Yellowstone Gateway Museum receives grant to process railroad materials

Enterprise Staff

Yellowstone Gateway Museum was one of three organizations in Livingston to receive a grant from the Montana History Foundation this year.

The museum received $5,000 to archive and catalog its extensive railroad collection, according to YGM news release.  

Professional Archivist Ellen Zazzarino and Project Director Karen Reinhart will work with train registers, North Pacific Railway reports and ledgers. There are also National Pacific Railroad  and Burlington Northern railroad maps and plans—some from the 1880s, some Amtrak materials, professional photographs by Bill Phillips of the Livingston Shops’ last days and other historic railroad photographs; and objects such as lanterns and signs. Also included are railroad texts and manuals, railroad ephemera: advertisements, brochures, maps, and more. Some of the material was donated by local railroad historian Warren McGee.

“Cataloging and Archival Storage project preserves a significant collection that is currently inaccessible and at risk.,” the release stated. “This collection helps tell the story of Park County’s largest employer from 1883 to 1986, the Northern Pacific Railway  and Burlington Northern Railroad. Railroad history is one of Park County’s most important cultural stories, including stories of immigrant workers, unions, women who worked during World War II and beyond, and women’s support organizations.”

MHF awarded $117,800 to 29 organizations around the state. Other projects funded by the organizations includes a Commerical Historic District Survey for the city of Livingston and a window replacement project for the Lincoln  School, according to the release.

The Montana History Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation preserving the rich legacy of Montana’s past one story, one community, and one project at a time. With the help of donors, the MHF has put nearly $3 million into history projects in Montana communities. For more information, including how to donate and apply for grants, visit

For more information, visit the museum’s website,  or call 222-4184, for more information about the museum.