Conrad Mansion Museum | Kalispell, MT

Conrad Mansion - Northwest side with horse drawn buggy - circa 1900
MISSION
To preserve and exhibit the 1895 Charles Conrad Family Estate
through public tours, educational programs, and community events.
Windows boarded, stone fence falling over - circa 1970
Overgrown, upper balcony deteriorating - circa 1970
The city of  Kalispell directed the newly-formed Conrad Mansion Board of Directors to carry out the repair, restoration, maintenance and operations of the Mansion. In 1975, under the direction of L.A. "Sam" Bibler, the first president of the Board of Directors, scores of local volunteers worked to bring the home and grounds back to its bragging rights. That same year, the Conrad Mansion Museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On June 1, 1976, a frail Alicia Campbell was present at the grand opening of the Conrad Mansion Museum for public tours. The lifelong dream of the little girl raised in the Mansion had finally been realized.

To this day, the Museum is self-supporting and relies solely on monies received by tour fees, fundraisers, memberships and donations. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates without taxpayer funds.
Alicia Conrad Campbell, age 84,
on the front porch of the 
Mansion during the ribbon
cutting ceremony when the
Museum opened to the public.
NEWS June 1, 1976
The house was dark; windows boarded over and the grounds overgrown with brush. The dry stone fence was in disrepair. Distinguished visitors such as James J. Hill, the Great Northern Railroad tycoon; Charlie Russell, the Western artist; William T. Hornaday, President of the American Bison Society; along with dozens of servants were but memories of the past.

The glory days were gone. Such was the state of the Conrad Mansion in 1974 when the city of Kalispell accepted the run-down property given by Alicia Conrad Campbell, youngest daughter of Charles E. and wife Alicia (Lettie) Stanford Conrad.



Campbell wrote of her intent, "I am making this gift to the City with the hope that it will serve, the City, (and Montana and the Nation) as a monument to my father, C.E. Conrad, and of that period of Kalispell and Montana history in which he lived. The Conrad Mansion Museum will fulfill that purpose." 
(letter to City of Kalispell from Alicia Conrad Campbell, dated November 16, 1973)

The home was always owned by the Conrad family. Campbell lived in the home until 1964 when she could no longer afford to maintain it. She and her husband moved into a trailer on the northwest corner of the property. After much financial hardship and overcoming the city's initial refusal to accept the financial responsibility due to lack of community support, Campbell prevailed and in 1974, the city accepted her gift with the condition that no taxpayer money be used to support it.