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At the age of 12, then Missoula resident Ron Brevik started riding motorcycles. “I was promptly pulled over by law enforcement for not having a driver’s license,” he remembers. “That didn’t stop me.”

Decades on, Brevik married this love of motorcycles with love for his native state when he purchased a 100-year anniversary Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Springer in 2003 and devised “the ride of a lifetime” — to cover every mile of paved county, state, and federal road in Montana. Brevik documented the people, places, and history he discovered on his 70,000-mile journey.

Now a Kalispell resident and a retired general contractor and property manager, Brevik maintains that “Montana’s greatest treasures can be found on the back roads.” Learn about these treasures of the Treasure State on Jan. 7, when Brevik kicks off the 22nd annual John White Series at the Northwest Montana History Museum.

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, Jan. 7, 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). The four-part series costs $40 (members) or $60 (nonmembers). Purchase online or contact Elle Eberts-Robocker, Donna Buckalew, or Margaret Davis at the museum.

Remaining talks in the 2024 John White Series:

2 p.m. Jan. 21: grizzly expert Kate Kendall on Bear History 101

2 p.m. Feb. 4: historic interpreter-storyteller Mary Jane Bradbury presents Lucy Marks, mother of Corps of Discovery expeditioner Meriwether Lewis

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

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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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