Museum at Central School Winter Speaker Series | Kalispell, Montana

Museum at Central School presents 17th Annual John White Winter Speaker Series January-February. Presentations begin at 2:00 pm on alternate Sundays in January and February at the Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave E. in Kalispell. Tickets for Museum members are $20 for the series of all four, or $6 for any single event. General public tickets are $30 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 13: The travels of Whitefish-based singer-songwriter David Walburn have taken him to Alaska and beyond, but always returning to his home in Big Sky Country. With his guitar and harmonica in tow, David takes inspiration right from the history of Montana. He will be performing tracks off of his album West for America, all about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

JANUARY 27: The Speculator-Granite Mountain was the largest hard rock mining disaster in American history, killing 168 men in Butte, Montana in June, 1917. But when told by author and psychologist Doug Ammons, it is actually a story of the resilience of the human spirit when men are suddenly thrust into life and death situations far beyond their control.

FEBRUARY 10: A 2018 choice for the Oprah Book Club, Deliverance tells the true story of Mary Fields, a determined former slave who braved the harsh Montana Rockies on a journey to rescue a dying friend, helping all of those around her as she set up a new life for herself in the American West. Just in time for Black History Month, author Miantae Metcalf McConnell visits the Museum to share her research methods and more stories about this remarkable woman.

FEBRUARY 24: Returning to the Series for the fifth consecutive year, living history performer Mary Jane Bradbury will explore the legend that formed around “The Unsinkable Molly” Brown, a social reformer in the early twentieth century. But from her name on down, Brown’s life was largely written by the press, obscuring a remarkable woman who was quite different than the popular story.


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Event Dates

1/13/2019 – 2/24/2019

Event Setting

Explore the history of the Flathead Valley in Museum at Central School 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.

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