A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

A Closer Look at Education in the Community

Renee Rasmussen

Chester High School


Students focused on the history of education in their county which was incorporated in 1919. Research led the students to many places, including the old school house, which was believed to be underwater in a flooded reservoir, but had actually been moved to a backyard. Had the owner of the building not heard of the project, it might never have been discovered that the building still existed. The school house’s attic was full of old school records, which the property owner turned over to the students for their research. The research was combined with oral history interviews of former area students and was bound into a book entitled “An Historical and Critical Look at Rural Education in Liberty County.” The book was made available to the community for copying costs and copies are housed at local libraries and museums.

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