Washington Foundation donates $25M to Montana Heritage Center


Dennis and Phyllis Washington at event in 2015.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has donated $25 million to the Montana Historical Society for the construction of the new $81 million Montana Heritage Center in Helena, officials said Thursday, covering a funding shortfall due to increasing construction costs and supply shortages.

The donation from the Missoula-based foundation is the largest gift in the historical society’s history, state officials said.

It will help cover construction costs of the Montana Heritage Center, upgrades to the existing 70-year-old Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building that houses the current museum, and landscaping of native plants, a sensory garden, and trails tying together the entire Montana Heritage Center campus.

Dennis Washington said in a news release that he was honored to join with the Montana Historical Society in realizing their vision of an “inspiring space filled with images, objects, and artifacts that illustrate Montana’s rich history and true spirit and character.”

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