A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Family Photographs Tell Parts of Local Story

Phil Leonardi
Annemarie Kanenwisher

Corvallis High School

Corvallis High School students continued to work on last year’s Heritage Project by organizing and categorizing the project photo archives, which now houses five hundred images supplied by local residents. These images would most likely have stayed in shoe boxes had the students not done this project. Students also documented the Corvallis cemetery and created a digital database of grave records. For the main project, students created portfolios containing their genealogies, important personal documents, their life stories, photographs and family stories which helped them to make connections between their family narratives and the history of the community. From all the background information and photographs collected, students developed and hosted a Heritage Night and presented their video which used over one hundred fifty historic photos, excerpts from community elders’ oral histories, and a student script woven together to explore the themes that have shaped the history and community of Corvallis.

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