Story Mansion Exterior Painting Progress!

The great crew from Pace Painting has been working hard on the Mansion and it’s looking good! Here’s a few shots of the painters hard at work… Thanks guys for helping us restore this old building’s exterior to BEAUTIFUL!

Want to help us get to the finish line on our effort to help the city cover the rather large cost of the painting and repairs? It’s easy to donate via our website here:

Want to get involved in our mission to promote this great old building as a vibrant community center full of arts, culture, charity, and childrens’ events? Drop us a line at storymansionfriends@gmail.com!

Where ya gonna go? … Story Under the Stars! Who ya gonna see? … GHOSTBUSTERS!

Grab your friends, family, and picnic blankets this Saturday evening, August 20th, and meet us at the Story Mansion for an awesome outdoor screening of the classic original version of Ghostbusters!

The 13th Annual Story Under the Stars film screening is absolutely FREE to all members of the public.  We’ll be on the beautiful grounds of the Story Mansion Park, located at the corner of South Willson Avenue and College Avenue.

Projected on a mighty 40 foot inflatable outdoor screen, this year’s family-friendly presentation is the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and Ernie Hudson.  It tells the story of a group of unemployed parapsychologists who go into business as professional ghost neutralizers.  And guess who’s under attack by supernatural demons?  New York City!  This film is rated PG and runs 105 minutes.

Come early to enjoy a SLIME STATION for the kids, a demonstration of GHOST-HUNTING EQUIPMENT by Bozeman Paranormal Society, TOURS of the Story Mansion, FOOD TRUCKS with good eats and ice cream, and a presentation on GHOSTS OF BOZEMAN’S PAST by the Extreme History Project.

This event is brought to you by the Bozeman Film Society, the Friends of the Story Mansion, and the City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation Department. SEE YOU THERE!!! 

Help Bozeman and the Friends Repair and Repaint the Mansion!

We’re thrilled to announce that after many years of deferred maintenance..

The City of Bozeman has allocated funds to REPAINT and REPAIR the exterior of the STORY MANSION this summer!

There’s just one small problem… The sole bid that the city received to perform the maintenance and painting work the Mansion desperately needs was much higher than the City’s budget allocation for the work.

As of this blog post, we are about $20,000 short.

The Friends of the Story Mansion are seeking help from the Bozeman Community to make up for the deficit.  The FOSM is asking you, as a concerned citizen, to consider making a financial donation to help beautify and protect the exterior of the Mansion.  Could you give $5 or $25 or $50 or $100 or more to help us close the gap?

As you can see from our photos… We’ve got some scraping, patching, and painting to do!

Please donate to the FOSM’s effort to close the funding gap and get the mansion looking its best again by writing out a check, for whatever amount that you can make, to “Friends of the Story Mansion” and in the memo section of your check please note “Fund to Paint the Mansion.”  Send your check to Friends of the Story Mansion, P.O. Box 6271, Bozeman, Montana 59771

Or… Join the Friends of the Story Mansion! Your $25 contribution to join the Friends will help us get the word out about all of the exciting events happening at this terrific Bozeman landmark property.

Mark your calendar!

Friends of the Story Mansion is a volunteer group that works with the City of Bozeman to raise awareness and funding for the renovation and upkeep of the historical gem, the Story Mansion. We think the mansion is a diamond-in-the-rough just waiting for the right tenant match that will really make this jewel shine! Until that special organization or community group is found, the Friends will continue to work to raise money for second and third floor renovations. Give Big is just one way YOU can help!

We all have causes we care about, and Give Big is the perfect way for you to support FOSM and help us build a foundation that will carry this piece of Bozeman history into the future!

Go here to donate Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6:https://www.givebiggv.org/organizations/the-friends-of-the-story-mansion


Random Acts of Silliness presents…

Friends of the Story Mansion is excited to share that Bozeman’s favorite creators of magic and wackiness, Random Acts of Silliness, is presenting an installation called Cabinets of Curiosity at the Story Mansion from through May 8. You will be delighted and transported by these tiny cabinets of wonder holding space in the magical Story Mansion!

Visiting hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10-5,

Friday-Sunday 10-7, closed Mondays

Groups of 15 or more require a reservation to visit this exhibit.

Please email hello@randomactsofsilliness.com or call 406.600.2184 to secure your spot. If your group does not make a reservation, you may be required to wait for entry.

Click here for more information: https://www.randomactsofsilliness.com/cabinets-of-curiosity

Photo by Doug Loneman
Photo by Doug Loneman

Victorian Holiday Tea

Victorian Holiday Tea is being planned for December 2021. This period experience takes place in the gracious rooms of the first floor.  In coming months, check the Current Events page for details about making reservations with the City for this delightful event.

Tea Poster
Photo Credits to Jodi Rasker