Margaret James Black

Margaret James Black Memorial Scholarship

Given by Tracy Cosgrove

This fund honors the memory of Margaret James Black, who came to Glacier National Park in Montana in the 1920s to work as an executive assistant at Glacier Park Lodge. She met and married Hugh Black, a seasonal park ranger from Michigan, and in 1932 the two founded what became St. Mary Lodge and Resort. While growing the business to include an expanded grand lodge, motels, cottages and cabins, restaurants, gift shops, outfitters, and a supermarket and gas station, Margaret found time to raise six children. She was a generous supporter of her children and their endeavors, as well as her many, many grandchildren. Margaret passed in 2008, at age 105. Her legacy lives on with Margaret Black Cottages/The Cottages at Glacier Park, which today is managed by her youngest daughter and three grandchildren.