About Us

High Line Heritage Resources

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A warm welcome to beautiful, historic Havre and Hill County, Montana!  We invite you to take a step back in time and experience Havre’s exciting history, from our wild and wooly days through it’s refinement during the early twentieth century, and its progress through the mid-twentieth century. Our Historic Havre Strolls and History Among the Headstones tours are worth your time and offers insight into Havre’s history you will not get at any other historic site in town. Our tours are carefully researched for accuracy, with the truth always more interesting than fiction!

We also offer two popular local history books, photographs and research services. We will be releasing the first of our DVD series of Havre’s history in the autumn of 2019. Please check back for details!

We invite you to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May and Living History in June.

We have the highest possible standards, and we achieve those high standards with every tour we conduct, every tea party and dining experience we offer, every research project we contract, and every book we publish.  We are proud to be the high standard bearer of area history and proud of the work we accomplish.  You will not find better tours about Havre and Hill County’s history anywhere!

High Line Heritage Resources is a proud member of the Havre Convention and Visitors Bureau, Friends of the Conrad Mansion, Museums Association of Montana, Montana Historical Society, Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society, Hands of Harvest, National Women’s History Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Havre Main Street Committee, Havre Chamber of Commerce and its Events and Business Development Committees.

We Also Offer

Events

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month 2019 throughout the month of May with us!  Plans are underway for this year’s celebration. The preservation of our history is at the heart of what we do, so come celebrate our shared heritage with us. Please check back for this year’s schedule of events.

In conjunction with Living History Day on June 1, we will be offering our Notable Citizens History Among the Headstones tours Sunday, June 2 through Thursday June 5, weather permitting! Plans are underway for a Passport to History offering, complete with a prize drawing. Please check back for details. Cost for the tour is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 5 are free with accompanying adult.

Teas

Our popular tea parties carry on Mrs. Boone’s tradition of gracious hospitality in an elegant and intimate setting.  Please check our website for future planned events, or if you wish to host your own small gathering, please call us and we can discuss the possibilities! We are proud to be the first to revive silver (fundraising) tea parties in Havre-we’re so good, others have followed our lead!

Miss Emily is a Certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant and offers Tea and Etiquette classes for those interested in the gentle art of taking tea.  Please contact us for more information and to set up your course, tailored for adults who wish to expand their knowledge of this time-honored, elegant tradition.

Christmas at the Cottage

The Cottage, as the Boone/Dalrymple home is affecionately named, is one of only a precious handful of homes in Havre that has experienced Christmas during three centuries: the nineteenth, twentieth and now the twenty-first. We may revive this event in the future; please check back for details.

Specialty Tours

We offer specialty tours on occasion. Past offerings were English Cream Tea tours and Wine and Hors d’oeuvres tours. Please check back for future special events!

HUMAN RESOURCE CONSULTATION

Emily Mayer served for 15 years as Hill County’s trusted human resources professional, successfully pioneering the position for county government whose duties were of a Human Resources Director capacity.  Her impeccable service, highly qualified experience and detailed knowledge of human resources is now available to governments, not-for-profits, private businesses and employees via contract.  She can manage your human resources needs including interviews, new hire orientation, policy and procedure, FMLA, ADA, EEO/AA, job descriptions, discipline, conflict resolution, grievances, safety, and much more. Miss Mayer is working on various human resources training programs for business owners, managers, supervisors, board members, volunteers and employees.  Miss Mayer’s professionalism, knowledge, expertise and experience is highly respected in county government and throughout the Havre area by fellow professionals in the employment and business industry. Please check this website for training offerings in the near future. Disclaimer: Emily Mayer is not an attorney. Please contact your legal counsel for situations that require their assistance.

About Our Curator

Miss Emily Ann Mayer is a member of one of Hill County’s oldest families.  Her love for Havre and Hill County history started during her childhood, fostered by her family and friends who were aware of Miss Emily’s love for her hometown’s history and passion for its historic buildings.  She attended Havre Public Schools and is a Havre High School graduate.  She earned her Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree from Montana State University-Northern, and later that year earned the Outstanding Young Montanan Award from the Montana JayCees, due in no small part to her efforts in preserving local history.  She has earned a certificate from the Asheford Institute of Antiques (2008), is an official certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant through the Dorothea Johnson Tea and Etiquette Masterclass (2009) and has successfully earned a ServSafe Certificate for Managers (2015).

Miss Emily’s resume of local history and historic preservation accomplishments is impressive.  She guided tours of Havre Beneath the Streets and Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump and managed the Clack Museum for several years and was hired in March 2018 to manage the Clack Museum and Buffalo Jump; served on the Clack Museum Foundation during the historic old Havre post office Heritage Center project; served on the Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association board and guided tours of that historic site for many years, as well as participating in the Old Forts Trail Association and has now returned to both groups; dependably served Hill County on the Russell Country Tourism Board of Directors (now Central Montana Tourism) for seven years; served on the Havre Chamber Tourism Committee for several years and has also returned to that committee; and was instrumental in creating the Havre Historic Preservation Commission, generously volunteering her time as Historic Preservation Officer and successfully included Hill County in the Commission before resigning her position after five years of dedicated service.  Miss Emily subsequently took her love of local history and historic preservation and founded High Line Heritage Resources so she could focus on her tours, write local history books and accomplish other goals she set for her business, and Havre and Hill County have benefitted tremendously due to her tireless efforts. Miss Emily writes a local history column for the Havre Daily News. She hosts the Havre Area History Almanac broadcast on KNMC 90.1 FM and serves as Secretary for the Havre Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Havre Chamber Events Committee. Miss Emily loves working on preserving local history, especially her two historic homes, and has dedicated her life to what she loves doing for the community.

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“Those who do not preserve the past, cannot teach the future.  A picture is a poor substitute for the real building or site.  Once history is gone, it is gone for good, and we need to save what little we have left, so the future may learn from the past.  I believe it is very important, and I have made it my life’s work to preserve Hill County, Montana’s history where and when I can!”

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision: We will continue to serve as the leading and trusted source of and for the preservation of Hill County Montana’s history and be an active participant in tourism and cultural activities.

Our Mission: We are leaders in local history and historic preservation and provide the best tours, research, publications, productions, and cultural/commemorative events in Hill County, Montana, for the preservation, restoration and operation of the High Line Heritage House Museum.


ABC Fox Montana, Reporter Taylor Chase

Our History

2005

High Line Heritage Resources was founded by Miss Emily Ann Mayer.  She started by offering three different guided tours of the Havre Residential Historic District, modeled after her successful 2001 self-guided walking tour map of the same area.  The following year, she added Old Downtown Havre tours to her offerings, as well as a combination Old Townsite/Downtown tour.  In 2010, History Among the Headstones tours of local cemeteries was included, furthering Miss Emily’s love and passion for all things historic in Hill County, Montana.

2012

Miss Emily’s dream of 27 years was finally realized during Hill County’s Centennial year-a house museum for her beloved hometown!  The High Line Heritage House Museum opened its doors in the historic Boone/Dalrymple home, her circa 1895 Victorian era home affectionately referred to as The Cottage.  With that, the revival of traditional tea parties was started in Havre, as well as Christmas At The Cottage in December.

2016

The goal of High Line Heritage Resources has always been to raise money to restore the historic Mathews home. Tours have been temporarily suspended to perform the necessary preservation, restoration and rehabilitation work to this “diamond in the rough”, and the potential for this historic home is endless. Visitors will learn about the Mathews family, their servants and boarders, and what life was like during the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Havre’s early days.  The neighboring historic Boone/Dalrymple home, Havre’s oldest, is also a part of the goal to preserve Havre’s irreplaceable and valuable history. Miss Emily continues to give her visitors high quality and entertaining tours of early Havre as well as sharing her passion and dream of restoring both homes to their former glory for future generations to study and enjoy.