Away in a manger: Religious display at Montana Capitol was one of 43 nationwide

Phil Drake

A manger display that was in front of the state Capitol from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 was sponsored by a Helena businessman and made Montana one of 43 state Capitols nationwide to have such displays.

The Nativity scene included a simple wooden manger that featured Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus from the Bible, along with an angel watching over them. Helena businessman Dan Wing applied for the permit with the state, making this the third year the manger has graced the Capitol grounds.

The manger scene included statues of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus from the Bible, along with an angel watching over them. 

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Wing said several years ago he got a call from a friend who said they had heard of a group called American Nativity Scene/Ascension Across America that is promoting having a manger scene on the grounds of every state Capitol nationwide.

The friend, who lives in Billings, told Wing they could not do it and wondered if he’d be interested.

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