Ravalli County Museum Staff



Tamar Stanley, Executive Director

As director, Tamar Stanley is at the forefront of all Museum activity. She oversees the operations and all aspects of the Museum experience.

“Building relationships, fostering a sense of place, and communication is the key to my everyday activities, ensuring that we meet our mission and fulfill the role given us.”

“I love seeing the reactions and interactions of the families and visitors that come through.  When I can see that they have found an exhibit compelling or have learned something new, that makes my day worthwhile.”




Sarah Monson, Marketing Executive

Sarah creates the graphics, branding and advertising for the Museum, as well as interpretations for exhibits.  She also undertakes the challenge of logistics, policies, vendor management and coordination for major events.

“To take a concept through the research process, then through the creative process and end up with a piece designed to delight and educate our audience is what makes my job so enjoyable.  Add that to the interaction that takes place with such a wonderful group of staff and volunteers who are dedicated, warm and friendly, and who wouldn’t want to work here?”





Bill Whitfield, Historian/Archivist

Bill is our resident history “know-it-all.”  If you need to know a piece of history, he can tell you about it.  When he’s not in the archives room, you’ll find him either in the collections vaults, or helping create exhibits, or give tours…

He is also a published author, having written and published “Montana Ghost Towns and Gold Camps” and “The Ram’s Horn Medicine Tree and Other Stories of Western Montana.” (Stoneydale Press). Both are available in the Museum’s Gift Shop.

“Time moves forward through life, but history allows us to stop the clock and turn back the hands of time.  Every day I come into the Museum, I have the opportunity to glimpse the past… it’s like having my very own time machine!”



Tara Ghallagher

Tara Gallagher, Archives & Collections

The tasks that Tara has her hands in varies widely, from helping patrons with research, to improving our archival processes, to writing grants and caring for our collections.

“An out-of-state couple came in looking for any information about the woman’s connection to a family with the surname “Platt.” We were able to help them extensively, because early Bitterroot resident Hiram Platt figured prominently in our then-recently created Civil War veterans exhibit.

Before the couple left, the man came to the counter and said he couldn’t express how much it meant to his wife to find these pieces of her family’s story. He reached across the counter, touched my cheek, and said, “Bless you.”



Paula Frickey

Paula Frickey, Accounting Contractor

Paula handles all the phases of accounting for the Museum.  When she’s not knee deep in financial documents and number crunching, Paula volunteers her time doing other Museum tasks.

“I love being part of a team of incredibly talented staff and volunteers, the great community activities and events, and helping with the creation of such fascinating exhibits!  It’s the experience of doing something worthwhile.  Every day at the Museum is exciting!”




Brynn Dubose, Administrative Assistant

Brynn handles all new memberships for the museum along with donations and sponsorships. She will be working with the community to educate on what the museum offers and is driven by  her love of history and people.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is a great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”





Sandy Seik, Custodial & Fabrication

Along with keeping everything clean and in good working order, Sandy takes care of many behind the scenes tasks such as the installation of exhibits, event set up, and helping fabricate interpretive pieces and signage.

There’s never a task that Sandy is unwilling to jump in and do.  His joyful nature and peaceful attitude adds to the value of our cohesive working environment.


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Larry Anderson, Reception

Larry comes to us through Experience Works program. He not only gives a warm welcome to guests as they come into our front doors, but he is active in many other departments within the museum and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

“The opportunity to meet people who visit here, and work with a staff of very knowledgable and capable people is a joy and a blessing.”



 Dan Hirst

Dan Hirst, Administrative Assistant

Dan comes from Experience Works, and works in the museums archives to modify and advance the database. You can also see him working around the museum at events, working in fabrication and also helping with maintenance.

“Working at the museum is a unique experience I could only enjoy by understanding the past (our history) to help me understand the Present and hopefully, to help guide me into the Future without the hurdles and hardships our Forefathers had to confront and weather.”



Sandra Orr, Reception

Sandra comes from Experience Works and is placed at the front desk, cheerfully welcoming guests and providing assistance with any needs they may have. Working to support other departments within the museum, she also completes miscellaneous projects and also enjoys helping work the Farmers Market booth!

“I love museums – the exhibits and events are so nice. It has been great, working with such a friendly and dedicated staff and volunteers.”


Nancy Joy Valk, Educator/Artist

Nancy Joy is our resident educator and artist here at the museum. Her duties include: organizing, planning, and implementing educational programming, curating fascinating exhibits for children of all ages, and providing engaging educational materials!

“I delight in researching and writing comprehensive lesson plans for imaginative S.T.E.A.M. activities. The child in me emerges as I create samples and facilitate hands-on learning experiences focused on creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.”



Lani Augustine, Marketing Assistant

Lani came to the museum as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2017. She now works primarily with social media, outreach, and marketing.

There is nothing more fascinating to me than becoming entirely absorbed in a story — somebody’s story — and, for a brief moment, feeling like I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost friend.”



Claire Zebrowski, Collections Assistant


Claire works in collections, processing and preserving donations, as well as maintaining collection items. When she isn’t working with important objects, she is helping out in other areas of the museum.

“My work here draws me into the community — whether it’s the weekly market with my neighbors, or the historical community with all their memories we get to share. I love it and couldn’t think of anything more fulfilling.” 



DeeDee Armstrong, Volunteer Coordinator

DeeDee Armstrong, Volunteer Coordinator


DeeDee came to us through Experience Works, and works with the museum through coordinating volunteers for events, as well as requesting and receiving donations.

“The Museum is a source of continuous learning — meeting people, getting to participate in special events.”

The mission of the Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.