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

 “James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist”

October 11th through mid-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.

 Glacier Stamp Club Show

Saturday, October 21st, 10-4, and Sunday, October 22nd, 10-3

Philately (n) – a fancy word for the collecting and study of stamps. If this hobby, or the word itself, seems like something you’d like to explore further, than I have good news for you: the Glacier Stamp Club is having their annual stamp show at the Museum at Central School on Saturday, October 21st, from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday, October 22nd, from 10 to 3. There will be stamp dealers on hand to talk with, buy from, trade with, or sell to. Members of the club will be present for sharing information or answering questions about the club or the historical hobby in general.
Admission is free, and, as a bonus, the Museum galleries will be open! So if you are often unavailable to visit during our regular weekday hours, this rare weekend opening may be the perfect opportunity to see Your Museum as well as make some great connections in the world of stamp collecting.

Vintage 1931 Quilt up for Raffle


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!

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!
Monday October 30, 7pm – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) 

It has been compared to Homer’s Odyssey, but with a southern, Depression-era twist, and Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? has become a favor-ite film for many in the cannon of two of the country’s most successful filmmakers. The film portrays three somewhat bumbling escaped convicts in 1930s Missis-sippi who find themselves in one ridiculous situation af-ter another, all in the search of a buried treasure that may or may not exist. Producer T-Bone Burnett’s soundtrack won the 2001 Grammy for Album of the Year and direct-ly led to a bluegrass and folk music revival across the United States.

 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, November 9th, 6:30 PM (First Half) and Thursday, December 14th, 6:30pm (Second Half) – Deliverance: Mary Fields by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

This book expertly blends biography with historical fiction, and  McConnell’s research enabled USPS historians to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A fact-based chronicle of Fields’ life in Montana from 1885 until her death in 1914, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana’s turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous 1914 woman suffrage election. Already 53 years of age when she moved to Montana, Mary Fields lived a life worthy of the history books.