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Touring the People''s Center

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Sam Leash
September 10, 2020

Harvest Hosts offers RVers unique stays at diverse locations across North America, like The People’s Center of the Kootenai, Pend d'Oreille, and Salish Tribes. Explore its rich history, educational exhibits, and cultural experiences, all while enjoying a peaceful overnight stay. 🚐✨

Touring the People''s Center

Harvest Hosts is a unique RV membership program with a large network of available hosts. So far, {count_host_classic} locations have opened their hearts and their homes and/or businesses to members of the Harvest Hosts RVing community. Through this program, members receive overnight accommodations with no camping fees in peaceful and serene places across North America. In return, members are asked to make a purchase to patronize the small business that hosts them. Of these Hosts, The People’s Center of the Kootenai, Pend d'Oreille, and Salish Tribes is particularly unique and informative. Here, you can learn all about this museum's history, its operations today, its origins within the Harvest Hosts community, and what future visitors can expect to experience.) The People's Center is a beautiful museum building in western Montana.

The History

The People’s Center of the Kootenai and Salish Tribes first opened in 1994 with their exhibit titled, "The First Sun The Beginning." This exhibit consisted of a series of important cultural pieces and has since grown extensively, now spanning about 1,200 square feet. The large display provides visitors with insight into the lives of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai tribes. Because the exhibit works best with traditional use of oral history, visitors may be challenged to understand the exhibit's meaning. To aid in the interpretation of this exhibit, the Center provides scheduled personal guided museum tours, or the use of an audio presentation (which can be started upon your request). The auditory history allows visitors to hear personal stories and tribal history. With a personal guide, or audio portion narrated in Kootenai, Salish, or the English language, a visitor can walk around the small developed room and obtain an idea for what it must have been like before, and after, Europeans entered the country.The center opened in 1994.

The Business Today

In addition to the large, main room exhibit, The People’s Center continues to offer cultural education classes and activities. They offer group tours and activities, with crafting assistance, as well. Occasionally, they even have tribal elders telling stories of the old days, mostly in their native language with translations. They are open on weekdays from September through May and from Monday through Saturday from June through August. Admission is very reasonable, and visitors truly learn a lot during their visits.The People's Center has a variety of indoor and outdoor displays.The People's Center Gift Shop has a beautiful collection of authentic and local, one-of-a-kind Native American artists' work for sale. These include paintings, photos, bead work, painted skulls, jewelry, and more. The items for sale are entirely handcrafted. The gift shop also sells a large selection of beads in cuts, tri-cuts and seeds, along with beading supplies, such as threads, needles, wax and more. The People's Center has a variety of indoor and outdoor displays.

Joining Harvest Hosts

The People’s Center joined the Harvest Hosts program about four years ago, and they have hosted many RVers since. The museum parking lot is quiet and peaceful. This allows RVers to return to their RV for a restful night’s sleep after touring the museum. Museum operators encourage visitors to come and visit for themselves to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai Tribes. They wish for future guests to come and share a part of their lives, their history and their culture through their museum and the rotating exhibits in their education room. Currently, they have three pet-friendly spaces available for RVs less than forty-four feet in length.The People’s Center is an excellent example of the informational and educational experiences that are available through Harvest Hosts. Be sure to check it out if you are visiting Western Montana or headed towards Glacier National Park. The People's Center is a beautiful museum building in western Montana. Have you ever visited The People’s Center? Would you like to visit? Feel free to share in the comments below!

About Harvest Hosts
Harvest Hosts is a unique RV camping membership that offers self-contained RVers unlimited overnight stays at over 8000 small businesses across North America with no camping fees. Boondock at farms, wineries, breweries, attractions, and other one-of-a-kind destinations throughout North America, and you’ll get peace of mind knowing that a safe place to stay is always nearby!
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Sam Leash
Sam is a seasoned traveler and RVer of 4+ years. She loves adventures of all kinds and spends as much time on the road as she can. When not exploring in her RV or writing about her travels, you can find her reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal, caring for her plants, or hiking with her dogs.