History museum

The John White Lecture Series returns to the History Museum


Now in its 19th year, the Northwest Montana Historical Society’s popular John White Speaker Series returns this winter with a slate of great talks. This year, the series will be available in in-person and digital presentations.

Feb. 6 – Flathead Lake Biological Station ecologist Tom Bansak will present “Morton Elrod: Pioneer Man of Montana’s Renaissance.” Morton John Elrod was the first professor of biology at the University of Montana, founded the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1899, and later became Glacier National Park’s first naturalist.

February 20 – The museum will air the PBS documentary “For Present and Future Generations,” originally produced 20 years ago to commemorate the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention to celebrate its 50th anniversary, with an introduction from the longtime lawmaker state date and board member of the Bob Brown Historical Society.

March 6 – Local author John Fraley will discuss Josephine Doody, the Glacier Park bootlegger, Betty the trapper, plus many other new Middle Fork pioneer stories since the publication of his original book “Wild River Pioneers.” in 2008.

March 20 – Northwest Montana Museum of History Director Jacob Thomas, Brit Clark of the Conrad Mansion Museum and Alyssa Cordova of the Hockaday Museum of Art will discuss the “joys and challenges of the museum profession in Kalispell.”

All presentations in the John White series are on Sundays at 2 p.m.

New for 2022, the museum will offer three different ways to experience the John White Speaker Series:

• Members of the Northwest Montana Historical Society can reserve the entire series for a reduced rate of $35.

• General admission to each event is $10 per person.

All entry sales include a digital version of the presentation, delivered by email the day after the event. Shop at the museum, located at 124 Second Ave. E. in Kalispell, or call 406-756-8381 to register and pay by credit card.

• Digital-only access will be available on the museum’s website (nwmhistory.org) for $8 per event, and will also include admission to the museum’s “overflow” room with live streaming during the presentation. The digital version will also be provided the day after the event.

In-person attendance will be limited, so advanced booking is strongly recommended. For more information, contact the museum at 406-756-8381 or email [email protected]