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About SHS

The Society was founded in 1982 by a group of individuals committed to preserving the history of Whitefish and the Flathead Valley for the present and future. Since its inception the Society has grown to over 200 members from all parts of the United States and Canada. In 1990 the Society acquired the Whitefish Railway Depot from the Burlington Northern Railroad and a Depot Committee was formed to oversee its restoration. The project took three years, hundreds of volunteer hours and generous monetary donations to complete. The interior was completely remodeled to accommodate new office space which included the Amtrak waiting room. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad now occupies the entire second floor. The third floor houses several other businesses and the offices of the Historical Society. The exterior has been restored to its original Glacier National Park chalet-like appearance. It was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1927 for $65,000.


Adjacent to the Amtrak waiting room is the Whitefish Museum which has many fascinating railroad and community artifacts and information. Our museum staff is present during museum hours to answer any questions you have about Whitefish, the Flathead Valley and the museum.

Inside the Whitefish Train Depot next to the Stumptown Historical Society, Whitefish History, Whitefish Photos, Whitefish Museum

Welcome to the online home of the Stumptown Historical Society! As Executive Director, it is my honor and privilege to invite you to virtually explore our museum, and to learn more about our incredible history! Take advantage of our online store, where you can purchase curated books about the history of the area and download high resolution historic photos, They make great gifts and proceeds go to support our organization. Please also consider becoming of a member. Your support enables the Society to maintain and care for the historic train depot, and is central to our mission of preserving Whitefish history for generations to come.


Jill Evans - Executive Director of the Stumptown Historical Society, Whitefish History, Whitefish Photos, Whitefish Museum

Brenda Ahearn photos/Daily Inter Lake

Stumptown Historical Society in the news

Heart of Whitefish: Recent painting project restores historic beauty of a town treasure

Homegrown museum is window to Whitefish's past

Digging Up Whitefish History


Tracing a local pioneer's family ties


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Historical Museum

A highlight of a visit to the historic Train Depot is a visit to our museum. Our collection of Whitefish, Flathead Valley, and Montana treasures is constantly expanding, thanks to the generous contributions made by community members.


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