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Welcome to our MMI Web site. This site offers you the opportunity to learn more about Molesworth Montana Institute, founded in 1974. To learn more about us, select any item in our top menu. If you have comments or questions, let us know by email or letter. Thanks for visiting and be sure to check back often for updated information, photos, and news.

MMI Curators Polly & Tony Ostheimer



We’re preserving intact what may be the last of Thomas C. Molesworth’s Old Lodge commissions in Montana. We’ll also be offering workshops, classes, books, a photo album, Molesworthy ideas, and a free locator map. Will you help us by donating money to MMI, subscribing to MMI’s membership, or volunteering at MMI?

Contact Us

Contact us using the information below to learn more about how you can benefit from our services. Main Contact:

“Tony” Ostheimer
Ostheimers’ Old Lodge
53503 Molesworth Lane
St. Ignatius, Montana
59865 United StatesPhone Number: 406-745-4125
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About Us

At Molesworth Montana Institute, our focus is on preserving Molesworth’s originals and advancing his styles. Get in touch with us today. We are located in the Mission Valley of northwestern Montana.

See also: vision and motivation for MMI.

How Can We Assist You?

Are you planning a new home, guest house, cabin, lodge, or bed & breakfast, in Western American style? Are you wanting to build western style furniture, decor, lamps, or chandeliers? Are you already in touch with the Molesworth Cowboy and Indian style of bringing the Great American West inside the home, or want to be? Join MMI as a member and share in this wonderful part of Americana!

Memberships in, Donations to, Volunteering for, MMI

MMI is in process of being incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Depending on the level of interest, tax-deductible permanent or annual paid memberships may be offered to interested parties at the following US-dollar ($) levels:

1-Time Fee


$10 $100


$100 $1,000


$1,000 $10,000


$10,000 $100,000


$100,000 $1,000,000

… Or MMI will accept monetary gifts of any amount at any time from non-governmental sources. MMI is a labor of love those of us who appreciate, advance, and preserve T C Molesworth’s art in Montana and America. Consequently, burdening taxpayers in our endeavors is undesirable.

To volunteer your expertise, craftsmanship, labor, or talent to MMI, please contact us in advance of the conservation, restoration, preservation, or cleaning project in which you are interested. Ideas for volunteer projects at MMI include:

MMI Volunteer Project Seasons
John Deere tractor and farm implement restoration. Spring, summer, autumn.
Wildlife mount cleaning and preservation. All year.
Woodwork, furniture, art, shade, drape, rug, etc cleaning, preservation, and restoration inside. All year.
Roofing, soffit, and siding repair or replacement. Spring, summer, autumn.
Planners, counselors, and mentors for children’s summer camps and teenagers’ workshops at MMI, to teach respect for nature and good conservation practices on farms and ranches. All year.
Researchers to document all T C Molesworth originals made and their current dispositions.
Photograph existing Molesworth originals, paint likenesses of lost Molesworth originals, and write the definitive reference book about Thomas Canada Molesworth’s art & artform.
Research – about 5 years.
Photography, paintings, and book authoring – about 2 years.

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