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Northwest Montana History Museum Winter Speaker Series | Kalispell, Montana

Festival Event

Northwest Montana History Museum presents 18th Annual John White Winter Speaker Series January-March. Presentations begin at 2:00 pm on alternate Sundays in January, February and March at the Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 2nd Ave E. in Kalispell. Tickets for Museum members are $25 for the series of all five, or $6 for any single event. General public tickets are $40 for the series, or $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.


JANUARY 12: Leading off the 2020 John White Series, and for the 20th Anniversary reprinting of his book A Woman’s Way West, author John Fraley is pleased to share the inside scoop about the intriguing life of Doris Huffine. Using many hours of tape recordings, numerous journals, and a great deal of research, Fraley has pieced together the story of Doris' early life in Iowa, her fateful meeting with husband Dan, and their love story, which is also very much a work story--a tale of building a life together while at the same time helping to shape the Crown of the Continent.

JANUARY 26: Fire has always been an intrinsic part of the NW Montana forest with the potential to be a positive influence or a devastating, destructive event. Longtime forest fire consultant Rick Trembath will blend the ecology, behavior, and encompassing effects of fire into his presentation concerning this “hot topic”. It will cover some of the Historic Fires In Northwest Montana and explore our relationship with fire; from the past Native American use of fire for re-source benefits to aggressive fire suppression to current fire management.

FEBRUARY 9: The beauty and grandeur of Northwest Montana has always been the subject of musical compositions, and for a variety of different reasons: as aesthetic inspiration, as a source of community pride, and as a marketing tool for regional tourism. Historian and NWMTHS volunteer Judy Elwood will explore Making Music in the Flathead Valley in greater detail, while pianist Marsha Siblerud, along with selected singers, will bring history to life on our baby grand piano. All of these selections are from the archives of the Museum.

FEBRUARY 23: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” embodies the uncompromising, independent leadership necessary for what the suffragist movement aspired: a vote, a voice and a vocation. The road to achievement for women was grueling, filled with biases and complexities. Scholar and history interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury walks this road again in her program "And Yet They Persisted: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment". It is an important history to understand, not only for the tactics women used to prevail against the status quo of their day, but for the belief that women have an important role to play in the future.

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.

Event Setting

Explore the history of the Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana History Museum's four-story stone and brick schoolhouse, a house of education from 1896 to 1989. After complete renovation in 1999, the building now houses a museum illuminating local area history, including Indian culture, and the turn-of-the-century community of Demersville, Montana pioneer, author & statesman Frank Bird Linderman, northwest Montana timber industry, and an exhibition on the History of the Flathead Valley. Monthly history book club and historic film club open to all, expanded gift shop with a wide selection of Montana-made products and books on Montana history and lore, and elegant rooms for rent at reasonable rates for community events. Call 406 756-8381 for more information.