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

 

 Vintage 1931 Quilt up for Raffle

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As summer moves into fall, bringing with it cooler weather, you will most likely soon have the desire to curl with a warm blanket in front of the television or fireplace. Thankfully, the Museum at Central School is here to help. You need only ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky?

This “Garden of Flowers” quilt was original-ly pieced and hand embroidered in 1931 by Mrs. Alberta F. Udick of Whittier, California, and generously donated to Your Museum by her son, Jim Udick, to be used as a fundraiser. Using the pattern outlined by Mrs. Udick, it was then hand-quilted by members of the Mountain View Mennonite Church in 2016. The finished quilt measures 82.5” x 76.5”, and will be on display at Your Museum up until the raffle drawing.

Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. Besides being available at the Museum, tickets will also be sold at Glacier Quilts, the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell Grand Hotel, Montana Marie, Sassafras, and the Quilt Gallery. Tickets will also be available by credit over the phone; simply call the Museum at 406-756-8381 and ask for Jacob.

Just in time for Christmas, the raffle drawing will take place at Your Museum on December 15 between 5 and 7pm. Although you do not have to be present to win, why not come in to escape the cold with a warm cup of free coffee or hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie or two? Our exhibition halls will be open, and special guests will be in attendance. Not only that, but raffle tickets will be sold all day up to the time of the drawing. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

 Flathead Valley Community College 50th Anniversary Display

Now through September 2017

An exhibit in honor of Flathead Valley Community College’s 50th anniversary will open April 11 at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. The exhibit will showcase historic items and photographs spanning FVCC’s five decades. An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature welcoming remarks from one of the college’s founders, Bill McClaren.  The reception is free and open to the public. Cookies and iced tea will be served. The exhibit will remain on display at the museum until September.

 

School Bell Gift Shop

Unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas, mostly made in Montana.  Proceeds benefit the Museum.  Largest selection of books on Montana history and culture in Northwest Montana, near 300 titles.

 Historic Film Club

 All are welcome–FREE!
Tuesday, September 26th, 7pm – “The Candidate” (2000) 

When the United States President has to pick a new VP, he thinks outside the box and nominates Senator Laine Hanson of Ohio (Joan Allen). No one doubts her professional qualifications, but the focus quickly turns to her mysterious and potentially sordid personal past, with the investigation spearheaded by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Sheldon Runyon (Gary Oldman).

Although the majority of audiences and critics enjoyed the film, it was not without its share of controversy. Many saw the movie as having a distinctively progressive slant, including the film’s star Gary Oldman, who accused the editors of simplifying certain themes and characters to appease the left-leaning DreamWorks studio. Despite the hoopla, Oldman, Allen, and Jeff Bridges (who plays President Jackson Evans) all racked up numerous award nominations for their performances.

 Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.

 

History Book Club

Thursday, September 14, 6:30 PM – Healy’s West by Gordon E. Tolton.

John J. Healy (1840-1908) was one of the most influential figures of the westward movement. From Irish famine to army saddle, from taking on powerful monopolies to trading with the Blackfoot, from political maneuvering to hunting down rustlers behind a sheriff s badge, Healy challenged life, nature, enemies, and governments head on. An entertaining and critical portrayal of the West’s most charismatic figure, Healy’s West is a must ready for anyone interested in Western U.S. History.