Article about Liz in the Missoulian

Brian Kahn’s essay about Liz Claiborne was published in the Missoulian Thursday.

There was mention of the Montana Heritage Project:

Their Montana Heritage Project in public schools was unique, bridging generations, and changing children’s understanding of their place in the world. Unlike many from other places, they were accepted fully as members of the Montana community.

Mainly, though, the piece is about how giving and responsible and modest she was. It talks about the incredible success of the corporation that she and Art built, and then it talks about their quiet and innovative philanthropy. It’s quite moving. At a teacher institute in Great Falls where we were surrounded by senators and such dignataries, I remember Liz and Art politely but definitely disengaging from the VIPs who wanted their attention so they could seek out classroom teachers from the Heritage Project to get up to speed on what was really important to them. We can also remember numerous times when she overcame the disease that afflicted her last years to show up at events where our kids would be—always smiling, always cheerful, always gracious.

Truly a class act. We miss her.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 07/05 at 11:05 PM
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2007 Montana Heritage Project

MHP Teachers to meet at History Conference

Update: Here’s the program description:
Organizing a Learning Expedition to 1910

October 18, 2007
Montana Historical Society

Take your students on an expedition to that most exotic of places: the past. Visit the dusty roads, mining camps, railroad towns, raw new cities, homesteads, businesses, churches, firefighting camps, and cattle drives of Montana in 1910.

Experienced Montana Heritage Project teachers invite all interested classroom teachers to join them as they discuss their plans to take their own students on expeditions to 1910 as well as their plans to create a book of student writing about life in Montana 100 years ago. The workshop will be led by Christa Umphrey (Editorial Director), Sarah Zook (MHP Director) and Michael Umphrey (author of The Power of Community-Centered Education).  This workshop will give teachers the background they need to participate.

It is open to any classroom teacher, though the emphasis will be upon high school history and English teaching. OPI renewal credits available.


Here’s the webpage for the 2007 Montana History Conference. We’ll meet Thursday afternoon, October 18 in what will function as a formal launch of this year’s 1910 Expedition. We’ll have teacher packets on hand for teachers new to the project, and experienced teachers will be available to talk about how to do it.

It seems a little fortuitous that the Society has chosen an image from 1908 to promote the conference.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 07/01 at 01:03 PM
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