hat does it
mean to be a Montanan? This question underlies much of the work of the Heritage Project.
Obviously, such a question doesn't have the sort of objectively true answer that is
pursued by scientists. But there are other sorts of truths that grow out of what we desire
and what we will-- truths that we make with our lives. In old England, young couples at
marriage ceremonies publicly pledged their "troth" to one another-- their lives
and their plighted beings-- and if they kept their promises to each other and to their
community, their lives made truth of their pledges. . . MORE. . .
he ethics of photographing people:
Two definitions of the word "ethics" are "the rules or standards governing
the conduct of the members of a profession," and "the moral quality of a course
of action." Both definitions are useful when thinking about photographing people. As
heritage reporters, some of you will be taking photographs of people. . . MORE. . .
hematic approach to historical fiction: Many stories of the American
West involve a willingness to take risks to achieve reward. This theme is also central to
the coming-of-age story, which is developmentally relevant for adolescents who are
grappling with identity as they question who they are, where they fit in, and what paths
are available. . .
he Montana Heritage Project is a collaborative educational initiative between the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Montana Historical Society, the Office of Public Instruction, the Montana Arts Council, and the Montana Committee for the Humanities. It has involved citizens and teachers from Bigfork, Broadus, Chester, Corvallis, Fort Benton, Libby, Pryor, Red Lodge, Roundup, St. Ignatius, Simms, and Townsend. The Project is sponsored by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation. For further information, contact Project Director Michael Umphrey or Project Manager Katherine Mitchell at P.O. Box 672; St. Ignatius, MT 59865 (406) 745-2600, email email@example.com
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