Tales of Alpha Grizzlies and Apollo 11 Bookend the 2020 John White Speaker Series



18th Annual John White Speaker Series at the Northwest Montana History Museum!

Each winter, the John White Series offers Museum supporters and the Northwest Montana community a chance to escape the frigid weather, enjoy fellowship with other Series-goers over a cup of coffee or cookie, and learn something new about the world around us.

January 12 - Leading off the 2020 John White Series, and for the 20th Anniversary reprinting of his book A Woman’s Way West, author John Fraley is pleased to share the inside scoop about the intriguing life of Doris Huffine. Using many hours of tape recordings, numerous journals, and a great deal of research, Fraley has pieced together the story of Doris' early life in Iowa, her fateful meeting with husband Dan, and their love story, which is also very much a work story--a tale of building a life together while at the same time helping to shape the Crown of the Continent.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!! January 26 - Fire has always been an intrinsic part of the NW Montana forest with the potential to be a positive influence or a devastating, destructive event. Longtime forest fire consultant Rick Trembath will blend the ecology, behavior, and encompassing effects of fire into his presentation concerning this “hot topic”. It will cover some of the Historic Fires In Northwest Montana and explore our relationship with fire; from the past Native American use of fire for re-source benefits to aggressive fire suppression to current fire management.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!! February 9 - The beauty and grandeur of Northwest Montana has always been the subject of musical compositions, and for a variety of different reasons: as aesthetic inspiration, as a source of community pride, and as a marketing tool for regional tourism. Historian and NWMTHS volunteer Judy Elwood will explore Making Music in the Flathead Valley in greater detail, while pianist Marcia Siblerud, along with selected singers, will bring history to life on our baby grand piano. All of these selections are from the archives of the Museum.

February 23 - “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” embodies the uncompromising, independent leadership necessary for what the suffragist movement aspired: a vote, a voice and a vocation. The road to achievement for women was grueling, filled with biases and complexities. Scholar and history interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury walks this road again in her program "And Yet They Persisted: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment". It is an important history to understand, not only for the tactics women used to prevail against the status quo of their day, but for the belief that women have an important role to play in the future.

March 8 - Published for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, Moonbound tells the monumental story of the moon and the men who went there first. With vibrant images and meticulous attention to detail, historian and local graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm conjures the long history of the visionaries, stargazers, builders, and adventurers who sent Apollo 11 on its legendary voyage. To wrap up to 2020 John White Series, Fetter-Vorm will discuss the challenge of adapting an event of such magnitude, the months of hard work that goes into such a project, some little-known facts about the mission itself, and all the meticulous research that went into his book.

The John White Speaker Series honors beloved Central School bell ringer and custodian John White, the son of a Texas slave, who served at Central School for over 30 years. He knew all the students, and they knew and respected him, as did the citizens of Kalispell in the 1920s through the 50s. John White graduated from Flathead County High School in 1922 and became perhaps the most remembered figure in the history of Central School.

All four presentations are at 2:00 PM on alternate Sundays at the Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 2nd Ave E. in Kalispell.

Tickets for Museum members are $25 for the series of all five, or $6 for any single event. General public tickets are $40 for the series, or $9 for any single event. Tickets are available at the Museum, Monday through Friday, 10 to 5, or at the door before each event. Last year's Series broke attendance records, so advanced purchase is recommended. Call 406-756-8381 for more information.



Cookies at the Museum

Cooking Up a Fresh Batch of Northwest Montana History!

Who doesn’t like cookies? It should be the easiest question in the world to answer, because the answer is simple; everyone likes cookies. During the afternoon of the first Thursday of each month from 2 - 4pm, Northwest Montana History Museum volunteer JoLynn Yenne will be providing us with fresh, homemade and FREE cookies to sample as you visit our Schoolbell Books & Gifts on the first floor of the Museum. All of these cookies will come directly from recipes that were published in local community cookbooks. As JoLynne’s delicious deserts will attest to, these collections of recipes prove a unique source of Northwest Montana history.

Thursday, January 2 - Coconut Cookies from Somers Kitchen Secrets (1951)

Thursday, February 6 - Peanut Butter Fudge Bars from North Valley Senior Center Cookbook (2015)

These are the only dates that have been scheduled so far, but there is always a possibility that the program will continue if it is successful. Cookbooks will be on display, and a hot pot of coffee will be on while you porous the great selection of Montana books and Made-In-Montana gifts. We are also looking for more interesting cookbooks to share. Do you have one that originated in the Flathead Valley? If so, contact JoLynne at jyenne@gmail.com. We hope to see you at the Museum this winter on first Thursdays - locally-sourced cookies are calling your name!

Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, January 28, 7PM - The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Jonathan Hemlock (Clint Eastwood) is an art professor and recreational mountaineer - he’s certainly not an assassin, he got out of that game years ago. But when his independence is threatened, Hemlock finds himself recruited into one last mission - a mission that will take him to all corners of the globe, up the north face of the challenging Eiger Mountain in the Alps, and into a den of lies and deceit that will push him to the breaking point.

History Book Club

February 5 - FIRST HALF


Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West by John Taliaferro

George Bird Grinnell, the son of a New York merchant, saw a different future for a nation in the thrall of the Industrial Age. With railroads scarring virgin lands and the formerly vast buffalo herds decimated, the country faced a crossroads: Could it pursue Manifest Destiny without destroying its natural bounty and beauty? The alarm that Grinnell sounded would spark America’s conservation movement. Yet today his name has been forgotten―an omission that John Taliaferro’s commanding biography now sets right with historical care and narrative flair.

Throughout his long life, Grinnell was bound by family and sustained by intimate friendships, toggling between the East and the West. As Taliaferro’s enthralling portrait demonstrates, it was this tension that wound Grinnell’s nearly inexhaustible spring and honed his vision―a vision that still guides the imperiled future of our national treasures.



Quilting Class

Beginning in October, the Museum's Quilting Class will be meeting every other Wednesday through the winter from 1 to 4 pm.
January 8

January 22

February 5

February 19

March 4

March 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 workshop is led by local quilter and Museum volunteer Betty Jo Malone. Any questions can be directed to Betty Jo at 406-755-6323.