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How you can involve your community in the Veterans History Project

Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645 Release: VETERANS DAY

The Montana Heritage Project is offering up to $1,000 grants for high school teachers across the state to get their students involved in researching and saving the stories of local veterans and those they left behind during the Vietnam War.

The Project is funded by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation in partnership with the Montana Historical Society and the Library of Congress.

The grants are available for the 2005-2006 school year and will be used to conduct oral history with veterans and others, focusing on the 1960s within the theme of “How did the Vietnam War change Montana and America?�

“Recording the memories of Montanans whose lives were deeply affected by the war is important and timely,� Heritage Project Education Director Marcella Sherfy said. “Students have seen and heard a lot about Vietnam recently. They are curious about a time that produced so many strong emotions, not to mention distinctive music and fashions.�

Applications from teachers who want grants are due by March 1, 2005. More information is available by logging on the Heritage Project’s website, or by calling Sherfy at the Montana Historical Society at 406-444-1759.

“This project links students and schools in new ways with older people in their community, their parents and grandparents, and also builds trust, understanding, and a growing sense of community,� Sherfy said.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 11/05 at 01:36 PM






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