A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



Cognitive Apprenticeships at Local Museum

Jeff Gruber
Rose Goyen

Libby High School

2000-01

Students in Libby High School’s elective Heritage Project class was included in a consortium awarded a $200,000 national leadership grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to continue the shared work of the school, the Heritage Museum and the public library. Students worked with a professional archivist to organize the museum archives, create finding aids, and develop an interpretive display of Libby during World War II. They also worked on a digitization project to make historical photographs more accessible to the community.

Throughout the year, some students met at the museum rather than the school. They researched and photographed historical buildings and sites throughout the community, including logging bridges, areas significant to the asbestos industry in Libby, homesteads, and Libby Dam. Rose Goyen’s English classes conducted oral interviews with fifteen Korean War veterans and wrote essays based on their researches, which were compiled into a book.

Throughout the year, students documented their projects and materials they gathered into a large-format, museum-quality scrapbook, so that a permanent record of Heritage Project activities was created as the work proceeded. Documentation of the present became an integral part of the class work.

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