Documenting a One-Room
In its first year in the Montana Heritage Project, the Montana History class in Dillon is undertaking the ambitious project of gathering the history and documenting the present of the small country schools in the area. On Halloween, nine students under the direction of teacher Jerry Girard visited the one-room school at Polaris (35 miles northwest of Dillon) and the two-room schools at Jackson, Wisdom, and Grant. On November 21, they will document two-room schools at Reichle and Wise River.
The materials will be donated to the Beaverhead County
Museum to assist with its exhibit featuring the history of rural schools
in the county. At one time, the area had more than a hundred such schools.
The museum has moved the school from the abandoned silver mining camp of
Argenta into Dillon to house the exhibit.
Photos by Michael Umphrey © 2001 MONTANA HERITAGE PROJECT