Welcome to Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park
By Beth Dunagan, with Carol Buchanan. Softcover, 170 pages.
Beth Dunagan, a third-generation Montanan, grew up at Sperry Chalet, high in the back country of Glacier National Park. In this memoir, she tells her own story intertwined with that of her extended family, the Ludings. They began their stewardship of this unique landmark in 1954, when Beth was nine years old. With only brief intermissions, they have hardly ever left it.
Her education at Sperry included learning to rappel down cliffs, collect insects in the crevasses of Sperry Glacier, shoe-ski down snow fields, slide down bear grass meadows, and free-climb to supposedly inaccessible heights. She and her cousins became experts on the geology, flora, and fauna of the Park before she entered high school. Loving all animals, she developed a special affinity for the mountain goats, especially a billy she and a friend named “Handsome.”
Since 1954, each generation has passed their love for Sperry to their children and grandchildren. Beth tells a heartwarming story of how she shares her eight-year-old grandson’s joy at seeing a kid goat up close.
Designed by an internationally known architect and constructed of locally quarried stone in 1914, the Chalet burned in the Sprague wildfire in the summer of 2017 and has since been rebuilt.
This book was published on the occasion of Sperry Chalet's 100th anniversary in 2014.
Softcover, 170 pages.