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Sunday, February 27, 2005

The People of the Upper Musselshell River Valley/Life in 1910 in the Valley
Harlowton High School

Nancy E. Widdicombe, Project Director
Harlowton High School
P.O. Box 288
Harlowton, MT 59036

Class or classes in which Project will be completed: English IV/Grade 12

Total number of students participating: 10

Research Questions

Who are the people who live in the Upper Musselshell River Valley?  Where did they come from and why do they stay in the Valley?  What are their stories and would they tell the same stories if they lived in another place? 
What was life like in the Valley in the 1910s?  What did people eat?  How did they entertain themselves?  What did they wear?
How has life changed for the people in Valley?

Timeline of Activities

January 15, 2006 to May 15, 2006
January 15--Students learn how to interview, to find and use primary documents, to analyze a photograph, and begin to read background material about the Upper Musselshell Valley from a variety of sources.  Introduction to reading material:  Pioneers of Yesteryears:  A History of Wheatland County; Terry Ortwein’s Harlo:  A Remembrance; L.H. Miller’s Just Reminiscing; and Spike VanCleve’s Forty Years’ Gatherin’s.
February--Students read an autobiography by a former resident which models a style of “story telling” with humor, historical concept, and sensitivity.  Trips are taken to the local newspaper to investigate the archives and learn how to use the newspaper for historical writing.  In Part I, The People of the River, students begin to schedule interviews with interviewees, research the family of the interviewees, interview and write rough drafts.
March--Interviews, other materials used in interviews (i.e., photographs, primary documents) are scanned, archived, and included in the final draft--the final publication is published.
April--Presentation at Student Conference is readied and presented; students return to Part II of the Project--the way of life in the 1910s.  Students will focus on fashion and dress of the era and conduct research and interviews with a goal of photpgraphing actual clothing from the 1910s.
Open House in May of 2006

Funds requested

$200 substitutes for field trips, student conference
$200 mileage for van for field trips
$100 mileage for personal car--transportation of students during research
$200 mileage for trip to Student Conference
$300 for rooms for students at Student Conference
$150 Invitations, postage, food and drink for the Open House
$300 for Textbooks including Fashion books (to be researched still)
$400 for zoom lens for present camera
$300 for printer for book publishing
$600 for a new camcorder
$200 for paper for final book
$200 for folders for research, archiving material, tapes, disks

Total requested: $2750

Resources pledged by School District

$200 for substitutes
$200 mileage for van for field trips
$200 mileage for trip to Student Conference
$200 for Bus Driver and room/Student Conference
$300 for indirect costs for copying, phone calls, photo paper, paper for book draft, batteries, disks, etc.
$1200 for new computer for the Project only
$200 for paper for the final book
$200 Binding material, use of binder

Culminating Event or Product

The final Project will be a book, the sixth in a series on the Upper Musselshell Valley.  Students will present their work in an Open House at the Harlowton Youth Center in May.

Assurances. The School Administration assures that the school will: (1) Support the educational goals listed on the Montana Heritage Project home page (; (2) Provide the Montana Heritage Project Director with data as needed for project evaluation; (3) Provide time as needed for teacher inservice, curriculum development, and instructional planning to implement the project as described in this application; (4) Allow teachers listed as team members in this application release time to attend a two-day Summit Conference in Helena in February and a 2-day Student Conference in April; (5) Support staff members in writing and speaking about the Montana Heritage Project in professional and community settings; (6) Support the development of connections to the community as described in this application; (7) Show district support of at least $1000 (or, if the grant request is for less than $1000, district support equal to the amount requested). Indirect costs can be used as part of the district support.



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