McClaren 1895 Classroom Open House this Summer!

Since Bill McClaren started the 1895 Classroom program almost a dozen years ago, over 8,000 students have been able to come to the Museum for a morning or an afternoon, learn more about the Flathead Valley, and experience a day in the life of a student over a century ago.

This summer, the Museum at Central School is happy to share the McClaren 1895 Classroom Experience with each and every member of our community, regardless of age! On Wednesday, July 31st, we will be having an open house to celebrate everything the Program has achieved and introduce the 1895 Classroom to the community as a whole. Much has been accomplished in the last year or so (including some “new” desks and educational travelling trunks), and this is the perfect opportunity to not only show the Classroom in all its educational glory, but to thank everyone who has made the McClaren 1895 Classroom what it is today. Museum Director Jacob Thomas will speak on the history of this great program, lead teacher Carolyn Wondrow will walk everyone through a typical day in an 1895 schoolhouse, and a good yet rule-abiding time will be had by all.

Wednesday, July 31

5:00 - 6:30

Presentation at 5:30

 The reception and ceremony will be free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and galleries will be open. As if there weren’t enough, the event will also serve as the grand opening for two new exhibitions, including The Tools that Built the Valley . Despite being the middle of summer, it will certainly be a day you’ll want to attend school, so don’t be absent or tardy!

“Lookout! Our Forest, Our Home” Exhibit

April 12 through Fall

“Lookout! Our Forest, Our Home” showcases 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, or email them at


Historic Film Club

Free Admission! Free Popcorn!
Monday, July 22, 7PM - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Director John Huston cast Humphry Bogart, Tim Holt, and his own father Walter Huston in this adaptation of the novel of the same name. A film that examines how gold leads to greed, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood productions to be shot on location outside the United States, and for that reason is now a part of the National Film Registry .


History Book Club


Wednesday, September 4
Montana: An Uncommon Land
By K. Ross Toole

Montana: An Uncommon Land combines the great and many of the smaller but significant episodes of a century and a half into new perspective. The record, in its colorful and romantic aspects, stretches from the days of Lewis and Clark; and in its more recent aspects, from the subjugation of the Indian to the predominance of big mining and timber enterprises. Toole proves that he knows not only how to interpret the remote and recent past but how to write with great effect.