John White Lecture Series Returns to the History Museum


For 19 years, the Northwest Montana Historical Society’s John White Lecture Series has been a local highlight of the winter season, promising a list of engaging and insightful discussions.

This year, the popular series will be available as in-person and digital presentations.

Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda for the 2022 John White speaker series:

February 6 – Flathead Lake Biological Station Ecologist Tom Bansak will present “Morton Elrod: The Pioneer Man of the Montana Renaissance”.

In 1897 Morton John Elrod arrived in Big Sky Country as the first professor of biology at the University of Montana. His travels in western Montana are legendary. Elrod founded the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1899 and, over the next decade, became Glacier National Park’s first naturalist, writing his first guidebook and the first science papers from Glacier.

February 20 – The museum will air the PBS documentary “For This and Future Generations”, originally produced 20 years ago to commemorate the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention to celebrate the convention’s 50th anniversary. With an introduction from longtime state lawmaker and Historical Society board member Bob Brown, attendees will learn the details of this irreplicable document that is arguably worth more than all of Montana’s gold.

March 6 – Josephine Doody, the Bootleg Lady of Glacier Park, is now celebrated as an icon of the Middle Fork of the Flathead, but how much is the woman and how much is the legend? Local author John Fraley will attempt to disentangle fact from fiction. “Betty the Trapper” was one of the last people alive to know Josephine and even spent time at Josephine’s estate in Glacier Park. Betty passed away a few years ago. John will tell the story of the spread of his ashes at the top of the Great Northern Mountain, as well as many other new stories about the pioneers of Middle Fork since the publication of the original edition of his book “Wild River Pioneers” in 2008 .

March 20th – Northwest Montana History Museum Director Jacob Thomas will be joined by Brit Clark from the Conrad Mansion Museum and Alyssa Cordova from the Hockaday Museum of Art to discuss life behind the walls of the museum in their presentation “The Joys and Challenges of museum profession in Kalispell. “

All John White Series presentations are Sunday at 2 p.m.

New for 2022, the museum will offer three different ways to experience the John White Lecture Series:

• Members of the Northwest Montana Historical Society can reserve the entire series at a reduced rate of $ 35.

• General admission to each individual event is $ 10 per person.

All entry sales include a digital version of the presentation, to be provided by email the day after the event. Buy in person at the museum, located at 124 Second Ave. E. in downtown Kalispell, or call 406-756-8381 to register and pay by credit card.

• Digital-only access will be available on the museum’s website ( for $ 8 per event, and will also include entry to the museum’s “overflow room” with live streaming during the presentation. Like the other John Whites Series option, the digital version of the presentation will be provided the day after the event.

Due to the health and safety exclusions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person attendance will be limited, so advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you have any questions or want more information, contact the Northwest Montana History Museum at 406-756-8381, or email [email protected]


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