New Exhibits Opening at the Northwest Montana History Museum!!

The Northwest Montana Historical Society will celebrate the unveiling of two new historical exhibitions at the Northwest Montana History Museum during a special reception on Tuesday, June 9th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Gold Dust: Montana's Haunted Landscapes, from photographer and visual artist Clayton McDougall, tries to capture that fleeting period in an expressive and creative way that breathes new life back into these now derelict locations. This exhibition features more than a dozen photographic studies of places that got so hot so fast that they quickly burned out, as well as locations that never seemed to meet the potential that was envisioned for them.

Gold Dust shows the degradation found in these ghost towns and turns it into something beautiful; the photographs in this exhibition seek to document these relics of Montana's territorial past on their own terms. All of these images were captured on expired Kodak 35mm film and printed on a wood panel. In it's own time, each will deteriorate in a similar manner to the structures they depict.

In addition to Gold Dust, The Northwest Montana Historical Society is also debuting it's new exhibition On a Passing Frontier. This permanent exhibit examines life in Northwest Montana before the Flathead Valley was widely settled. It was a time when American Indian camps were still plentiful, when trapping and trading was the largest industry in the Valley, and when pioneers like Frank Bird Linderman set the course for Montana's future.

Containing hundreds of photographs and authentic artifacts, this all-encompassing exhibition tells the earliest stories of the region and will will serve as a cornerstone of the Northwest Montana History Museum. On a Passing Frontier is the Museum's largest and most ambitious display since the opening of Flathead Valley History in July of 2013.

Gold Dust will be on display through the summer, while On a Passing Frontier is a permanent addition to the Museum. The Northwest Montana History Museum is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5.

Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, October 27,  7pm

Invasion of the Body Snatchers  (1956)

Residents of a California town are being replaced with emotionless duplicates, and it is up to Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) to stop the invasion.

Released at the height of the Cold War, a variety of inter-related and contemporary commentaries can be seen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers , including ideas on McCarthyism, conformity, communism, totalitarianism, modernity, and post-War hysteria.


History Book Club

Wednesday, November 4, 2:00pm

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet. Land wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the stigmas of the working poor.







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.