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Resources for Montana Heritage Project Affiliates

Frequently Asked Questions

A Student's Guide to Oral History Projects (pdf | html)

Recommended tapes, tape recorders, and microphones

Student Release Form

Oral history forms

Interviews and transcripts of Vietnam veterans completed in Christa Umphrey's English classes at Ronan High School.

Tips on writing a feature article

Sample feature article based on oral interview

Submission Directions for posting feature articles about veterans. Submission Directions for submitting feature articles about other topics.  (3 per affiliate site must be submitted)

Resources about Vietnam

Veterans Recognition Assembly at Bigfork High School

Book of Interviews with World War II veterans published by students at Ronan High School, available from Amazon:


Historical Society's project keeping veterans' stories alive, Tom Cook, Helena Independent Record, November 10, 2003




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 ALERT process.

A project 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 Montana.

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 Project.

For more information, contact the Montana Heritage Project (St. Ignatius Office: 406/745-2600 or Helena Office: 406/444-1759) or contact Education Director Marcella Sherfy.


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