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Townsend students honored by Historical Society

Townsend Star • April 14, 2005 • Townsend, Montana

by Staff

BHS Distinguished Scholars Patrice Foster, Heidi Myers, and Kelli Dailey

Eleven high school writers from around Montana were recently named “distinguished scholars” by the Montana Historical Society. Three of those eleven were students from Broadwater High School. Patrice Foster, Heidi Myers and Kelli Dailey were honored for their work in the Montana Heritage Project at the Student Youth Festival at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena.

Patrice Foster’s essay, “The Vietnam Wave” focused on the Broadwater County servicemen and women who served in the 1960s. Patrice used primary sources from the local Broadwater Historical Society and archived Townsend Star newspapers to gather her information. Patrice found that in 1966 there were 20 Broadwater County soldiers serving in Vietnam. Patrice also interviewed former veteran John Carlton to help her gain a perspective of Vietnam.

Heidi Myers’ essay, “Color Coded? The African Civil Rights Movement” is a reflection on national civil rights issues and a reflection on how present day Broadwater County individuals were affected. Heidi interviewed a teacher who was teaching in Mississippi when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. She also completed extensive reading and research to fully comprehend the events of this time period. 

Kelli Dailey’s essay, “Raising Cane in Broadwater County” was based on an interview with her grandparents, Slim and Midge Bucy. Kelli focused on the history of raising sugar beets in Broadwater County and she related many of her family’s stories about that process. Her research captured an historical agricultural period for this area.

Darlene Beck, English teacher with the Montana Heritage project, would like to thank all of the individuals who assisted students with the research. Students interviewed over 75 area individuals and used the resources available at the Broadwater Historical Society and Museum, the Townsend Star and the court house. Without these valuable resources, the project would have been impossible. With the support and the generosity of the community, fifty-one seniors were able to write essays pertaining to the 1960s and seventy-two juniors produced essays on Broadwater County in the 1910s. All of the essays along with a power point of the students’ work will be preserved in a binder and donated to the Broadwater Community Library. Digital copies of the work will be donated to the Montana Historical Society in Helena and the local museum. 

Posted by Michael L Umphrey
on 04/18 at 01:20 PM
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