In 1863, Nickolas Kessler followed the gold rush to Montana. He moved from Bannack to Last Chance Gulch (Helena) in 1865, where he purchased a brewery located on Ten Mile Creek. Kessler's eldest son, Charles N. Kessler, began working at the brewery in 1891 and assumed the presidency of the Kessler Brewing Company in 1901. In 1905 Charles N. Kessler married Sarah Hewett, daughter of Basin banker Marcus L. Hewett. The collection includes photographs of the Kessler and Hewett families and the Kessler Brewery near Helena, Montana.