Glacier National Park Turns 100

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By Amanda May
Staff Writer

Since May 11th of 1910, Glacier National Park has hosted visitors in northern Montana. In 2010, will be marking its 100th year with huge celebrations and festivities. The 10th park to be named in the United States.

Glacier National Park scenes. (National Park Service)

Stay in towns near the park like Whitefish, Kalispell or Columbia Falls and join in the party!

Read below for a listing of activities this year:

Glacier National Park Rededication
Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration. Enjoy the live music and tours of the historic sites in the park, leaving from the Glacier Community Center on May 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just ask a park ranger at the entrance how to get to the community center!

Glacier Centennial Plein Air Paint Out
Plein air artists will be painting for three days within the park from June 22-24. Watch them capture the beauty of Glacier National Park or attend the reception in the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, Montana. Maps with the artist’s locations will be available at park entrances and ranger stations.

Centennial Poetry Reading at the Belton
Come to the Belton Chalet, across from the entrance to West Glacier, on June 25th to hear live poetry readings all day.

Glacier Centennial Symphony
Attend the Glacier Symphony summer pops concert from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 10th, 2010. It will be held at the Rebecca Farm at 1385 Farm to Market Road in Kalispell, Montana.

Centennial Heritage Days
Columbia Falls’ traditional summer celebration will be centennial themed this year. If you’re in the area from July 22-25, check out the parade, races and dancing in the streets. Columbia Falls is just a few miles from West Glacier.

Centennial Hootenanny
Ten different folk and singing groups will perform on July 30th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on August 2nd and 3rd from 5-8 p.m.

Centennial Huckleberry Days
Whitefish, Montana will be celebrating its annual huckleberry festival this year, but with some extra centennial oomph. The delicious berry will be available at the festival in the form of ice cream, desserts and even flavored beer! August 13-15, 2010, downtown Whitefish.

Check back on for updates as we get more info on Glacier National Park centennial events!

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