Biennial  Meeting -- 2021

September 16-19, 2021 (Thursday - Sunday)
Ninepines Lodge, Charlo, Montana

The 2021 Cory Family Society Meeting will be held in Carlo, Montana.

Note venue change. Secretary Carolyn Corey is our local coordinator. Details in upcoming newsletters and below. Contact Carolyn at or Earl Cory with any comments or suggestions.

Ninepipes Lodge- Charlo, Montana is within a wildlife refuge overlooking the Rocky Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. There have a restaurant, conference room, bar and rooms all under one roof.

The Museum next door has American Indian displays and a gift shop.  In addition there are eight other musuems in the area:

Allentown Restaurant has good, reasonably priced food. Excellent bar on premises w/wildlife taxidermy displays.

All of these sites are within 10-20 minutes apart from each other!!


Please fill out the 2021 Online Form or the Printable Registration Form. The online form will be emailed to the event organizer.  If you choose to use the Printable Form, please mail it to:

Carolyn Corey
Four Winds Indian Trading Post
P.O.Box 580
St. Ignatius, MT 59865

Make reservation after January 1, 2021 at the Ninepipes Lodge using your credit card and asking for CORY FAMILY REUNION. This will be at reduced rate. Phone Ninepipes lodge at 406-644-2588 ask for Christy. The lodge has only 25 rooms.

If you wish for the meeting coordinator to make reservations at the lodge, please email her your credit card number and which type of room you would like.  The types of rooms may be seen on the Ninepipes Lodge website.


The Diamond S RV Park is 15 minutes from Charlo, just north of Ronan.

46711 Old US Highway 93
Ronan, MT 59864
Phone: 406-676-2267

Please note: Due to the Corona virus situation, their restrooms are not open. The tent area is closed, and RV's need to be self-contained. Face masks are required inside the office, for anyone five years old and older.



  • Missoula 45 miles away south (50 min drive.)
    Missoula is serviced by all airlines.
    Alaska from LAX, Seattle, Portland.
    American from Dallas, Chicago
    Delta from Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake
    United from SFO, LAX, Chicago, Denver.

  • Kalispell is 78 miles away north

  • Spokane, Washington - 2½ hours west
    Southwest Airlines


Amtrak goes to Whitefish via the Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle. Whitefish is a 1hr 40min drive from Ninepipes Lodge.

Things to do in the area:

  • Glacier National Park - 2½ hour drive – Called the “Crown Jewel” of the North American Continent, Glacier National Park is home to 400-foot waterfalls, 25 glaciers and it’s “going to the Sun” road will take you over the 6,646 foot above seal level Logan Pass.

  • Hiawatha Trail - 1½ hour drive - THE "CROWN JEWEL" OF RAIL-TO-TRAIL ADVENTURES The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike or hike trail is 15 miles long with 10 train tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles. The ride starts with a trip through the 1.661 mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel, also known as the Taft Tunnel. It is a highlight of the trail that follows the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains near Lookout Pass Ski Area. The best part is.... it's mostly downhill with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. This family friendly trail is easily enjoyed by a wide variety of people from young children to super seniors.

  • Hot Springs - 55 minute drive - Years ago, the Pend d’Orielle Indians called the hot springs “big medicine” and relied on the healing powers of the springs. Not much has changed, today thousands of people from around the world come to soak.

  •  Missoula – 51 minute drive - Called Montana’s cultural hub, Missoula is home to 9 historic districts, boutiques, live theater, symphony, and the University of Montana Grizzlies.

  • Kerr Dam – 32 minute drive - Controlling the elevation of Flathead Lake the Kerr Dam’s 204 foot height provides a beautiful view of the Flathead River canyon.

  • Flathead Lake – 25 minute drive - Sail, boat, kayak, canoe, fish and hike (on Wild Horse Island) on Flathead Lake. The largest natural lake in the western U.S. and covering almost 200 square miles, you’ll find plenty to do if you like the water.

  • Miracle of America Museum - 20 minute drive – Ever seen a sheep powered treadmill? How about a motorcycle designed to be parachuted in behind enemy lines? Remember the old drug store soda fountain? The Miracle of America has absolutely something that will be of interest to everyone. To see even half of the exhibits will take a couple of hours.

  • The Peoples Center - 17 minute drive - Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes authentic Native American History, Museum exhibits. "Walt through Time with the original caretakers of this land".


  • Four Winds Trading PostPizza at Four Winds Trading Post. All Historical buildings, store and collections will be open for viewing.
  • Four Winds is the longest operating trading post as well as the oldest in Montana! Shop where the local Indians buy their supplies!! A visit to our old-time store is a trip back in history. Beads, face paint, deer & moose hides, dance bells, real sinew, & porcupine hair roaches (headdresses) are among the authentic goods found at Four Winds. The original log store was built in 1870 by Duncan McDonald & moved from nearby Ravalli to it's present location by Preston Miller almost 40 years ago.

    Find old and new books here about local Indian history as well as about Duncan and his father, Angus, famous local Hudson's Bay trader who built nearby Fort Connah. Today, many of their relatives still trade in the store. Other Indian customers include Flathead, Kutenai, Pend Oreille, Blackfeet, Rocky Boy Cree, Shoshone, and Canadian tribes ie; Cree, Blackfoot, and Sarsi. Your purchases help us encourage & preserve their traditional arts & crafts. The spectacular view of the Mission Range of the Rocky Mountains which the Indians call the "Backbone of the World".

  •  A young bison calf, only a few days old, stands in front of its mother, its rusty red baby coat contrasting with the female’s dark brown hide. Photo taken on April 18, 2014 by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, NBR/USFWSCar pool – National Bison Range tour - ½ hour away we could also see elk bugling, antelope, bears
  • President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Bison Range on May 23, 1908 when he signed legislation authorizing funds to purchase suitable land for the conservation of bison. It was the first time that Congress appropriated tax dollars to buy land specifically to conserve wildlife. The overall mission of the National Bison Range is to maintain a representative herd of bison, under reasonably natural conditions, to ensure the preservation of the species.

    The original herd of bison released in 1909 was purchased with private money raised by the American Bison Society and then donated to the Refuge. Today, 250-300 bison call this refuge home. To keep track of herd health, the Refuge conducts an annual Bison capture. And to ensure the herd is in balance with their habitat, surplus bison are donated and/or sold live.

  • Tour of St. Ignatius Mission and Museum-this is an old Jesuit mission founded in 1854
  • The St. Ignatius Mission is a landmark Roman Catholic mission founded at its present location, St. Ignatius, Montana, in 1854 by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet and Father Adrian Hoecken. The current mission church was built between 1891 and 1893, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

    This Catholic Church is unique because its walls and ceilings have 58 original paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano on them. The Mission Mountain Range is a beautiful backdrop of scenery behind the Mission Church. The church is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We have two very special paintings of the Salish Lord and Lord's mother (in Native American form) that are located in the back of the Mission.

    Next to the Mission, we have a museum and gift shop that displays Mission and Indian artifacts and sells religious items. We also have the log home which was the original Sisters' residence when they first arrived.

  • Ninepipes Museum of Early MontanaTour of Ninepipes Indian Museum

    The museum is named after a highly respected Bitterroot Salish leader, Chief Joseph (Nganta) Ninepipes (1820-1871). The museum contains a wealth of early photos, artifacts and antiques representing more than a century of life on the Flathead Indian Reservation and in Montana. The Museum is one of western Montana’s finest treasures.

    TThe nearby Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is also named after Joseph Ninepipes. Some early historical documents show the English version of his name pluralized with an ‘s’, but in later years the family dropped the ‘s’ and went by “Ninepipe.” Joseph was a war pipe holder, a prestigious honor, and the probable story behind the name Nine (X’nut) Pipe (Senme), is that he was part of nine successful war parties or horse-stealing parties. A pipe belonging to the Ninepipe family, along with other artifacts, can be seen in the first hall of the museum.

  • Fort Connah, Montana courtesy Fort WikiLocated Tour of Fort Connah (HBC) Trading Post
    A Hudson Bay Company Trading Post 1846 - 1871.  (Not open to the public but we will get a private tour and recieve a brief history.)

    Fort Connah, located in the Mission Valley of Western Montana, was the last Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post built in what is now the United States. The post, which was previously known as the Salish House and started by David Thompson, was constructed by Angus McDonald in 1847 at its current location. The southernmost post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Fort Connah, Montana was established in the summer of 1846 by Neil McArthur as the Flathead Indian post. It was named after the Scottish River, Connen.

  • in the Mission Valley, the trading post, which consisted of three buildings, was built by Angus McDonald and his assistant George Simpson Jr. in 1847.

    Angus McDonald’s Nez Perce wife Catherine joined him that fall with her newborn daughter Christina. They remained at the fort until he was promoted and transferred to Fort Colvile, Washington in 1852.

    The fort was then taken over by his son, Duncan McDonald. By 1871, the fur trade era had ended and Fort Connah was closed by Angus' son Duncan in 1872, marking the end of the fur trade in the United States.

    Today, there is one remaining original building from the original trading post that continues to stand. It is believed to be the oldest standing building in Montana and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Fort Connah Historic Site also includes two historic log cabins that were moved to the site which replicate the buildings that once made-up the original trading post. it is located between St. Ignatius and Charlo, Montana on US Highway 93. 

Thursday Evening, September 16, 2021: Arrival and Check in

  • Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm
    Pick up final information at front desk.
    Meet and greet around 5:00 pm in the hotel’s Lounge.
    Dinner on your own.

Friday, September 17, 2021:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    8:30 am – Depart hotel lobby and bus to first event
    9:00 am - First Event
    12:00 am - Lunch
    1:55 pm - Depart for Second Event
    2:00 pm - Second Event
    4:00 pm - Depart for hotel
    7:00 pm – Group Dinner

Saturday, September 18, 2021:

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    8:30 am – Depart hotel lobby and bus to first event
    9:00 am - First Event
    12:00 am - Lunch
    1:55 pm - Depart for Second Event
    2:00 pm - Second Event
    4:00 pm - Depart for hotel
    7:00 pm – Group Dinner

Sunday, September 19, 2021; Brunch at the Hotel followed by annual meeting

  • Breakfast at hotel.
    12:00 Check Out
    12:00 pm – Lunch/Annual Meeting in Conference Room at the hotel
    2:30 pm - Adjourn and say goodbyes

Biennial Meeting Agenda
September 19, 2021

  1. Introduction of Members
  2. Thank You to our host - Carolyn Corey
  3. Reading of Minutes - Carolyn Corey
  4. Treasurer's Report - Christina Cory
  5. Genealogy Report - Thomas Corey
  6. DNA Research Report - Thomas Corey
  7. Website and Database Report - Earl Cory
  8. Future of Society
  9. Location and date for next Cory Family Reunion, Pacific Grove, California, Summer 2023
  10. Approval for expensing of the meeting
  11. Adjournment