A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Exploring Community History

Toni Gies-Gray
Tim Schaff

Roundup High School


Field trips that focused on history, geography and natural resources were conducted in the first part of the year to give students a better feel for their surroundings. Students then read Ivan Doig’s English Creek, a novel about an imaginary Eastern Slope community, which was set in the era in which many of their interview subjects had grown into adulthood. While reading the novel, guest speakers presented on a range of practical topics from that same time period. Some topics included a demonstration on how to pack a mule horse and tanning a hide. With this background information, students turned to local archives to compare and contrast Doig’s novel with the local community. Sophomores also worked on the project and created monologues based on historical events. Students also created portraits of their interview subjects.

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