Romancing the West Documentary Concert Comes to Kalispell

Historic Documentary meets live concert performance as Romancing the West comes to the Museum at Central School, Wednesday, June 5th, at 7:00 pm as Northwest Montana Historical presents the educational time traveling experience. Singer/songwriter Christina Lynn Martin and Cowboy Poet and Balladeer Butch Martin tell the human story of over 250 years of the people of the American West through their trials, tribulations and triumphs and celebrate their diverse cultures, lives and legacy’s.

The story of Western Expansionism is told in historic photographs, rare film, video, live poetry and original music written by Christina, songs about the West including “City of Roses” (Portland), “Columbia” (Columbia River), and “Wallowa Skies” in tribute to the Nez Perce people. Butch recites master poems about life on the Western Trail including “The Ballad of William Sycamore” and “Laska”. As the show moves from the old West into the modern West the music ranges from traditional Western, folk/Celtic to jazz, big band, and pop/rock. Within the show is a moving tribute to veterans, a majestic musical tribute to National Parks, and to hometown America.

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 PM
Museum at Central School
124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901

The Martin’s Mission continues to be “to foster love and respect for our fellow man and the love of this land by telling the sometimes painful story of Western Expansionism and celebrating the diverse cultures whose stories continue to inform and inspire our Nation and our world.” The couple make their home in a log cabin in Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. This April marks the sixth consecutive year of touring with the show in National Trail Centers, concert series, and theaters.

For show information, visit Tickets are 15.00 for adults and 10.00 for children and available for pick up at Museum at Central School or by calling the Museum (406) 756-8381. Beverages will be available for purchase. 


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.


“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!
Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm - Go West (1940)

In this Marx Brothers classic, Chico and Harpo are small-time con-men who manage to swindle fellow conman Groucho out of some money. By lending some money to an old miner, Chico and Harpo come into possession of the deed to his mine; having the railroad cut right through their recently acquired land would make them very rich men. But before they could collect their pay day, they too are scammed out of the deed. It is up to all three brothers to recover their fortune.

The train chase and derailment scene towards the end of the film cannot help but be reminiscent of the 1927 Buster Keaton film The General, and not for no reason; Keaton himself served as a consultant for the filming of the pivitol scene.


History Book Club

Wednesday, May 1 (first half)

Wednesday, June 5 (second half)

The Last Crossing

By Guy Vanderhaeghe

Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, set off to remote Fort Benton on the edge of the Montana frontier. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, a half-Blackfoot, half-Scot guide, to lead them North, where Simon was last seen. Addington takes command of the mission, buying enough provisions to fill two wagons, and hires sycophantic journalist Caleb Ayto to record the journey for posterity. As the party heads out, it grows to include the fiery Lucy Stoveall, Civil War veteran Custis Straw, and saloonkeeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each one of them to confront personal demons. Told from alternating points of view with vivid flashbacks, The Last Crossing is a novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew.