on their WORLD PREMIERE Weekend

There can only be one world premiere, and Great Falls is caught in the excitement of bringing the original cowboy artist, Charlie Russell, to the big screen. Join us for two fun-filled days as we Raise the Roof for the Russells and end with the very first public screening of the inspiring Montana PBS film C.M. Russell and the American West.

Tickets are on sale now for our September 8-9 celebration events. Help us Raise the Roof for the Russells! For tickets call (406) 727-1939


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September 8 | 11 a.m. | C.M. Russell Museum | FREE

The C.M. Russell Museum is proud to reveal and open to the public the Frederic G. and Ginger K. Renner Research Center, a space newly re-modeled and dedicated to better preserving museum history and enabling research accessibility. Improvements in cataloguing, archiving and lighting are combined with a quiet reading and work room conducive to research and collection security. A selection of artifacts and rare books from the Renner collection will be placed on display in the reading room, including furniture and decorations from Frederic Renner’s home office.

September 8 | 4 p.m. | C.M. Russell Museum | Members Only

Oswald Leroy Strand (1919–2016) made his way from Iowa to Geyser, Montana. He was a rancher, an honored U.S. Army veteran, art collector and a generous supporter to both the Geyser public schools and the C.M. Russell Museum. Before we Raise the Roof for the Russells at the evening fundraising auction, please join us for an exclusive Member Preview of The Leroy Strand Collection of art that consists of 376 objects with 280 sculptures and 96 paintings and drawings. Look for sculptures by local Great Falls artist Jay Contway as well as a number of regional artists. Strand’s collection reflects his love of Montana landscapes, wildlife, rodeo and the cowboy way of life.

In 1899, Charlie and Nancy Russell bought two lots in Great Falls from Josephine Trigg’s father, Albert J. Triggs. Josephine Trigg became a friend, neighbor and admirer of Russell’s talent. Join us for an exclusive Member Preview before the auction to uncover the stories behind The Emma Josephine Trigg Collection. This reinstallation, in the original Trigg gallery, maps the life of Josephine and the Trigg family, her unique relationship with both Charlie and Nancy Russell, and how her gifts from Charlie became the foundation of the C.M. Russell Museum complex and gallery.

September 8 | 6 p.m. | C.M. Russell Museum | $50

The Russell House and Studio were the initial seeds of the great complex the museum has become today. They tell the story of Charlie and Nancy as no other structure can, giving context to their intimate partnership and to the art created and sold within their walls. Join us for a Raise the Roof for the Russells event and auction. Funds raised will be dedicated to preserve, interpret and share this National Historic Landmark and Charlie and Nancy’s story for generations to come.


Click Here to >>> VIEW/DOWNLOAD the 2017 Absentee BID FORM <<< for the Raise the Roof Auction


September 9 | 2 p.m. | C.M. Russell Museum | FREE

The Russell Riders Sculpture Garden, a vision and project of the long-standing Charlie Russell Riders Foundation, is now the home for Black Timber Bugler, by Tim Shinabarger. Join us as we dedicate this impressive addition of a larger-than-life bronze elk calling to the wild. The sculpture is an exciting complement to Russell’s The Exalted Ruler painting that hangs inside the museum. The garden is a free and permanent installation to be enjoyed all year at the museum.

September 9 | 3 p.m. | C.M. Russell Museum | $25

Presented by Benefis Health System

Mix and mingle with Charlie fans and start Raising the Roof for the Russells before the World Premiere of Charlie’s documentary. Our authentic cowboy-style lunch will leave you happy and ready to enjoy the show. As a Chuck Wagon guest you will have a dedicated seating area at the theater - you can be sure to get your fill and still get a great seat. Cash bar provided.

September 9 | 5 p.m. | Mansfield Performing Arts Center | $100

Experience a touch of Hollywood in Great Falls at our VIP Access Party before the World Premiere of Charlie’s Montana PBS documentary. Special guests will be on hand to share their passion for the project that will Raise the Roof for The Russells and bring Charlie’s story to the world. Reserved seating at the premiere is included and space is very limited. Advanced tickets required.

September 9 | 6 p.m. | Mansfield Theater | FREE

Presented by Benefis Health System

The World Premiere of the Montana PBS documentary C.M. Russell and the American West can only happen once and it can only happen surrounded by Charlie’s biggest fans in Great Falls, Montana. Don’t miss your chance to see Charlie’s remarkable story and timeless message for the first time in the very place that he found his heart, his home and his inspiration. Help us Raise the Roof for the Russells at this historic event at the Mansfield Theater.

Community Promotional Partners who have helped bring this captivating Montana PBS film about Charlie Russell to Great Falls include: Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, C.M. Russell Museum, Montana PBS, University of Great Falls, Great Falls College-MSU, Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls International Airport, City of Great Falls, Central Montana Tourism, and Benefis Health System.

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