A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Oral History of World War II Veterans

Mary Sullivan

Bigfork High School


Juniors in Bigfork recorded oral history interviews with sixteen veterans. To prepare, students studied oral history techniques, using The Good War by Studs Terkel to understand what was possible with oral histories. Meanwhile, nearly every teacher in the high school participated in a broad-ranging study of war, examining its various aspects in their classes. This interdisciplinary work included subjects as varied as veteranís experiences, medical advances due to war, the methods of propaganda, analyzing battle statistics, and the entrance of women into the workforce. The oral histories were presented to the community at a Veterans Appreciation Night on Veterans Day. At the end of the student presentations, VFW members presented awards to Desert Storm veteran Christine Friar, a reporter for the Bigfork Eagle.

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