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.

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 $6 for any single event. General public tickets are $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.

April 2 - Lemon Squares from Community United Methodist Church Youth Group, 1997.

May  7-  Pecan Crispies from P.E.O. Chapter BH  Bigfork,  1999.

June 4 - Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars from Kalispell Farmers Market, 2005.

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 tr on first Thursdays - locally-sourced cookies are calling your name!

Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, March 24, 7PM - The Iron Giant (1999)

The year is 1957, and 9-year-old Hogarth stumbles upon something straight out of the Cold War - a 60-foot tall metal Giant. The two become fast friends, even as both begin to realize the truth - the Giant was created to be a weapon. As the Giant is hunted by the government, nuclear inhalation is on the table and its up to Hogarth to teach the his new friend that saving lives is a higher purpose than ending them.

The story of The Iron Giant had previously been adapted into a concept rock album in 1989 by Pete Townsend of The Who.

History Book Club


April 1 - Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers by John Fraley

The North, Middle, and South Forks of the Flathead River drain some of the wildest country in Montana, including Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. In Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers, John Fraley recounts the true adventures of people who earned their living among the mountains and along the cold, clear rivers in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Author John Fraley will be in attendance to speak more about the stories contained in this collection!




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.