A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Auto Tour Guide

Dorothea Susag

Simms High School


Simms students were approached by Cindy Kittredge, President of the Cascade County Historical Society about the possibility of designing a brochure for the Sun River Valley. They accepted the challenge and began their work by compiling a list of historical locations in the valley. They then began plotting their sites on a map of the area and writing concise summaries of each place. After finishing the text, the class contacted organizations and individuals throughout the valley requesting pictures. They received photos from individuals throughout the valley, The Great Falls Tribune, Travel Montana, and also used pictures they had taken. Chuck Merja and his son Stewart, a freshman at Simms, designed the map for the brochure. After assembling a rough layout, the class sent a draft to Lloyd Keels at Image Tree Press, who agreed to donate his time and computers to show students how to graphically design the auto tour brochure. In order to fund the project, the Senior Honors English wrote, together with Mrs. Susag, a Montana Arts Council Special Projects Grant. After finishing their project, Roy Knudesen, Simms Shop Teacher, designed and built twenty-one boxes to place the tour guide in Sun River Valley communities.

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