Governors of 13 States Plan to Raise Standards in High Schools

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 - The governors of 13 states said Sunday that they were forming a coalition to improve high schools by adopting higher standards, more rigorous courses and tougher examinations. The 13 states are Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. Other states are expected to join the coalition in the next few weeks.

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Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 02/28 at 10:20 AM
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Unusual Photographic Treasures at the Society Illuminated

Double exposures, spiritualism, and tricks of photography drawn from the Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives collection will be presented as part of Thursday Night at the Society next week (March 10).
Society Photograph Archives Supervisor Lory Morrow will present “Photographic Treasures in the Montana Historical Society’s Collection� at 6:30 p.m. at Montana’s Museum across from the Capitol.
“I will be presenting a slide show focusing on the unusual things in the collection that most people don’t know about,� Morrow said. “Everybody knows us for the Custer and Calamity Jane kinds of things. I will be showing another side of the collection.�
For instance, Morrow said one of the photos is of a spiritualist with several ghostly heads surrounding him. “Spiritualist photography was very popular at one time,� she said. “I also will be showing a photo of a levitation.�
Morrow said that many people think that manipulating photographs by such things as double exposures is a modern phenomenon. “Photos were altered in the past as well. I will be talking about some of the tricks of photographers,� she said.
The program is free and open to the public.

Posted by Marcella Sherfy on 02/28 at 08:26 AM
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A Wide-Open Discussion on Myron Brinig’s “Wide-Open Town”

The Montana Historical Society’s “Pages In History” Readers Forum this month features Myron Brinig’s “Wide Open Town” that brings early 1900s Butte to life through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant.
The book, which was first published in 1931 was controversial at the time for its treatment of young love and the seamier sides of Butte, which is fictionalized as Silver Bow in the novel.
“In recreating life in (Butte) during the heyday of miners and prostitutes and saloons, Mr. Brinig writes with the throttle wide open,” was the review it received in 1931 from the New York Times.
The forum is free and open to everyone. The forum is held every last Thursday of the month with next month’s selection to be “Counting Coups� by Larry Colton.

Posted by Marcella Sherfy on 02/19 at 10:58 AM
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