You are invited to a Rendezvous! New Exhibition at the Northwest Montana History Museum


Rendezvous Exhibition Opens at the Northwest Montana History Museum on November 20th!

Rendezvous is French in origin meaning a prearranged time and place to meet. During the fur trapping heyday of 1825 - 1840, a rendezvous was an annual summer gathering, weeks long for mountain men, Indians and traders. Furs were sold and supplies bought for the following trapping season.

In reality, rendezvous meant and still means much more. Today, hearty mountain men and women take inspiration from their forefathers, competing in games and trials of skill to test their mettle against the frontier.

Rendezvous, the new exhibit from the Northwest Montana History Museum, is meant to explore and celebrate these gatherings past and present. The exhibition was developed in partnership with the Bad Rock Settlement Museum in Columbia Falls. Bad Rock Museum proprietor and true Mountain man Stu Sorensen has lent numerous artifacts from his collection as well as his expertise to this exhibition. This one-of-a-kind display will be on exhibit until spring of 2020, but will have a Grand Opening Reception on Wednesday, November 20th, from 5 to 8 pm!


Wednesday, Noveeber 20th
5:00 - 7:00pm
Northwest Montana History Museum
124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana


At 6:00pm, Stu Sorensen will demonstrate some finely-honed trapper skills such as using flint to make a fire and loading a black powder musket, all while wearing a mountain man ensemble. Light refreshments will be served, including some that have been specially selected to fit the evening's theme: tea, jerky, and sourdough. This is a family-friendly event and absolutely free to attend; all are invited to the "rendezvous" at the Northwest Montana History Museum!


Montana Film Festival Roadshow - Mickey and the Bear

The Montana Film Festival Roadshow presents

Mickey and the Bear

Thursday, December 12, 7:00pm

Friday, December 13, 7:00pm

The Northwest Montana History Museum will host TWO screenings of the Montana Film Festival Roadshow's Montana-made, critically acclaimed feature film Mickey and the Bear.

MICKEY AND THE BEAR is the coming-of age story of a strong-willed teenage girl, written and directed by Annabelle Attanasio, in her directorial debut. It stars James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Camila Morrone, Ben Rosenfield and Rebecca Henderson.
Headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her veteran father (James Badge Dale). Faced with the day to day responsibility of keeping her household afloat while her father falls apart, Mickey secretly fantasizes of going to college on the west coast, and finally living life on her own terms. When Hank’s controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence.

Filmed in Anaconda, Montana in 2018 and following its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2019, Montana Film Festival Roadshow brings MICKEY AND THE BEAR to Kalispell's Northwest Montana History Museum on Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13!

Mickey and the Bear is Rated R for substance abuse, language throughout and some sexual material.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the Museum before the event, or online at Eventbrite. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Montana Historical Society, and beer and wine will be available for purchase before the film. The MFF Roadshow has sold out in the past, so advanced tickets are recommended. Call 406- 756-8381 for more information.



Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, November 26, 7PM - Last of the Dogmen (1995)

Lewis Gates is on a mission: to find the lost Dog Soldiers, a fabled band of Cheyenne American Indians that escaped to the Montana woods over a century ago. Together with archeologist Linda Sloan, Gates heads into the mountains to find the true story. He ends up finding much more.

The film is set in the Oxbow Quadrangle, a forest region supposedly in Northwest Montana. Reality’s geography is quite different than the film’s: the real life Oxbow Quadrangle is on the boarder of Idaho and Oregon, and Last of the Dogmen was actually filmed in Canada and Mexico.


History Book Club

Wednesday, December 4, 2pm
Montana 1889

by Ken Egan

Only twenty-five years after becoming a territory, Montana was profoundly different: the buffalo were gone, the Indian wars had ended, and cattle were being raised by the tens of thousands. Montana 1889 tells the many stories of this overwhelming transformation by entering into the lives, emotions, and decisions of diverse peoples cooperating and competing on this contested ground.


Quilting Class

Beginning in October, the Museum's Quilting Class will be meeting every other Wednesday into December from 1 to 4 pm.
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 13
December 4

December 17

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, and, after a month off, will be re-turning on a similar schedule in January. Any questions can be directed to Betty Jo at 406-755-6323.