Local Author John Fraley at the Northwest Montana History Museum's Annual Holiday Open House


Though the first snows of the season have already fallen, it is never too early to begin planning your next adventure in Montana’s rugged backcountry. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 4th, from 4 to 7pm , when local author and historian John Fraley treks to the Northwest Montana History Museum to sign copies of his BRAND NEW historic collection Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness!

Follow author John Fraley as he traces the lives and times of past and present heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, from old-timers like Joe Murphy, to Smoke Elser, and on to the present. Over the past century, these heroes have ridden, packed, and hiked from one end of the Bob to the other, and they’ve helped make the wilderness what it is today. You’ll ride along on horse and mule treks and wrecks, and discover the sport of trout wrangling. You’ll meet the fluorescent hunter, White River Sue, and the black-clad backpacker. You’ll battle packrats, fish-eating deer, tricky bears, and a tree-hugging criminal. Sit back and read about a dog rescue, smokejumper adventures, kids raised in the wilderness, and the first study of grizzlies in the Bob. Witness a tense moose-lassoing rodeo, and meet a backcountry rooster named Bob Marshall, the first live chicken to attempt a traverse of the Bob. The heroes in this book have ridden and hiked hundreds of thousands of miles through the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Now, come along with them and celebrate their contributions, their challenges, and their fun times.

John Fraley is always happy to chat about all of his books, which ( in addition to the new Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness) include 2018’s Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers (see back cover) and last year’s re-release of A Woman’s Way West. All three books are available in the Museum's Schoolbell Books & Gifts, so this is the perfect chance to pick up an autographed copy for your own personal library. They also make outstanding Christmas gifts!

Admission to the event is free. With the holiday season right around the corner, and for the evening of the 4th only, the Northwest Montana Historical Society is offering 10% off everything in the on-site Schoolbell Books & Gifts (including John’s books)! Finally, the Museum will be serving up some FREE festive holiday ice-cream floats (for the adults and for the kids) in a safe and socially-distant setting to cap off the night.

Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, November 24,  7pm

Sullivan's Travels  (1941)

John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrae) is a profitable and successful director of screwball comedies, but is aiming higher - he wants to direct acclaimed dramas. In order to truly embrace his destiny, Sullivan goes undercover as a tramp, running headlong into a host of complications to his plan (including Veronica Lake). Though searching for serious drama, Sullivan finds only a comedy of errors.



History Book Club

Wednesday, December 2, 2:00pm

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.






Quilting Class at the Northwest Montana History Museum

The Northwest Montana History Museum’s popular Quilting Class is returning just in time for the fall weather! The class will be meeting at the Museum every other Wednesday through November from 1 to 4 pm. With the world still a little topsy-turvy, there has never been a better time to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby, or perhaps create a special something for friends or loved ones near and far.

September 23

October 7

October 21

November 4

November 18

Anybody interested can attend any or all weeks, as the class is completely free and open to the public. Participants can be complete beginners or experienced quilters looking to learn tips and new skills for projects, or looking for fellowship with fellow quilters. Swatches and tools are provided, although participants should feel free to bring anything they would like to use. The classes will take place in one of the large event halls upstairs in the Museum and will be following social-distancing health guidelines. The workshop is led by local quilter and Museum volunteer Betty Jo Malone, and, after a month off, will be returning on a similar schedule in January. Any questions can be directed to Betty Jo at 406-755-6323.