Author Archives: Kass Hardy

About Kass Hardy

Hi! I am the Centennial Coordinator for Glacier National Park! As the 10th national park to be designated, we are commemorating our 100th anniversary this year. Come join us as we celebrate the rich history of preservation, while inspiring personal connections and engaging future stewards. For more information on Glacier's Centennial, please visit:

Glacier Centennial March eNews!

March 18, 2010

What’s new with Glacier’s Centennial? Check out our latest eNewsletter!

Highlights include:

  • Centennial Film Festival Kick-off, featuring The River Wild at Signature Theaters in Kalispell (Tonight!) at 7 PM
  • Unveiling of Chris Peterson’s 100 Years, 100 Straight Days Photography Exhibit on Friday, March 19, 6 PM at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls
  • Author John Fraley wraps up the Glacier National Park Associates Winter Speaker Series on March 22, 7 PM at the Central Museum in Kalispell
  • Unveiling of Columbia Falls High School Student Centennial Art, Thursday, March 25, 6 PM at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls
  • Where you can get a free centennial license plate holder
  • Details on Glacier’s 100th Anniversary Ceremony on May 11th
  • And…a Centennial by the Numbers overview!


Glacier Centennial eNews!

February 15, 2010
Latest Centennial eNews


Our latest Centennial eNews!

Highlights include:


  • Upcoming Activities:


February 22, 2010: Glacier National Park Associates Winter Speaker Series featuring Joyce Lapp at Central Museum in Kalispell

February 27, 2010: Winter Moonlit Ski in Apgar Village

March 18, 2010: Centennial Film Festival– A River Wild at Signature Theaters in Kalispell

March 19, 2010: 100 Years, 100 Straight Days in Glacier– Photography Exhibit Reception with Chris Peterson at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls

March 22, 2010: Glacier National Park Associates Winter Speaker Series featuring John Fraley at Central Museum in Kalispell

March 25, 2010: Columbia Falls High School Centennial Art Reception at Discovery Square in Columbia Falls


  • Two Centennial Literary Contests: University of Montana Literary Journal– Camas and the Belton Chalet Centennial Poetry Contest


  • Photos capturing recent centennial activities




Ranger Bill Schustrom on 100 Years of Wilderness

As a part of the annual Glacier National Park Associates winter speaker series, Ranger Naturalist Bill Schustrom kicked off the event with a program on 100 Years of Wilderness in Glacier.

The program commenced with a discussion on what ‘Wilderness’ means to us– means to you, means to me. Words such as quiet, untouched, and solitude were suggested from the crowd of 60 attendees. Bill suggested untrammeled. Land that is fairly untrammeled, he said. This word comes directly from the 1964 Wilderness Act, “…an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man…” Section 2(c).

The evening continued with how humans have learned to appreciate our wild landscapes– as the land is a part of our heritage and the responsibility for those of us today to pass on these lands to future generations to appreciate as our ancestors have done for us.

Bill, a 50 year veteran of Glacier National Park, ended the program with a quote from John Muir, encouraging the audience to really think about Muir’s words: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

As we move into the second century of preserving places like Glacier National Park, it is imperative to recognize our responsibility as citizens and care takers of these invaluable landscapes.

Join the Glacier National Park Associates for the next lecture on February 22, 7 PM at the Central Museum in Kalispell. Ranger Joyce Lapp will be presenting a program on botany in the park.

Glacier Centennial– January eNews!

January 15, 2010

January eNews!

Check out our latest eNews!

This month’s highlights:

  • Photos from the Belton Chalet Centennial New Years Party (if you click on the photo in the eNewsletter it will bring you to our photo gallery for more photos from the event)
  • Glacier National Park Associates Winter Speaker Series will kick off with Ranger Bill Schustrom on January 25th, 7 pm at the Central Museum in Kalispell. Bill will talk about 100 years of Wilderness.
  • The Montana Natural History Center in Missoula will be hosting a special reception for the centennial art on February 5th, 5-8 PM.
  • Don’t miss the Whitefish Winter Carnival (Feb 5-7) This years theme is Glacier’s 100th Anniversary. Be sure to stop by the parade on Feb 6th at 3 pm!
  • Books, patches, tshirts, and more can be found at the Glacier Association and Glacier Park, Inc’s websites!

Enjoy! And as always– for more information on Glacier’s Centennial, please visit:

Happy Centennial Year, Glacier!

January 4, 2010

 Happy Centennial Year, Glacier!

On December 31, 2009, the Belton Chalet brought in the new year, as well as the centennial of the Belton and of Glacier National Park. The historic chalet was the first of many chalets built by the Great Northern Railway. The Belton was completed in 1910 and opened to the public a mere two months after the park was designated. The New Year’s Eve evening began with a grand welcome by the Chalet’s staff in unique attire. Dressed to the nines in their historic ‘swiss-like’ uniforms, guests were catered to with a luggage valet. Once arriving to your room, guests found champagne flutes with a bottle of bubbly awaiting.

The evening’s schedule was crafted as the following:

  • Dinner marked with guest specific reservation time- in the Chalet Dining Room
  • 6:00 pm-8:30 pm: Hors d’oeuvres in the Terrace Room
  • 6:30 pm-9:30 pm: String Crossings in the Terrace Room
  • 8:30 pm-10:30 pm: Old Time Photos in the Lobby
  • 9:00 pm-10:30 pm: Dessert in the Terrace Room
  • 9:30 pm-12:30 pm: Old Slouch Hat (band) in the Terrace Room
  • 12:00 am: Champagne Toast in commemorative Centennial Flutes
  • New Year’s Day Breakfast in the Chalet Dining Room

The evening proved to be memorable for all attendees. From top hats to historic hiking packs the guests followed suit in dressing the part. A delicious dinner in the Chalet Dining Room followed the String Crossings band in the Terrace Room. A traditional wave to the train that passed the Belton near 8 pm was something that everyone ran to the porch for– and no one could hold back dancing once the Old Slouch Hat band began strumming their strings. The night concluded with a clinking of commemorative centennial flutes as a toast to 100 years of the Belton Chalet and Glacier National Park.

Check out the pictures from this centennial commemorative kick-off event!

For more information about Glacier’s Centennial and our full calendar of activities, please visit:

What’s new with Glacier’s Centennial?

December eNews
Wow- the centennial is here! Please check out our latest Centennial eNews.Just a reminder– each section of the eNewsletter includes a ‘clickable link’ for ease of finding more information for each highlight. Highlights for December:

  • A vintage red bus joined us for the Centennial Night of Lights in Columbia Falls

  • Whitefish Christmas Stroll is December 11th

  • A special open house book reception for A View Inside Glacier National Park on December 12th in Columbia Falls (this eNewsletter includes an excerpt from the book!)

  • Celebrate the centennial with the Belton Chalet on New Years Eve!

Enjoy- and have a safe and happy holiday season!




Glacier Centennial Exhibit: Land of Many Stories

December 18, 2009

Land of Many Stories

On November 5, 2009, the Land of Many Stories, a Glacier Centennial exhibit, was unveiled at the Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena. One of the elements of the exhibit will be a virtual tour– to increase the accessibility of seeing the exhibit during it’s installation.

I recently had the chance to interview a colleague, David Restivo, who is developing the virtual tour…and here are a few words that he offered to share.

Q: What was the most captivating part of the exhibit?
David: The diversity of tangible artifacts and the time periods that they represented. It goes from the 19-teens to today. It was really neat to contrast the ornate Great Northern Railway china cup to the USGS hidden video of grizzly bears. I really like how the exhibit gives you a relevant digital representation of the history that we are making everyday, today. It helped me connect with an exhibit that really could have been all about Glacier 100 years ago.

Q: What was your favorite part of the exhibit?
David: There are many pieces that are featured in the exhibit that come from private individuals. For instance, Bill Lungren has shared a lunch box that would have been used by horse outfitters in the early days. It was smaller than a shoebox. Visitors would have been given this boxed lunch that included a paper cup a vile of cream- and instructions, reading: (paraphrased) per park regulations the outfitter will prepare this for you and will burn it for you.

Q: What’s your role in this project:
David: I’m tasked with developing a virtual exhibit of the Land of Many Stories to help make the exhibit accessible to more people. Our hope is to have it complete by the end of February.

Deirde Shaw, GNP Park Archivist and Jennifer Bottomly-O’Looney, MHS Archivist, are developing the content for the virtual exhibit. Not every artifact will be highlighted- but it will give people a taste of the exhibit. Video and still photography will be used. One of the objects is an old camera from the 30s- when you scroll over the camera you will see the actual photage that would have been taken from a camera similar to that.

Q: If you could sum up the exhibit in one word, what would it be?
David: Impressive. It is so fascinating to see over 100 years of history- captured in one location. It is an impressive representation of the park because it covers so much history.

There are a few sections that are dedicated to Native American Indian history. I really enjoyed reading about the tribes and seeing some of the artifacts that the park and the Montana Historical Society have, such as: moccasins, baby carriers, tools, and arrowheads. In addition, there are several beautiful pieces of art that complement this section.

Joe Cosley was another piece of history that I had always found fascinating. Joe was a rogue ranger in the Belly River and was known for his trapping abilities. He is also well known for carving his name into aspen trees. It was really cool to see one of the trees that was a part of his collection.

I was most amazed to see how prominent the Great Northern Railway was in the early days of the park. They made the park accessible for a lot of people– it looked like a classy time and experience. In some ways it was sad to see pictures of the view from chalet dining rooms or balconies…I can just imagine standing on those balconies and what it would have been like to be looking over the wide sweeping valleys and glacier lakes.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to share?
This exhibit is a rare and unique opportunity to see the collection of these objects in person- the fact the we don’t have a museum in the park makes this huge for the park to see it all together. It made me want to see and learn more.

From a child’s perspective- there are other permanent exhibits on display at the Montana Historical Museum that complement the Land of Many Stories really well.

The online exhibit will have audio capabilities, such as oral histories of long time residents and early settlers.

First time visitor should give 2 hours to this unique exhibit.

This exhibit was made possible due to the good partnership between the Montana Historical Society, Glacier National Park Fund, and Glacier National Park. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation is the lead sponsor.

For more photos of the exhibit, visit our Centennial Photo Gallery.

Kass Hardy, Glacier Centennial Coordinator

Glacier Centennial Night of Lights– Tonight!

December 4, 2009
Centennial Night of Lights

Come join us this evening in Columbia Falls for the Glacier Centennial Night of Lights. The evening will begin with a parade at 6:30 PM on Nucleus Avenue in Columbia Falls. Circa 1900 attire is a must– and Park Rangers, among other Glacier themed floats, will stroll down the street. In addition to the parade, Santa Claus and several informational booths will be set up in Discovery Square for attendees to enjoy. The Glacier Association will be selling an array of Glacier Centennial Gifts (including our new 100 Years, 100 Stories: A View Inside Glacier National Park book).

This is a night not to be missed!

If you can’t join in tonight, be sure to check out our pictures in the online centennial photo gallery!

On behalf of the Glacier Centennial Program, we would like to thank the town of Columbia Falls for their efforts in making this centennial event possible.

100 Stories Commemorating Glacier National Park

December 3, 2009

Stories Galore!

Who would of thought that 115 minds could compile and publish a group of riveting stories in 11 months?

Well, the Glacier Centennial Program, along with 100 selected authors have launched a commemorative story book. The stories range from tales of adventures in Glacier’s high peaks to recollections of growing up on Lake McDonald. There are Ranger Tales and stories recalling Hootenannys. And pictures– Oh, the pictures tell stories all by themselves.

Glacier’s Centennial Program is pleased to share this project and product with the world. We are leaving a legacy for Glacier National Park through these stories– and we hope that you will continue to share your stories with your friends, family, and neighbors.

You can find A View Inside Glacier National Park at the Glacier Association, one of our cooperating park partners.


Kass Hardy

Glacier National Park, The First 100 Years– with Author Carol Guthrie

November 27, 2009
The First 100 Years– with Author Carol Guthrie

Please join us for a special reception with Author Carol Guthrie for her new book, The First 100 Years at the Montana House in Apgar Village from 2-5 PM on Saturday, November 28, 2009.  

Carol Guthrie, a freelance writer who lives in the Ninemile Valley west of Missoula, Montana will give a presentation at 2 p.m. about the writing efforts that went into her latest book- Glacier National Park, The First 100 Years.

Personnel from the Glacier Association and from Glacier National Park will also be there to announce the newest book related to Glacier’s Centennial,
A View Inside Glacier National Park: 100 Years, 100 Stories.

For more information about Glacier’s Centennial, please visit: