A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



Looking Forward By Looking Back

Tim Schaff

Roundup High School

1998-99

Students began their study of Roundup by exploring place. The sophomores read Willa Catherís short story “Neighbor Roscicky” and Amanda Muroís “Maria Tepache.” They then wrote their own essays of place, documenting the locations around Roundup that hold special meaning for them. Students then begin to ask the larger community to share their experiences. Students collected and catalogued over 70 family artifacts, and began interviewing community elders. After talking with community members they wrote essays on the theme “Looking Forward by Looking Back.” Through their research students aimed to answer the question, “What is the most important lesson our generation can learn from yours?” In addition to their written essays, students also created photo essays. After completing their research students invited the elders they worked with to a community pot-luck dinner and celebration to show their appreciation.

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