“Lookout! Our Forest, Our Home” Exhibit Opens April 12

April 12 through Fall

On April 12th, from 1-6 PM, the Museum at Central School is having a grand opening for the first exhibit from Glacier Children’s Museum, called “Lookout! Our Forest, Our Home.” This exhibit will showcase plants and animals that live in the NW Montana forests, and explore the concept of fire within that ecosystem, all through fun hands-on, and interactive activities.

This forest and fire-themed exhibit includes a fire lookout tower play structure, a puppet theater with local forest animals, a campfire reading nook, a building station, as well as an interactive magnet board and light easel. Through these interactive activities, families can learn about the local ecosystem, fire, and fire prevention.

This collaboration with the Glacier Children’s Museum has been in the works since August of 2018. The GCM reached out to the Forest Fire Lookout Association, and this exhibit is the result of the cooperation and hard work of many people and organizations. The exhibit will be at The Museum at Central School through summer.

The Glacier Children’s Museum is a new 501(c)3 organization dedicated to family education. They are currently raising funds and working toward finding a permanent location in our community that will enable the GCM to grow into a fun, hands-on learning destination. For more information on the Glacier Children’s Museum project, go to glacierchildrensmusuem.org, or email them at glaciercm@gmail.com.


9th Annual Ladies Luncheon on Saturday, April 27

Saturday, April 27, 1:00pm

The 9th Annual Ladies Luncheon at the Museum at Central School promises to be a very important date! This year’s tea party will be themed around favorite and memorable storybooks from childhood. Guests are encouraged to bring their own children’s books to share with other attendees, while our pro-gram will consist of dramatic readings, personal stories, and maybe even a few reenact-ments from exceptions works of Children’s literature, such as Dr. Seuss and Alice in Wonderland. Besides the tea service, the event will also feature a buffet with classic finger foods, salads, and baked goods.

Purchase or reserve your tickets early by calling 406 756 8381 or stopping in at the Museum. You can re-serve a table for four to eight guests, or purchase tickets individually. Remember, we tend to sell out early! We will also be having our ever-popular raffle and silent auction. As always, all proceeds go directly to the Northwest Montana Historical Society.

Considering this year’s theme, you may think that we have gone mad. May-be entirely bonkers. “But I'll tell you a secret, “ as Lewis Carroll once wrote. “All the best people are.”



Support Your Museum During Flathead Gives, May 2-3

Spring has sprung once again, and for the 5th consecutive year, the Museum at Central School is but one of the many non-profits participating in Flathead Gives. This is an excellent event, not only raising funds to help keep Your Museum running, but also exposing a brand new audience in the community to Northwest Montana history.

There are many ways to give and help support Your Museum:

  • Donate online at flatheadgiving.org from April 16 to May 17 (ESPECIALLY on May 2 and 3- every gift during these two days has the potential to win monetary prizes for the Museum at Central School!)
  • Come say hello at the Kalispell Center Mall from 6 to 9 on Thursday, May 2, or on Friday, May 3 from 10 to 6. The Museum will have a table set up to highlight our many accomplishments and future goals.
  • Flathead Gives donations will also be accepted at the Museum itself on May 2 from 2-5. While credit card is accepted for online donations, gifts at the mall or the Museum can be made with credit card, cash, or check.

How is this different than a standard donation any other time? During Flathead Gives, there is a good chance that your donation will be matched! Only the Museum will receive your contact information, and purely to send you a heartfelt thank-you letter. All donations to your Museum via Flathead Gives are tax-deductible!
Please call the Museum at 406-756-8381 with any questions.


Hungry? Taste of Kalispell Returns in June!


One of the "Can't Miss" events of the Flathead Valley is the Taste of Kalispell on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School. This event is an opportunity to join your neighbors for an evening of good food, drink, music, and company, all while discovering the many restaurants and businesses that make this community great.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Tickets will be available at The Kalispell Visitors Center, Kalispell Grand Hotel, or the Museum at Central School two weeks before the event. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 youth 11-14, with kids 10 and under free. Admission ticket includes free food, drink, products and services, live music, a kid’s zone and a chance to win great prizes. With everything included in the price of admission, those attending will be able to sample food, drink, products, and services from participating restaurants and businesses all while being entertained with live music.

Proceeds from Taste of Kalispell go to support Your Museum, and it serves as our largest fundraising event of the year; the entire event is a wonderful way to enjoy a pleasant evening while supporting the Museum and your community.


Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm - Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy tale is brought to life in this Disney animated classic. When Alice (Kathryn Beaumont), a restless young British girl, falls down a rabbit hole, she enters a magical world. When Alice ends up in the court of the tyrannical Queen of Hearts (Verna Felton), she must stay on the ruler's good side -- or risk losing her head

The making of Alice in Wonderland is nearly as madcap as the film itself. Because of first competing films and then World War II, Alice in Wonderland’s production was delayed for decades until June 1947. British author Aldous Huxley wrote the initial script, but Walt Disney found it too literal. It was then re-written to focus on comedy, music, and the whimsical side of Lewis Carroll’s book. Originally a box office flop, the film found a second life in the 1970s due to its psychedelic imagery.

Don’t be late for this very important date!

History Book Club

Wednesday, April 3, 2:00pm

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
By Candice Millard

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congress-man, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously re-searched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history..

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.