20th Annual John White Speaker Series

We’re excited to offer the 2022 John White Speaker Series in both in-person and online! 

Series Information

Sunday, 2/6 @ 2pm

Morton Elrod: Montana's Pioneer Renaissance Man

Presented by Tom Bansak, Associate Director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station

Dr. Morton John Elrod came to Big Sky Country as the first Professor of Biology at the University of Montana in 1897.

His travels around Western Montana are legendary.

Elrod founded the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1899 and in the ensuing decade became Glacier National Park’s first naturalist, writing its first guidebook and the first scientific papers to come from Glacier.

Come join FLBS ecologist Tom Bansak to learn more about Morton Elrod: Montana’s Pioneer Renaissance Man.

Sunday, 2/20 @ 2pm

Screening of For This and Future Generations

Introduction by former MT State Senator Bob Brown

A 50th anniversary is the Golden Anniversary, and half-a-century is certainly something to celebrate!

We will be doing just that at the Museum when we stream the PBS documentary For This and Future Generations originally produced 20 years ago to commemorate the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention.

With an introduction from longtime State legislator and Historical Society board member Bob Brown, we will gather together to learn the details behind this irreplaceable document that is arguably worth more than all the gold in Montana.

Sunday, 3/6 @ 2pm

The Bootleg Lady of Glacier Park

Presented by John Fraley, local author and historian; formerly of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Josephine Doody, The Bootleg Lady of Glacier Park, is now celebrated as an icon of the Middle Fork of the Flathead, but how much is the woman and how much is the legend?

Local author and Friend of the Museum John Fraley will try to untangle fact from fiction when he makes his return to the John White Series in March.

"Betty the Trapper" was one of the last people alive who knew Josephine and even spent time at Josephine's homestead in the Park.

Betty passed away a few years ago; John will recount the story of spreading her ashes on the top of Great Northern Mountain, as well as many other new stories about Middle Fork pioneers since the original edition of Wild River Pioneers was published in 2008.

Sunday, 3/20 @ 2pm

A Museum Directors Roundtable: Joys and Challenges of the Museum Profession in Kalispell

Presented by Brit Clark, Alyssa Cordova, and Jacob Thomas

The museum business is certainly not for everyone -- long hours, constantly shifting streams of income, and so many hats that they might tip over at any second.

But even with the occasional hat hitting the ground, all of these efforts routinely pay off in a number of remarkable ways.

Your dashingly handsome yet humble director Jacob Thomas will be joined by Brit Clark of the Conrad Mansion Museum and Alyssa Cordova of the Hockaday Museum of Art to discuss life behind the museum walls - the challenges, the rewards, and where Kalispell’s museum scene is headed in the near future.

Select Your Experience


$35 / entire series
  • Discounted rate for entire series
  • Priority seating
  • Free digital download next day
  • Interested? Purchase in person at the museum, or call us at 406-756-8381 to register and pay by credit card.

General Public

$10 / presentation
  • Priority seating
  • Free digital download next day
  • Interested? Purchase in person at the museum, or call us at 406-756-8381 to register and pay by credit card.

Digital Only

$8 / presentation
  • Digital download next day
  • Overflow room access at the Museum during the event with a live-stream
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