News of Interest to Heritage Reporters and Teachers
Widdicombe presents at Working Waters Institute
Heritage Project teacher Nancy Widdicombe shared her work on the upper Mussellshell with a consortium of educators who hope to engage high school students in studying the Clark Fork River watershed.
The Working Waters Institute in Butte April 21-23, 2005, brought together the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, the Teaching American History Project at Anaconda High School, and the About Place! project being developed by Rattlesnake Productions. The Institute was notable for its intent to develop place-based education that draws together teachers in the sciences and those in the humanities. Michael Umphrey provided an introduction to place-based education.
Alger given “Distinguished Librarian Award” at MLA Conference
Dale Alger was awarded the Distinguished Librarian Award by Michael Umphrey at the Montana Library Association conference in Billings on April 25. The award includes travel to a national conference to be selected by the recipient.
Dale was joined at the conference by colleague Tim Schaff and superintendent William Schlepp as well as several family members.
The award recognized the important role played by librarians in the the Heritage Project, assisting young people in finding resources to study their communities and providing access to student work to future researchers. The Montana Heritage Project began as an initiative of the Library of Congress with leadership and funding provided by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation and has remained a library-centered project ever since. Students begin their work by doing research in the libraries and they complete their work by returning to the library--this time with books and articles they have written to add to the shelves.
2005 Distinguished Scholars
Claire Stanfill – Bigfork – “Their Legacy Living Through Letters” (teacher: Mary Sullivan)
Cory Hawks & Michael Woods – Chester – “CRP on the Farm and in the Community” (teacher: Renee Rasmussen)
Neah Parshall – Simms –"The Old North Trail” (teachers: Dorothea Susag and Josh Clixby)
Rachael Reckin – Libby – “Songs of Hope: Music in Libby, Montana During the Great Depression” (teacher: Jeff Gruber)
Cassandra VandenBos – Simms – “Paving for Prosperity?” (teachers: Dorthea Susag and Josh Clixby)
Chennell Brewer White Sulphur –"Solved! The Mystery of the Men at the Poor Farm” (teacher: Nancy Brastrup)
Britney Maddox – Ronan –"My Oma’s Story” (teacher: Christa Umphrey)
Kelli Daily – Broadwater –"Raising Cane in Broadwater County” (teacher: Darlene Beck)
Heidi Myers – Broadwater – “Color Coded? Civil Rights in Broadwater County” (teacher: Darlene Beck)
Jessica Eastley – Simms – “The Mullan Road: Passion and Vision” (teacher: Dorothea Susag and Josh Clixby)
Patrice Foster – Broadwater –"The Vietnam Wave: An Interview with John Carlton” (teacher: Darlene Beck)