A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



What Makes a Community Work?

Renee Rasmussen

Chester High School

1998-99

Students in Chester attempted to answer this question by choosing different areas of their communities to explore. They researched their area and attempted to show how it helped the community run successfully. To become accustomed to interviewing and documenting (before beginning their community research) students completed smaller research projects for publication in Mystic Montana Magazine. Students then used old newspapers, the local museum and genealogical society, and community members to complete their ten page research papers. Some research topics included: “Fathers Matter” by Cassie Johnson and Candy Hawks, “Hospital and Clinic: Why it affects the Community” by Trisha Hilton and Brian Schlepp, “Economic Relationships between Agriculture and Businesses in a Small Town” by Taylor Thorness and Dru Lyders, and “School’s Part in Shaping Community” by Kali Wicks and Krista McConnell. Students’ research also lead them to explore CHS’s past athletic successes. When looking for information on past trophies they discovered the old trophies were just stored in a closet in disrepair. Students then took on the task of cleaning, repairing, and displaying all the old trophies.

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