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A perennial favorite of Flathead Valley audiences, Mary Jane Bradbury makes a return trip from Helena to take on the role of Lucy Marks, mother of Corps of Discovery expeditioner Meriwether Lewis.

The story of Thomas Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery is engrained in the history of our nation. The story of Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks—the mother of Meriwether Lewis—remains largely untold, yet it offers critical insight into our understanding of her intrepid, exploring son.

A woman both of her times and ahead of her times, Marks was determined to fulfill the role expected of upper-class women at the turn of the 19th century while remaining independent and dedicated to her own pursuits. She managed a large plantation household, which included dozens of enslaved people, and followed her passion for healing and the natural world, all while remaining fiercely devoted to her son.

The John White Series pays tribute to beloved staff members John Whites Sr. and Jr. of Central School. The 1894 schoolhouse is Kalispell’s oldest public building and home to a premier regional history museum that draws thousands of visitors annually for exhibits and events year-round.

Details: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024; social time afterward

Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 2nd Ave. E., Kalispell, MT 59901; 406-756-8381; nwmthistory.org

Tickets for individual talks are $15 (members) or $20 (nonmembers).

Purchase online or contact Elle Eberts-Robocker, Donna Buckalew, or Margaret Davis at the museum.

The remaining talk in the 2024 John White Series:

2 p.m. Feb. 18: Indigikitchen founder Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet/Cherokee)

Venue Information

Northwest Montana History Museum
124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Northwest Montana History Museum


124 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-8381

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