Montana Heritage Project

Information about Presenters

June 23 Sunday

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Michael Umphrey: Orientation to the Expeditionary Model and the ALERT process

Participants will give brief reports on research articles in the Institute binder that deal with various aspects of life in America in 1910.

Discussion of Institute expectations and logistics (developing rubrics for Student Conference binders, increasing the rigor of editing for student writing, developing a plan for student conference display posters, and assignments).

June 24 Monday Montana Historical Society

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Discussion

9:00 - 9:45 Introductions (to some characters from 1910) Michael Umphrey

9:45 - 10:30 Don Baker: "Eastern Montana: Paradise or Purgatory?" During the homestead era, the high plains of Montana were aggressively promoted by four railroad land companies. From 1910 to 1920, lured by free or cheap land and opportunistic promoters, the population of the state increased by 175,000 people. Mr. Baker uses slides, photographs, and extensive interviews as he traces what became of this "promised land."


11:00 - 11:45 Planning a Local Expedition using the ALERT  framework. This will include using state and national history standards to create guiding questions for research (adapting the Foxfire Approach). Sample Unit (Wolves in the American West) Michael Umphrey

11:45 - 12:45 Dave Walter: "Primary Source Material Available at the MHS." Dave will introduce a selection of primary sources relating to Montana in 1910. This will serve as the primary research "launching pad"  or for the Institute (along with the binders of selected secondary materials that were sent to registered participants in May). Dave will also talk about the research process and the adventure of research.

12:45 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 3:45 Dr. Brian W. Dippie: "C.M. Russell at the Millennium" and tour of the C. M. Russell Gallery. Dr. Dippie will tell the story of well-known western artist Charlie Russell by focusing on his art. Dr. Dippie uses slides to vividly describe the differences in Russellís earlier versus later work and the changes in Russellís life, and western myth and reality, that instigated those changes. After a lecture, participants will tour the C.M. Russell Gallery at the Montana Historical Society with Dr. Dippie.

4:00 - 5:00 "Behind the Scenes" Tour of the MHS. Participants will be divided into two groups. One group will tour Library/Archives and the other will tour Museum/Artifacts. After a half hour, the groups will switch.

6:30 - 9:00 Dinner with Teachers, Montana Heritage Project Executive Committee, and other invited guests: Montana Historical Society lobby. Remarks by Linda McCulloch, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Arnold Olsen, Director of the Montana Historical Society

June 25 Tuesday Montana Historical Society

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Discussion

9:00 - 11:00 Dr. Jean Luckowski: "Teaching with Primary Sources"

11:30 - 12:00 Marcella Sherfy: "The Power of the Real"


1: 00  - 5:00 Research with Primary documents: A selection of primary documents relating to Montana in the Progressive Era will be available for teachers to examine. They will work in teams or as individuals to plan (1) lesson plans OR (2) a web exhibit using these materials.

8:00 - 9:00 A Dramatic Presentation by Living Voices from Seattle: The New American. Share the Journey of the new American from the turmoil of the old country to the promise of America. Revisit the steamship passage of 1910, the path through Ellis Island, and the sweatshops of lower Manhattan. Discover hope and find the meaning of liberty.

Old Supreme Court Chambers
Montana State Capitol

June 26 Wednesday Montana Historical Society

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Discussion

9:00 - 10:30 Ed Dobb "Research and Writing for Nonfiction Articles"


11:00 -12:30 Deirdre McNamer: "Writing and A Sense of Place"






2:00 - 3:30 Colloquium: Montana Heritage Project teachers and Montana Historical Society staff (Charlene Porsild, Library and Archives Manager; Sue Near, Director of Museum Services; Kris Gallas, Education Officer; Becca Kohl, Photographic Archivist) (Dale Alger, facilitator)

4:00 - 5:00 Creating a Rubric for Student Conference binders

June 27 Thursday Montana Historical Society

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Discussion

9:00 - 10:30 The Material Culture of 1910: Tour of the Original Governorís Mansion, and Models for Creating a 1910 Time Capsule and feedback from teachers to Montana Historical Society about what "works" in a history trunk. Kris Gallas (Education Officer, Montana Historical Society).

11:30 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 Lab Session 1: Digital Expedition to the Progressive Era (Using online archives and exhibitions)  Carroll College

1. American Memories model teaching units 
2. 1910 Expedition primary documents
3. Online Exhibits
4. Digital Archives

3:00 - 5:00 Lab Session 2: Creating Your Digital Home Base (FrontPage Basics)  Carroll College

6:00 - 9:00 Gates of the Mountains Dinner and Tour Gates of the Mountains charter

June 28 Friday Carroll College Computer Lab 

7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Discussion

9:00 - 12:00 Lab Session 3: Create a lesson plan OR an online exhibit OR continue research at MHS archives OR get help with scanner, Photoshop, or Front Page

1:00 - 3:00 Lab Session 4: Create lesson plan OR an online exhibit OR continue research at MHS archives OR get help with scanner, Photoshop, or Front Page

3: 00 - 5:00 Lab Session 5: Create lesson plan OR an online exhibit OR continue research at MHS archives OR get help with scanner, Photoshop, or Front Page

7:00 - 9:00 Review digital exhibit Super 8 Motel

Online Institute Evaluation

June 29 Saturday

9:00 - 1:00 Address quality issues, i.e. writing that reaches the public, displays.

Assignments for those taking the institute for graduate credit:

Finish website work. Use site to create unit and/or lesson plans. Turn them in by posting them on the website.

Create lesson or brief interpretive essay based on a digital photograph of one ca. 1910 artifact for digital time capsule on the Expedition website.

Write paper based on local research.


Michael Umphrey: State Director of the Montana Heritage Project.

Marcella Sherfy: Chief of Heritage Operations, Montana Historical Society

Katherine Mitchell: State Manager of the Montana Heritage Project

Don Baker: Author and Historian, Billings, Montana and a regular speaker with the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau focusing on the time period around 1910-1925.

Brian Dippie: History Professor, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Subjects include: the American West; the United States in the Nineteenth Century; American Intellectual History; American Myth and Memory; Western American Art and Myth; History of Indian-White Relations. Research areas include Western American history and Art, the mythic West, American Indian policy and the Indian wars, the history of racial stereotyping in America. Author of numerous publications including books and articles on the American West, Western artists, George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and American Indians.

Jean Luckowski: Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Montana-Missoula.. Courses taught include: Ethics and Policy Issues, Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Middle & Secondary Schools, History of American Education. Research areas include applied ethics, values education, citizenship education.

Dave Walter: Research Historian, Montana Historical Society. Contributes a regular Montana history column to Montana Magazine among other publications; is the author of several books including Today Then (1992) and Montana Campfire Tales (1997); edited Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Montana History (2000) and co-edited Speaking of Montana: A Guide to the Oral History Collection at the Montana Historical Society (1997); and is a regular speaker with the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau.

Edwin Dobb: Journalism instructor at U.C Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A former senior editor and acting editor-in-chief of The Sciences, Edwin Dobb is currently a contributing editor of Harper's. He writes regularly for The New York Times Magazine and other national publications. Dobb is the co-author with Jack Horner of Dinosaur Lives: Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga. Current projects include a book on the cultural implications of cosmology for W.H. Freeman and another for Houghton Mifflin on copper mining and its social and environmental legacies in Butte, Montana. Dobb also is co-writer of a documentary film about Butte and a dinosaur video series being prepared by Rattlesnake Productions.

Deirdre McNamer: Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English, University of Montana-Missoula. Author of several articles for publications including The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Outside Magazine and has written several novels including Rima in the Weeds and My Russian.

Dale Alger: Librarian at Roundup High School and and a great actor. Also the nicest man in the Montana Heritage Project.

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