A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Community History Understood Through the History of One House

Renee Rasmussen
Willie Schlepp

Chester High School


Sophomores in Chester continued work done last year into the history of a basta brick house built by Estonian settlers just after the turn of the century. Students were able to locate and interview the daughter, Trudi Skari, of the man who built the house and they were also able to locate two other similar houses in the area. Working in both their English class and computer applications class, students created a ten-minute video and began a web site featuring the Estonian house and its history, which links the history of Chester to the Russian Revolution and the Homestead Act. They documented the process of completing a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for this building.

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