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LEWISTOWN – In the heartland of Montana’s “save the cowboy” country, the nonprofit American Prairie has established a state-of-the-art educational center in a historic downtown building.

The National Discovery Center provides a public conference space, lounge, a small movie theater and interactive educational displays to teach visitors about the Eastern Montana prairie, its history and wildlife. This same landscape is where American Prairie is working to establish a large conservation reserve that combines private and public lands.

David Cunningham

TOP: David Cunningham is the executive director of the American Prairie National Discovery Center in Lewistown. ABOVE: Chris La Tray will be giving a talk at the National Discovery Center on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. BELOW: The historic Power Mercantile Building was completed in 1901.

Remodeled

The historic Power Mercantile Building was completed in 1901. In 2018 American Prairie purchased the structure and remodeled it for the nonprofit's National Discovery Center.

Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray will be giving a talk at the National Discovery Center on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

Old safe

An old safe in the conference room is one of the few reminders of the old building's previous use as a mercantile.

Lewistown

Lewistown is geographically in the center of Montana, not far from the Judith Mountains.

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