In February 2008, Penny Redli started her position as Executive Director at the Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, Montana. She is responsible for overseeing the entire operation of the museum. In the last two years she has re-organized all exhibits as well as developed many new exhibits and has tenaciously worked on making this County museum a visible cultural facility. In 2009, the museum completed an Institute of Museum and Library Services Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant of which Kay Karol Horse Capture, CAP Conservator, stated, “It is definitely one of the better small town museums. The integrity of the place is so high. They shoot for the highest standards.” Prior to the Museum of the Beartooths, Penny was Executive Director of the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum in Red Lodge for nine years. During her time at the Carbon County Museum, she filled the newly renovated building with exhibits, organized the move of the archives and artifacts, and assisted in the continuing effort to develop this small hometown museum into a first class museum. Prior to working with museums, she was a rodeo photographer and worked for 12 years for Coleman Gallery and Studio in Red Lodge, as photographers assistant, museum framing and matting, and hanging photography shows. Redli is a fourth generation Carbon County resident who is proud of her Finnish heritage.
Penny has been on the Museums Association of Montana (MAM) Board of Directors for eight years to assist in promoting professionalism to Montana’s museums. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer and was the annual conference chair for five years. In 2010 & 2011, along with two MAM board members, she traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for Montana’s museums at the American Association of Museum’s Museum Advocacy Days. In 2002, the Montana Historical Society appointed her to the 16 member Cultural & Aesthetics Projects Advisory Committee that reviews all Cultural Trust Grants and makes funding recommendations to the Montana Legislature. In 2008, she was appointed chair of the committee. She thoroughly enjoys serving in this capacity and following up on many of the projects around Montana that were assisted with funding from the Cultural Trust Grant.
Museum of the Beartooths
PO Box 1
Columbus, MT 59019