Life in Miniature: Exhibit Opening Reception

SUNDAY, MAY 21st: Join us for the official opening of The Clark Chateau’s new exhibit, “Life in Miniature,” a retrospective of dolls and dollhouses, both international and local. The opening reception will feature a lecture on the history dolls with antique dealer and doll specialist Brian Mogren, followed by a panel discussion made up of local Butte historians, sociologists and miniature enthusiasts. Doors open at 12pm for guests to explore the exhibit before the lecture begins at 2pm. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served.

Suggested $10 Donation

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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

Mining City Writing Project Welcomes Sid Gustafson

The Mining City Writing Project’s second writer in residence, Sid Gustafson, will join us for a week beginning on January 15.

Sid Gustafson is an established veterinarian and author living in Big Sky.  His 33 year practice specializes in equine health- a subject of which he is an ardent advocate.  A Montana native, Gustafson grew up in Conrad, where he began his lifelong career working with animals on his family’s ranch.

He has authored numerous short stories and poems, as well as three novels.  His veterinary works include guidebooks on canine health and equine behavior.

He will be reading from his third novel, Swift Dam, on Saturday evening at the Chateau.

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For more information on this author, visit his website.



Winter at the Chateau

Here’s what’s coming up soon at the Chateau:

This Week

Megan McNamer is here for the first weeklong residency of the Mining City Writing Project! To keep up with news and events from this project, follow its Facebook Page.

The Chateau will be hosting the Teen Writing Workshop on Thursday, November 17 at 4pm and a public reading with Megan on Saturday, November 19 at 6pm.

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Megan will be reading selections from her work, including her book, Children and Lunatics.



On Friday, December 2 from 4 to 9pm, the Chateau will be open for the Christmas Stroll! Come check out the gift shop and the exciting line up of events in the music room:

4-6pm: Christmas performance by the PerChance Players

Caroling, merrymaking, and skits!  Directed by Frankee Angel.

6-9pm: Tango with Dance Kinexion

All skill levels welcome!

Roots Americana

On Sunday, December 4 at 5pm, Bozeman duo Hazel Hue brings us an intimate, acoustic performance in the ballroom.  Warm up with us for an evening of fine Roots Americana music!


Catch up with Hazel Hue through their facebook page, listen to their work on soundcloud.

Let’s enjoy their latest music video in the meantime:

Hazel Hue – “Rust” from Sam Atkins on Vimeo.

Lend a hand

Interested in helping out at the Chateau for these events and all the upcoming fun we have planned in 2017?  Visit our volunteer opportunities page or drop a line at

Stay tuned for more updates and announcements from the Chateau! A full list of our upcoming events as they are announced will appear on our facebook page.

The Mining City Writing Project: Megan McNamer, Nov. 14-20

All of us at the Clark Chateau are so excited to host author Megan McNamer as our first writer-in-residence as part of the Mining City Writing Project! MCWP is a program of The Root & The Bloom Collective, and is sponsored by Humanities Montana, The Montana Standard, the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and the County of Butte-Silver Bow.  megan-mcnamer-2-for-blp-2-e1435186207241

Megan McNamer’s novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Her essays have appeared in Salon,Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The Miami Herald) andIslands Magazine, and she has won finalist and semi-finalist awards fromNew Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans
Writing Contest for Study Abroad, the Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, and Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for 2016.

She has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington and studies and performs Balinese music as a member of the Missoula, Montana community gamelan, Manik Harum.

Megan will be in Butte November 14 – 20 and will lead a youth workshop, a lecture at the Butte Archives, and will give a reading of her work at the Chateau. To stay in the loop about her goings-on while in Butte, please “like” the MCWP page on Facebook or subscribe to this blog!

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.

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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.