Affiliates Information

Literature for affiliates


We Pointed Them North by E.C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott.  Cowboying in 1870s and 1880s Montana.

The Big Burn by Jeannette Ingold. Young people caught in the drama of the 1910 forest fires in western Montana.


The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie. Furtrading in 1830s and 1840s Montana.

Homesteading by Percy Wollaston.


Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker. A young girl comes of age and comes to understand her family on the hi-line in early twentieth century Montana.

Indian Life

Wind From an Enemy Sky by D’Arcy McNickle.  An account of the the encounter and misunderstandings between cultures, based on the Flathead experience in western Montana, where McNickle grew up.

Fools Crow by James Welch


Honey Wine and Hunger Root by Grace stone Coates. Poems written by a woman who came to Montana as part of the 1910 homstead era and continued to live and work around Martinsdale into the 1950s.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 04/29 at 09:24 PM
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Thematic units for oral history research

Creating a guide for Montana Heritage Project Affiliates

The Montana Heritage Project will sponsor a colloquium at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula (September 22-24) to plan simple teaching units that link literature and oral history. We will invite writers, historians, teachers and others to a conversation focusing on identifying 3-5 themes that teachers may want to research using oral history. For each theme we will select one or a few literary works that can help orient students to a theme, including but not limited to orientation to a time or place and to essential questions linked to Montana’s history. Sarah Reeves’ A thematic approach to historical fiction is an example of the sort of document we hope to create.

We will discuss whether to focus on expeditions into time periods (1910s, 1930s, 1960s) or on historical topics (immigration, oppression). We will create a set of questions both for students to discuss and for them to ask interview subjects.

Update: Dottie, What I meant was that the project of creating a simple set of guides to using Montana literature to orient students of Affiliate teachers to the topics and questions of their oral history projects might be something that you want to direct. In simpler words, can we get a set of 1 or 2 page summaries of books of Montana literature along with a half dozen or so questions that grow out of the books but that could form the basis of interviews with community members? A possible model is the unit Sarah Reeve did: She stops with dicussion questions but it would seem a simple thing to extend the questions into those that could be asked of grandparents or community members.

Your idea of meeting to discuss this at MEA rather than the Book Festival seems better than my idea. If we meet at the Book Festival, we may end up with a list of books, but I get a sinking feeling that after that I will need to read the books and write the guides. I could do a few, but it would be better if teachers who were presenting on Montana books at MEA each provided such guides for the books they were talking about.

Are teachers presenting on books of Montana literature? Do you think you could talk them into providing guides we could compile?

My thinking is that affiliates could either use the books and suggested directions for oral interviews, or they could create their own plan, as long as they filed such a guide with us.

My interests right now include We Pointed them North, Fools Crow, the Big Sky, Homesteading, Winter Wheat, and Wind from an Enemy Sky.

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Veterans Data Sheet

Information needed to submit an online article
to the Veterans History Project

To submit an online article to the Veterans History Project, you will need to fill out a form with the fields below. You will want to have collected this information in advance. You may print this form and use it to gather this data.

This is the information requested by the Library of Congress for each veteran interview:

Veteran’s Full Name
Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year)
Branch of Service
Place of Birth
Date of Induction (Month, Day, Year)
Drafted or Volunteered
Place of Induction
Serial Number
Location of U.S. Assignments-training or permanent
Outfit or unit(s)
Any unusual operations involving subject’s unit
Notable contact with enemy (military or civilian)
Personal medals or honors
Noteworthy Occurences
Rank at Discharge
Location of Interview
Description of Subject and Setting
Name of Principal Interviewer

This is the information to accompany the feature article that you wrote based on your interview:

Title of Feature Article
Author(s) of Feature Article
Text of Feature Article
Name of School Attended by Author
Grade Level of Author at Time Article was Written

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/18 at 08:22 PM
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