Local author John Fraley adds to the annual holiday open house festivities

In what has quickly become one of our favorite events of the calendar year, the Northwest Montana  History Museum is once again happy to host our FOURTH annual Holiday Open House! The yuletide festivities begin Wednesday, December 15, when local author/ historian/ friend of the Museum John Fraley will pay us a visit to sign copies of the highly-anticipated RE-LEASE of Wild River Pioneers:

From its headwaters, the Middle Fork of the Flathead River flows 92 wild and scenic miles through the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wildernesses and alongside Glacier National Park. It also flows through history, carrying the stories of explorers, trappers, prospectors, railroad builders and train robbers, moonshiners, hoteliers, horse packers, wilderness rangers, and more. Author John Fraley knows this river and its stories as well as anyone, and Wild River Pioneers is his collection of true tales about shootouts, grizzly bear attacks, a murder (and a hanging), secret caves, fortunes won and lost, a wily Josephine Doody bootlegging in Glacier National Park, and an ice cream–eating pet bear.

John Fraley will be at the Northwest Montana History Museum’s Schoolbell Books & Gifts on Wednesday, December 15, from 4:00 to 7:00pm.  John is always happy to chat about all of his books, which include 2018’s Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers, 2019’s re-release of A Woman’s Way West, and last year’s Heroes of the Bob Marshall Wilderness .  All three books are available in our Schoolbell Books & Gifts, so this is the perfect chance to pick up an autographed copy for your own personal library. They also make outstanding Christmas gifts! As a gift from us to you, for the evening of the 15th only, we are offering 10% off everything in our Schoolbell Books & Gifts (including John’s books)!

And by no means are the festivities confined to the Bookstore! The NWMTHS’ two newest exhibitions, A Tale of 10 Objects, 1910 to 1920 and Glories, Chores, and Hardships , are also scheduled to premier on December 15th! The halls of the Museum will be decked out in our holiday best, and  Christmas cookies will be on the menu, regardless if you’ve been naughty or nice! This event is completely free to attend. We HO-HO-HOpe to see you there!