New Exhibit Traces Rich History of Mountaineering in Glacier Park

By Beacon Staff

The rich history of climbing and trekking in Glacier National Park is the subject of a historical exhibit being introduced at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell.

An opening reception for the exhibit, “Mountaineering in Glacier Park,” is on Friday, May 4 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit offers an in-depth look at the history of mountaineering in Glacier through a video presentation, photographs, old newspaper stories and a rock wall built to display the gear used for mountaineering.

“The idea is to share the colorful history of the north valley with the rest of the Flathead,” Museum Director Gil Jordan said.

Glacier Mountaineering Society created the display, which is the result of a partnership between the First Best Place Task Force’s Discovery Square in Columbia Falls and the Museum at Central School. It’s the second in a historical series focused on Northwest Montana. In 2013, a display featuring the Bob Marshall Wilderness, which is now on display at Discovery Square, is scheduled to come to Kalispell.

The Museum at Central School is located at 124 Second Ave. E. in Kalispell. Call 756-8381 for more information.

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