Gateway to Montana's Artistic Legacy

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Carnegie Library Building Centennial

Original Architectural 
Drawing from 1903

On December 21, 1901 Andrew Carnegie granted $10,000 for construction of the building that houses the Hockaday Museum of Art today. It has been continuously used for public service since it opened.

May 15, 1903 Cornerstone placed
January 12, 1904 Public library formally opened
February 10, 1969 The Hockaday Art Center occupies the building after library moves to a new location. In 1998, the Hockaday Center changed its name to the Hockaday Museum of Art to reflect its new focus.

On May 1, 2003, we celebrated the centennial of the laying of the cornerstone of the Carnegie library building which now houses the Hockaday Museum of Art. On January 15, 2004, we celebrated the centennial of the Carnegie library opening, which took place on January 12, 1904. 

Birthday Parties for the Centennial Celebration of the Carnegie Library Building,
Home of the Hockaday Museum of Art May 1, 2003, and January 15, 2004

The new Centennial Banner hangs outside the building

Having one cake (above)
while eating another (below)

A visitor peruses the literature
at the Wall of History in our 
Elevator Gallery beneath
Andrew Carnegie's portrait,
tartan, and other memorabilia

Mark Norley,
President of the
Board of Trustees,
smiles for the camera on
January 15, 2004

Award-winning Kalispell painter Joe Abbrescia talks about restoring John Fery's painting St. Mary's Lake and Grinnell Glacier at the opening of the
Glacier National Park Exhibition Room

Linda Engh-Grady, Executive Director of the Hockaday Museum of Art, listens to Joe Abbrescia's stories about painters and painting in Glacier National Park

Jana Goodman, Secretary of the
Board of Trustees, takes a moment to talk with other board members as they serve refreshments in the Montana Modern gallery

Just Us Girls: Marcia Siblerud (L), Suzanne Wanbeke (C), and Sally Murdock (R) serenade the crowds with fine vocal jazz, accompanied by  Carlene McCrea on piano. Paintings by Howard A. Terpning (L) and
Diccon Swan (R) grace the walls behind them.

Two stalwarts of Flathead Art:
Frank Tetrault and Prof. John Rawlings hold forth in the other Montana Modern gallery. Works by Betsey Hurd, Marshall Noice, and Valentina LaPier are in the background. 

Hockaday Museum of Art  
302 Second Ave. East, Kalispell, Montana, 59901

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