A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Teaching Students to Document Their Heritage

Toni Gies-Gray
Tim Schaff

Roundup High School


Students began the year by exploring the mining heritage of the community by looking at historical photographs. Shirley Parrott, the director of the Musselshell County Historical Museum provided the art classes with photographs, and then students then interpreted those photographs, creating original artwork portraying that same heritage. Through the Artist in Residency program Michael Crummett visited both Gies-Gray’s art classes and Schaff’s media arts classes, presenting a series of workshops on black and white photography and developing. Roundup also set up its own darkroom, enabling students to refine their photography skills by creating photo essays chronicling the other heritage projects they completed throughout the year.

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