Where History Happens Every Day!
The Museum is housed in the historic Central School building, which first opened its doors in 1894. In nearly 100 years of serving the educational needs of the Flathead Valley, Central School had been a high school, a junior high school, a grade school, and housed classrooms for Flathead Valley Community College.
Today Central School carries on its educational tradition as a museum preserving and presenting local history.
Currently at the Museum
Then and Now Exhibit
Through Fall 2018
Everywhere we look, we can’t help but see how the world has evolved, and is evolving still. Even our household goods, the things we use regularly in our everyday life, sometimes bear little resemblance to the earlier versions of “things” meant to serve the same purpose. Over a century after the end of the Industrial Revolution, common items are made and used more abundantly and more efficiently than ever before. And yet, even though today’s goods are more available and more affordable, there is little doubt that this widespread availability has brought with it certain sacrifices.
Where as in the past something old may have been fixed and repaired whenever possible, and passed down to future generations, it is now more common to simply discard and replace. Human beings have certainly adopted a mass-produced lifestyle, but not without the cost of a do-it-yourself mentality, an entrepreneurial spirit, a reliance on community partnerships, and a willingness to adapt. So please join us on this journey as we explore the roots of some of the most common items we use in our day-to-day lives. And as our society continues to grow, even some of the modern objects we carry with us at this very moment may eventually be bound for the halls of a museum such as this one.
“James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist”
October 11th through September 2018
James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist**” contains over seventy five photographic images from the longtime-Flathead artist, some of which are being publicly displayed for the first time. Curated by Kalispell master photographer Bret Bouda, this exhibition portrays numerous subjects in the Flathead’s past, from farm life to industry to Glacier National Park, highlighting just how much the region has changed in a relatively short amount of time.
Better known as a painter, James Bakke was also a gifted photographer, capturing important moments in twentieth century history and breathtaking natural beauty. Although it can easily stand on its own, Bakke initially used his photography as a model for his paintwork, and we are very pleased to have some of his paintings on loan from the Stumptown Historical Society for this exhibition. We are excited to have the opportunity to show Bakke’s photography and paintings side by side, illuminating the artistic process and Bakke’s mastery of his craft.
Historic Film Club
All are welcome–FREE!
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm – Smoke Signals (1998)
After the parents of Thomas Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams) are killed in a house fire, he is adopted by Arnold Joseph, who raises Thomas alongside his own son Vic-tor (Adam Beach). And despite growing up together, both boys are very different people, beginning with how they view Arnold and his vices. Throughout the film, both young men learn more about each other, and about the past, and prove that the bond of brothers is stronger than just blood.
Upon its release, Smoke Signals was widely praised for its simplistically elegant portrayal of American Indian Culture and has since become required viewing in school curriculum.
There is no charge for the film, and donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of acquiring and showing the films. The movie and popcorn are free; wine, beer, pop and water will be for sale. Seating is provided, but film fans can bring their own floor pillows, portable chairs, or whatever is comfortable for viewing the film.
History Book Club
New day and time, same place and great literary conversations!
Wednesday, October 3, 2:00pm – Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch’s cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he’d hoped he would never have to do.
Quilting Club and Classes
The Museum at Central School is once again pleased to see the annual return of our quilting club! The club is free and open to the public. Beginning on Wednesday, September 5th, the club will meet every other Wednesday through November from 1 to 4 pm at Your Museum.
Anybody interested can attend any or all weeks at no charge. Participants can be complete beginners or experienced quilters looking to learn tips and new skills for projects, or looking for fellowship with fellow quilters. Fabric swatches and some tools are provided, although participants should feel free to bring scissors, straight pins, and anything else they would like to use.
The club and workshop is led by local quilter and Museum volunteer Betty Jo Malone. Any questions can be directed to Betty Jo at 406-755-6323.