A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Sun River Stories

Dorothea Susag
Bill Durocher
Molly Pasma
Belinda Klick
Doug Little

Simms High School


In a collaborate project between junior history and English classes, students at Simms High School researched “river stories,” the river itself and life on and along the Sun River. They researched the journey of Lewis and Clark and the tools they used; they built a dugout canoe and a bull boat under the direction of the Lewis and Clark Honor Guard from Great Falls; they researched Meriwether Lewis’ days along the Sun River and wrote a children’s book, field-testing various versions by reading it to elementary classrooms; they researched the history of a championship basketball team from Fort Shaw that won the “World’s Championship” at the St. Louis Worlds Fair in 1904; they interviewed elders in the community and transcribed those interviews for the local archives; they brought family heirlooms to school and wrote poems about those treasures; and they produced their third Annual Heritage Fair for the community. In all cases, they asked what has changed and what has stayed the same in the Sun River Valley.

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