Explore the Flathead Valley's vibrant history

We have several permanent exhibits that tell the rich and varied history of the Flathead Valley region.

Early Residents Honor Roll

The Early Residents Honor Roll honors those whose integrity, hard work, and belief in the future shaped the town of Kalispell.

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Flathead Valley History

The earliest human inhabitants of the Flathead Valley were the native peoples who ventured here on foot and by canoe around 10,000 years ago when the glaciers receded.

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Greetings From Demersville

You won’t be able to find it on any modern map, but Demersville was the heart of early Flathead Valley settlement.

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History of Central School

The Northwest Montana History Museum is located in the former Central School building.

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The Land of Many Stories

On May 11, 1910, President Taft signed the legislation that established Glacier National Park as a “public pleasuring ground” to be preserved in a “state of nature.”

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On a Passing Frontier

Explore the Earliest Stories from Northwest Montana.

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Sand Monkeys, Tie Hacks, and River Pigs

During the 1800s, sawmills were powered by water. Later, steam would turn timber into the Valley’s economic engine.

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