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December 2016 • A special publication by the Havre Daily News

Men in blue help provide Christmas

with Shop with a Cop


Holiday Wishes Come True, Thanks to Friends in Blue For the second straight year, Havre’s law enforcement officers will help provide some Christmas cheer for children who might not have any otherwise. Friday, Dec. 23, Havre police officers will go shopping with children to buy gifts for members of their family. This is the second year they have done the p ro g ra m , t e a m i n g u p w i t h Walmart, District 4 Human Resources Development Cuoncil, Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line and the public schools. “We know doing something like Shop with a Cop could be helpful and we know it is a program that is needed in the community,” Havre Police Officer Jesse Eller said. “As law enforcement, sometimes you see the worst in the community — a lot of people don’t realize we have kids who are in poverty. A lot of people live behind closed doors or in their circle of friends and just don’t see some of the things we see.” The program is an attempt to

identify children in need and pair them up with a police officer in a positive situation, such as shopping for Christmas presents or shopping for school supplies. The program attempts to locate children whose families have had some contact with law enforcement, maybe involving an adult family member or older sibling who may have been arrested. The trauma of seeing a family member arrested can cause many young children to have negative feelings toward police, as they rarely hear the whole story, objectively, from those involved, a press release says. Focusing on children who have lost parents or experienced a family trauma, it aims to plant a seed of hope back into the hearts of those who have been recently devastated. Children ages 6 through 12 are selected each year during the end-of-the-year holiday season to shop for gifts for members of their immediate family. Each child is given a small amount of money to spend, normally $100 depending on donations. One or t wo c h i l d re n a re t y p i c a l l y assigned to each law enforcement representative, who then escorts them around the store and assists in selecting appropriate gifts for each family member. After shopping, the children will

wrap their gifts, continuing to get to know the police officers. This program helps positively change the lives of children in the community by providing them with Christmas presents that they otherwise may not have received, a press release says. Shop with a Cop was developed to help make the holidays brighter for disadvantaged families in the Havre area. Shop with a Cop depends entirely on money donated by the community, private people, businesses and fundraising. In the program an officer hands out applications to teachers and  Boys & Girls Club. The officers review the applications and choose the children they will work with. The deadline is Dec. 9. Friday, Dec. 23, children arrive at the police department and for about an hour have breakfast and juice and bond with officers. North Central Montana Transit volunteers and buses then take the the children up to Walmart accompanied a by a police escort. Military vehicles

Havre Daily News/file photo Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich helps his young friend with a new pair of shoes at Walmart. Matosich and several other officers took part in Shop with a Cop in 2015.

will be waiting in the parking lot for the children to check out. The officers and children then will head into Walmart, greeted by store employees. The officers and children shop for about 1 1/2 hours, then, after

shopping, they will be bused to Pizza Hut for lunch.

The children will then head to

the police department to wrap the gifts to be opened Christmas Day.


December 2016

VISIT Havre & the Hi-Line

Welcome Welcome our Canadian neighbors and friends … to Havre.

Our area is rich in history of the American West. Havre was settled more than 100 years ago, after James J. Hill forged the Great Northern Railroad, now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, across the Great Plains. Havre quickly became the transportation hub of the area, providing goods and supplies to the area trappers, miners and military stationed at Fort Assinniboine. Area museums and attractions set the stage for a visit, showcasing and re-creating local history. The Havre Daily News is pleased to bring this community tourism information guide for visitors to the area. Recreation can be found in town at city parks, the golf courses, historical attractions and art venues. Western hospitality is no catchpenny phrase in Havre. Hospitality and friendliness are a charming part of the town’s personality, as genuine and as real as the surrounding hills. Havre is a town where visitors are warmly welcomed whether the

stay is an hour, a day or a week. Outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities beckon with camping and fishing in Beaver Creek Park located in the Bear Paw Mountains and at Fresno Reservoir. Beaver Creek Park, 10,000 acres in size, provides a beautiful natural recreation area. Historical and archeological sites await visitors, including the bison kill site, on the western edge of Havre, and Fort Assinniboine, one of the largest forts in the nation built at the end of the Indian Wars just south of Havre. The arts also embrace Havre, from art shows to theater productions performed by local actors and concerts and shows by nationally recognized talent. A variety of attractions also exist in surrounding communities. Numerous museums, historical sites and other attractions are all awaiting within a few hour drive of Havre. A smiling welcome awaits visitors, who can use this guide to find activities, accommodations, shopping, restaurants, taverns and services while they enjoy Havre and the Hi-Line.

Know Before You Go A little preparation will help simplify the process of entering the United States. Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers:

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older, to present a valid acceptable travel document that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. U.S. and Canadian citizens under age 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea. WHTI - compliant documents for entry into the United States at land and sea ports include: o U.S. or Canadian passports; o Trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES); o U.S. passport card; o State- or province-issued and enhanced driver’s licenses (when and where available). For more information, visit the WHTI website at A radio frequency identification-enabled travel document, such as a U.S. passport card, enhanced driver’s license/enhanced identification card or trusted traveler program card, expedites entry and makes crossing the border more efficient. Other programs that facilitate the entry process for international travelers coming into the country to visit, study or conduct legitimate business include trusted traveler programs, such as SENTRI, NEXUS and Global Entry. For more information about these programs, visit The • • •

hours at the ports near Wild Horse are: Sweetgrass, MT: open 24 hours per day all year Wild Horse, MT: open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during winter hours Willow Creek, MT: open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year


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Calendar of events DECEMBER 2016

December 2nd-4th – Chouteau County Christmas December 3rd – St. Jude Christmas Bazaar – 10:30am – 2pm – Pictures with Santa & the Grinch – Atrium Mall – Holiday Spirit Stroll through Havre Beneath the Streets – 1-4pm – Cowboy Christmas – 5pm- MSU-Northern Gym December 3rd-4th – Winterfest Craft Show – Holiday Village Mall – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall December 4th – Piano & Pipes Christmas Concert – 2pm – First Lutheran Church December 7th – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 8th-10th – Native American Classic Basketball Tournament – MSU-N Gym December 9th-10th – “A” Boys Basketball Tip-Off Tournament – HHS Gym December 9th-11th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm MSU-N Theatre December 10th – Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line – Pictures with Santa & the Grinch – Atrium Mall – Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall – Dino Christmas Party – 1-3pm – H. Earl Clack Museum – Live Nativity Scene – 5-7pm – Van Orsdel United Methodist Church December 10th-11th – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall – Citywide Bake Sale – Holiday Village Mall – Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm (132 Third Street) December 11th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 1 pm MSU-N Theatre December 15th-18th – Montana Actors‘ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm MSU-N Theatre December 17th - Recycle Drive – 8:30am-11:30am – Pacific Steel & Recycle – Pictures with Santa & the Grinch – Atrium Mall – Kids Scavenger Hunt – 1pm-3pm – Atrium Mall – Havre Jaycees Open House – 1-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room December 17th-18th – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall December 18th – Eagles Kids Christmas Party – 2pm December 18th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 1pm MSU-N Theatre December 21st – Winter Begins December 22nd-24thth – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm MSU-N Theatre December 23rd-24th – Pictures with Santa – Noon-3pm – Holiday Village Mall December 24th – Christmas Eve December 25th – Christmas Day – Community Christmas Dinner – 11am-2pm – Eagles Club December 26th – Chamber Office Closed – Boxing Day – Canada – HHS Alumni Holiday Hoops Basketball Games – 6:30pm Havre Middle School December 31st – New Year’s Eve

Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host Lunch with Santa Event will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line The Chamber Ambassadors will hold their annual Lunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line in Havre. Mary Jane Borlaug, a member of the Chamber Ambassadors, estimates that they have sponsored the event for eight years. Children in attendance will get the chance to sit on Santa's lap and tell him

what they want for Christmas. Borlaug said lunch will most likely include hot dogs. Lunch will be $2 for parents and free for children. There will also be drawings for baskets of Christmas items and toys for children. Borlaug said that between 100 and 125 typically attend the event wich starts at noon.

Eagles Club Christmas party set for Sunday, Dec. 18 The Havre Eagle’s Club will hold it’s annual Christmas party for children Sunday, Dec. 18. Havre Eagle’s Club manager Tom Farnham said Santa Claus will make a

special appearance. Food, usually hot dogs, will be served and children will get a chance to participate in a variety of games. The party starts at 2 p.m.


January 1st – New Year’s Day January 16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Chamber Office Closed January 18th – Chamber Annual Meeting – Noon – Duck Inn Olympic Room January 20th-21st – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “12 Angry Men/Women” 8pm – MSU-N Theatre January 21st – Recycle Drive – 8:30am-11:30am – Pacific Steel & Recycle – Eastern “A” Divisional Speech Meet January 26th-28th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “12 Angry Men/Women” 8pm – MSU-N Theatre


February 2nd – Groundhog Day February 2nd-4th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “12 Angry Men/Women 8pm – MSU-N Theatre February 4th – First Lutheran Church Annual Lutefisk Dinner – Noon-6pm February 11th – Montana Actors’ Theatre “Valentine’s Day Cabaret & Burlesque” 8pm Historic Post Office – We Love Northern Ball – 6pm – MSU-Northern Gym February 14th – Valentine’s Day February 15th-18th – District 9-C Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament - HHS February 18th – Recycle Drive – 8:30am-11:30am – Pacific Steel & Recycle February 20th – Presidents’ Day – Chamber Office Closed

MARCH 2017

March 3rd-5th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 8pm – MSU-N Theatre March 5th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 1pm – MSU-N Theatre March 9th-12th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 8pm – MSU-N Theatre March 12th – Daylight Savings Time Begins March 16th-18th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 8pm – MSU-N Theatre March 3rd-5th – Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 1pm – MSU-N Theatre March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day March 18th – Recycle Drive – 8:30am-11:30am – Pacific Steel & Recycle March 20th – Spring begins


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BORDER CROSSING BASICS What to Bring Americans visiting Canada and Canadians returning home from the south can make the crossing smooth by knowing the regulations they will encounter at the border. Keep receipts from all purchases handy. All plant, animal and food items must be be declared, as well as alcohol, firearms, tobacco and new vehicles. BE SURE TO BRING: Identification: Passports are best for both Canadians and Americans. Canadian citizens are required to present one of the following documents when entering the United States by land or water: • a passport; • a NEXUS card; • a FREE and Secure Trade (FAST) card; • an enhanced driver's license (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) from a province where a U.S. approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented; or • a Secure Certificate of Indian Status. Vaccination records for pets: A certificate from a veterinarian must verify that animals older than three months are free of diseases communicable to humans and has been vaccinated for rabies. Consent to transport children with adults who are, and are not, parents or guardians. A letter of consent should be dated and include the children's names, ages, bordercrossing dates and destination. The consent letter should include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or guardian can be reached. With married couples, when one parent is traveling alone with the children, the signed consent letter should include a copy of the absent parent's driver's license or passport. Parents with custody orders (joint, shared or sole custody) should travel with copies of the legal custody documents as well as the consent letter form the other parent. DO NOT BRING: • Obscene, treasonable or seditious materials, hate propaganda or child pornography • Certain birds and feathers • Debased or counterfeit currency • Used mattresses • Items made by prisoners • Reprints of copyrighted Canadian works • Matches made with white phosphorus

GENERAL LIMITS PERSONAL EXEMPTION: • Canadian residents who spend more than 24 hours in the U.S. may return with up to $200 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty. Items include food, furnishings and luxury items such as jewelry and perfume. An exemption is allowable for young children as long as the materials are for their use. Exemptions may not be combined with or transferred to other people. Alcohol and tobacco purchases are excluded from the personal exemption, with specific limits governing their purchase. Exceeding the $200 requires duties and taxes to be paid on the amount over and above the limit.

24 HOURS = $200

Under 24 Hours = NO PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS Residents who spent 24 hours or more in the U.S. may return with up to $200 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty.

48 HOURS = $800

Residents who spent 48 hours or more in the U.S. may return with up to $800 per person (Canadian) in goods without paying any duty. Some alcohol and tobacco products may be included.


Exceeding the allowable limit may cost both duty and taxes, along with varying provincial/territorial assessments. Residents age 18 or 19 and older (depending on province) may import limited amounts of alcohol without paying duty or taxes. The limit for importing alcohol without paying duty is one of the following: • 1.5 liters (53 imperial ounces) of wine, or 2 - 750 mil.; • 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of alcohol; • a total of 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of wine and liquor; or • 24 12-ounce cans or bottles (maximum of 8.5 liters) of beer or ale.


Residents over age 18 may bring in all of the following amounts of tobacco free of duty and taxes within your personal exemption: • 200 cigarettes • 50 cigars • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco and • 200 tobacco sticks Source:

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Havre’s Community Christmas Dinner All Havre residents are invited to a free Christmas dinner at the Havre Eagle’s Club on Christmas Day. Tom Farnham, manager of the Eagle’s Club said the tradition goes back at least 30 years. “It don’t matter: rich, poor, old or young they are all invited,” Farnham said. Those who come will be served turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, fresh vegetables, corn and cranberry sauce. “We just got to make sure that everyone who wants a hot meal has a hot meal and

a smile,” he said. Farnham said that while the dinner is free, they will be accepting at-will donations to help fund next year’s meal. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Those who wish to have meals delivered to them will able to call in their order the week before Christmas. The contact number will be posted in the Havre Daily News. Orders must be called in by 5 p.m Dec 23.

Have a very Dino Christmas H. Earl Clack Museum is hosting its fifth annual Dinosaur Christmas Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Holiday Village Mall. Judy Dritshulas, chair of the H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum Board said the activities will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. in the mall’s common area in front of the museum. Dritshulas said the museum puts on the celebration each year for children to both promote the museum and generate interest in the area’s dinosaur artifacts. The celebration will include activities geared toward elementary school children such as holiday themed crafts, guest appearances by local dinosaurs, balloon animals made by Cory Pierson and cookie decorating. “You would be surprised by how many

kids have never decorated cookies,” Dritshulas said.

Cookies are provided by volunteers and

decorating supplies are provided by Gary & Leo’s Fresh Foods.

This year, children will have the chance

to make dinosaur gingerbread houses.

“They’re small, but they are really

cute,” she said.

Activities are free and open to the pub-


Dritshulas said that the museum appre-

ciates if parents accompany their children to the festivities.


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Live Nativity to illustrate the birth of Christ Those who pass Van Orsdel United Methodist Church on Fifth Avenue Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 7 p.m will witness the re-enactment of a biblical event that embodies the true meaning of Christmas for Christians: the birth of Jesus Christ. The living Nativity scene has become a time-honored tradition for the church. Each year, parishioners brave the cold to breathe life into an episode usually known through artist renderings and biblical interpretations. Throughout it all, Christmas music plays in the background. "It's almost like you can be there in your mind like that," said Ray Toth, a longtime parishioner who has had a large part in organizing the affair throughout the years and played several roles in the exhibition. Toth credits Betty Knudson, a former Havre resident and parishioner, for coming up with the idea for the live Nativity scene. Volunteers act in the roles of Mary, Joseph, the three wise men and the shepherds. At least one actor portrays an angel. Elevated above the manger — which is made of old barn wood — in a hydraulic lift bucket, the person acting as an angel flies alongside a large electric star aglow in white light. Toth said the decision to use a doll or a real life baby to portray Jesus depends on the weather

Havre Daily News/Stacy Mantle Participants enact the annual living nativity scene at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church along Fifth Avenue. and willingness of a mother to volunteer her baby. Other children, dressed as angels, are sometimes situated out in front to give children a larger role in the production. Some costumes bearing resemblance to biblical-era attire were donated to the church. But due to the varying sizes of the participants, they are sometimes forced to improvise.

Actors take their spots for about a half hour before, one by one, they slip out when their shift ends and other actors take their place. In lieu of enough volunteers, Toth said, someone may take multiple shifts, but they try to ensure that the person gets a break between shifts. Real animals are transported from farms in Havre and nearby

communities such as Chinook to play a part. Toth said that this year, animals present will include sheep, a miniature donkey, a miniature horse, alpacas and a llama. The animals are allocated some room to wander, but some, such as sheep and alpacas, are kept in pens that act as a barrier between them and people who come over to see the Nativity

scene stationed in the parking lot between the church and the Girl Scout house. Yellow crime scene tape or a rail is sometimes put up to keep the audience from getting too close to the animals. Toth said that while the church invites everyone to come over and see this spectacle, they cannot touch. "This is not a petting zoo," said Toth. "People can come and look and stuff, but if they want to come sit and take a picture, it ain't gonna happen." The animals are given hay and feed and are also kept inside pens to keep them from wandering away. Such an incident happened a few years ago, when a sheep fled the scene, bolting down Fifth Avenue over to Third Street where Pizza Pro is now located, Toth said. Some organizers went after him, before the woolly fugitive returned to the church of his own volition. Toth estimated it takes about three hours to piece together the manger and the pens, lay the beds of hay, put out the food, receive the animals and do the assortment of other tasks that must be carried out leading up to the performance. When the living Nativity scene is finally completed and all the players in place, people can view the scene by walking over, driving by or parking along Fifth Avenue for the collective viewing.

2016 ornament features Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s Camp Kiwanis T h e H av re / H i l l C o u n t y H i s to r i c Preservation Commission has released its latest Christmas ornament highlighting local history, with the featured building one of its successes. The pewter ornament features the Kiwanis Chapel at Beaver Creek Park’s C a m p K i wa n i s. T h e o r n a m e n t wa s unveiled and released for sale during the Friends of Beaver Creek Park’s 100th Birthday Party held for the park last Saturday, with the commission donating one of the 100 limited-edition ornaments for auction at the Friends fundraiser. The park was created as a recreation area, called Beaver Creek Playground, in the same act signed into law in 1916 that created Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation that borders the park to the south and southwest. The remaining ornaments are available for purchase at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 130 Fifth Ave. for $20 each. The commission also is offering a promotional special for previously issued ornaments. Previous years have featured the former Havre Post Office, Hill County Court House, Episcopal Church and D o n a l d s o n H a l l a t M o n ta n a S ta t e

University-Northern. The Commission is offering a special price for the remaining ornaments: Buy two of the three — Court House, St, Mark’s Episcopal Church or Donaldson — for $30. The commission will use the proceeds from ornament sales for a preservation fund it is establishing to help pay for local preservation efforts. The chapel is one of the local buildings the commission has helped to preserve. The Havre/Hill County Preservation Commission worked with the Hill County Park Board to list the Kiwanis Chapel on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008-09. Once listed, a stimulus grant was obtained in 2010. The rehabilitation of the chapel, which was completed in 2011 included og replacement and staining, new chinking, reconstruction of the front porch, a new roof, historically appropriate lighting and the addition of a handicap ramp. A sign provided by the Montana Historical Society gives a brief historical description and is now on display at the building. The park also made other contributions to the building including landscaping, a paved sidewalk and a concrete vault toilet. The commission thanked the Hill

2016 Havre Holiday Calendar

Enjoy the Magic of the Holidays December 9th-11th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

December 11th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre

December 10th

• Lunch with Santa – Noon – Boys & Girls Club

December 10th • • • •

Pictures with the Grinch – Atrium Mall Action Art Raffle – 11am-1pm – Atrium Mall Dino Christmas Party – 1pm-3pm – H. Earl Clack Museum Live Nativity Scene – Van Orsdel United Methodist Church – 5pm-7pm December 10th-11th • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon - 3pm • Citywide Bake Sale – Holiday Village Mall • Christmas at The Cottage – Noon-3pm December 12th • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert, 7pm - Middle School

December 15th

• HHS Winter Band Concert -7:30pm - HHS

December 15th-18th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” - 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre December 17th • Pictures with the Grinch - Atrium Mall • Kid’s Scavenger Hunt – 1pm-3pm – Atrium Mall • Jaycees Open House – 1pm-4pm – HRDC Fireside Room

December 18th

• Montana Actors’ Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – Matinee 2pm - MSU-Northern Theatre December 17th-18th • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm December 18th • Eagles Kids Christmas Party – 2pm

December 22nd-24th

• Montana Actors Theatre presents “Hansel & Gretel – A Christmas Panto” – 8pm - MSU-Northern Theatre December 23rd-24th • Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall – Noon-3pm

December 25th

Merry Christmas

• Community Christmas Dinner – Eagles Club – 11am – 2pm

County Park Board and the Friends of Beaver Creek Park for their preservation efforts in a release about the 2017 ornament. The history of the chapel goes back more than 80 years. The application to put the chapel on the Historic Registry talks about the significance of the park, saying, “Located in north-central Montana, ten miles south of Havre, Beaver Creek State Park is the largest county-owned park in the state. The park measures approximately one mile wide and seventeen miles long and consists of over 10,000 acres. Multiple small drainages empty into Beaver Creek, a perennial creek that runs north-south through the length of the park’s grassy broken hills, clusters of pine forest, and beautiful undulating landscapes characteristic of the north slope of the (Bear) Paw Mountains.” The application lists the building of the

chapel, originally the Kiwanis Meeting Hall, as 1933, saying it “played a significant role in the ongoing use of the park and was central to Kiwanis Club activities through the mid-twentieth century.” It added, “Havre’s Kiwanis Club constructed the Kiwanis Meeting Hall there in 1933, the first permanent building in the park, as the central building to Camp Kiwanis, a recreational center established for disadvantaged children to enjoy. Throughout its history, the Kiwanis Meeting Hall served both secular and non-secular organizations. The 1933-1960 period of significance for the Kiwanis Meeting Hall includes the decades from its construction through the 1950s, when the erection of additional campground buildings reduced the overall use of the meeting hall.”


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