This project is for $4,200 to buy six picnic tables and add Rotary emblems for the World Museum of Mining (WMM) in Butte, Montana. The grant request is for $2,050. The Club match will be $2,050 and the Club will contribute $100 of in-kind labor.
This is one of the few museums in the world located in an actual mine yard. On its 22+ acres, there are more than 50 structures, including the 100-foot high headframe to the Orphan Girl Mine. The WMM is a non-profit museum founded in 1963 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Butte. The WMM has surface mining exhibits, buildings, and underground tours.
Rotary has been involved in the WMM. In 2015, as part of DG Bill Spath's District Conference, a Rotary work party planted 126 tree seedlings at the WMM. Twice since, the Rotary Club of Butte has re-installed small surveyor flags next to each tree. About 50% of the trees have survived so far, with the best now over 4-feet tall.
The WMM has a large grass picnic area that is centrally located in the museum grounds. On a regular basis, when buses of school kids arrive, the students tour the Museum and eat lunch in the picnic area. The WMM has community gatherings such as Miners' Union Day in June and those are staged in the picnic area. The WMM also allows community groups to use the picnic area. These include student groups from Montana Tech and the Butte Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) picnic. This area is also a popular place for visitors to sit. Because of weathering, the number of picnic tables has declined to two tables last year and those two are being retired this year.
The WMM has researched picnic tables and has selected a type that is durable in the Butte weather. These six tables will also be light enough to be moved for the various configurations needed for the activities in the picnic area.
The Rotary Club of Butte initiated this project and has been soliciting the bids. We will also have a work party to assemble the six tables when they arrive. The WMM is open from April to November so our intent is to order and install the tables as soon as the District grant allows. August 1st is the anticipated end date.