Become a Montana Heritage Project Affiliate
Up to $1000 per school is available to support local research
projects in Montana high schools. By becoming a Heritage Project Affiliate, a high school teacher can
receive resources, support and recognition for completing a local studies
project that involves members of the community and that culminates in
gifts of scholarship for the community, as outlined in the
at a school may include more than one classroom and teacher. These funds
must be applied for by March 1 of the year before project will be
undertaken (application form).
During the school year in which the project is undertaken, teachers who
have received grants will be expected to attend the
Youth Heritage Festival as observers.
At this Festival, students from
demonstration sites present their research findings to the State of
Each year, a topic for research will be chosen for all participating
affiliates, and a workshop in the spring before the projects begin will be
required for all teachers who have been awarded grants, so that they can
become familiar with materials and techniques related to the topic.
For the 2005-06 school year, new affiliates may participate in the
Veterans History Project in partnership with
the Library of Congress. Affiliates may also design their own local
research projects on a different topic.
A teacher need not be approved and funded to participate. Any teacher
who wishes can request our packet and conduct a local research project and
attend the Youth Heritage Festival. To stay in touch, teachers may
subscribe to Heritage Education
magazine, which is available free to educators.
The goals of the Affiliates Program are (1) to engage students in
research projects organized around essential questions and aimed at deeper
understanding (2) to involve community members (and organizations) in
working partnerships with student researchers (3) to support students in
their development of advanced academic skills by enlisting them as
intellectual workers assisting in authentic community purposes.
The Montana Heritage Project is a partnership between the Library of Congress,
the Montana Historical Society, and the Office of Public Instruction. We seek
long-term relationships with dedicated professionals, and an exciting
array of opportunities have emerged for teachers who have worked in the
For more information, contact the Montana Heritage Project (St.
Ignatius Office: 406/745-2600 or Helena Office: 406/444-1759) or contact