter and Jennings, left, played requests for our Art Walk guests.  

Happenings this weekend

Speaker Series Aaron Parrett

This Friday, September 10th, Aaron Parrett will be signing and speaking about his new book, Montana Americana Music.  Doors open at 6pm- Parrett will be signing books until 7pm, at which point the reading will begin.  


Here’s a little about Parrett’s book, from Arcadia Publishing/The History Press:

Montana’s relationship to Americana music is as wide and deep as the famed Missouri river that inspired countless musicians seated at its shores. From the fiddling of Pierre Cruzatte and George Gibson in the Corps of Discovery to the modern day loner-folk of Joey Running Crane and Cameron Boster, the Treasure State inspires the production of top-notch country music. In the 1950s, bands like the Snake River Outlaws fostered a longstanding love of hillbilly honky-tonk, and in 1970s the Mission Mountain Wood Band added a homegrown flavor of their own. Contemporary acts like The Lil’ Smokies and songwriter Martha Scanlan promise a vibrant future for the local sound. Author and musician Aaron Parrett explores this history to show what it means to boot stomp in Big Sky Country.

And some info about Aaron:

Aaron Parrett started writing songs in 1995 while living on Barber Street in Athens, Georgia, while he was enrolled in graduate school in Comparative Literature. The Sinners, his first CD, came out in 1996 to great critical acclaim. A year later he teamed up with Jason Anderson, Jon Mills, and John Neff to record a second showcase of his songs called The Judge and the Jury: The Legend of Jim Collins, released in 2000 on the Pizzle label. He and Jason recorded a second Judge and Jury album in 2002, called Left of the Mason Dixon Line, which also featured some fine pedal steel work by John Neff.

Meanwhile, Aaron started writing stuff other than songs-an academic tome on traveling to the moon, various essays, and a dozen short stories that have appeared in places like The Massachusetts Review, Open Spaces, Wild Blue Yonder, The Wisconsin Review, and Janus Head. Some of these stories are available for your reading pleasure elsewhere on this website.

Nowadays, teaching at the local college in Great Falls, Montana keeps him pretty busy, but he plays out regularly throughout the state, and gives readings when invited.


Happenings in the near future



  • Next Saturday, September 17, we will be hosting an event with the Covellite International Film Festival, and the last tour of the day will be at 2pm.



  • The following Saturday, September 24th, we will be closed all day for a wedding.


Who’s Writing?

Michelle Louis is a Butte native, spending most of her life between Butte and southeastern Colorado.  An uptown resident, Michelle has worked on community events like the Empty Bowls Project and the Original Nightmare Haunted Attraction, and is the current Director of Artist Hospitality for the Montana Folk Festival.  In the past year, Michelle has worked as an instructor at the Clay Studio of Missoula while studying Art Education and Ceramics at the University of Montana.  In August, Michelle returned to Butte from Missoula to join the Root and the Bloom Collective and Historic Clark Chateau, and continue to work in the arts.

Michelle will be posting regularly to the Chateau blog this fall and winter.

Closed for Private Event: Sat. June 18th

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes we have to close up shop for rentals! We love giving tours and being open as much as possible, but we also love sharing our space with people for their special events.

We will re-open for tours tomorrow (Sunday June 19th) from 12pm-4pm, as per our usual schedule! We thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

– Callison, Chateau Manager

“My Footsteps Through History”: Unique and Powerful Student-Led Tours Through Butte

Our interns are already making waves in this town.

MacKenzie Coe and Tori Turner are both rising sophomores at Butte High, and for their final History class projects this year, they created their own films, with the theme “My Footsteps Through History.” Their videos are personal, heart-felt, thorough, and (I write proudly and excitedly) historically accurate. They demonstrate exactly what makes history so powerful and so important: its ability to reach out across generations and tap into a young person’s mind and soul, making them think and feel and learn. This assignment wasn’t a chronological approach to Butte’s history; rather, it encourages a thematic approach, nearly unheard of in our country’s public school system.

The History teacher behind this assignment, Chris Fisk, is a genuine treasure in our town: his methods are innovative and challenging, he treats his students with respect and often admiration, and his belief about history is that it is a constant presence in our lives, not a distant past (a “foreign country” as David Lowenthal would call it). He directs the Butte High History Club, which is basically an institution here, and leads his students on trips that encourage personal connections with Butte’s often under-explored history. He doesn’t limit the discussion to Copper Kings and headframes; he brings his students to the Butte’s unglamorous Cabbage Patch neighborhood, its brothels, its warehouse district, its graveyards. These students develop an appreciation for those people whose stories are too often swept under the ornate rugs of our city’s extravagant mansions (the Chateau included).

This past week, Fisk presented his students’ work at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives for their bi-weekly Brown Bag Lunch series. He said emphatically, “This presentation is not about me. This is about them,” pointing at the group of teenagers huddled nervously in the back of the room. He’s right. Teaching should not be about the teacher, but about the students, and Fisk understands that more than most teachers I have encountered. Likewise, history should not be about the past, but about the present it has impacted.

The Chateau is truly lucky to have a group of interns who have been taught history by the likes of Chris Fisk. Tori’s and MacKenzie’s videos are glimpses at the kind of work that can come out of a mutual respect built between student and teacher, past and present, history and historian. Enjoy:

Tori Turner’s Footsteps Through History

MacKenzie Coe’s Footsteps Through History

Let us know what you think about our kids’ work using the comment section below!

– Callison