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Heritage Project Students to read at the Book Festival

The Next Generation of Montana Writers

2005 Montana Committee for the Humanities Festival of the Book
Saturday morning, September 24, 2005 9:30 Session

Three high school writers from the Montana Heritage Project will read essays they wrote this past year based on inquiries into local culture.

Britney Maddox, Ronan High School, “ My Oma’s Story.” Britney’s essay was crafted from an oral history interview with her grandmother Else, her “Oma,” in which Else recounted the horrors of her childhood in Romania, Germany, and Poland during World War II.

Cassandra VandenBos, Simms High School, “Paving for Prosperity?” Cassie studied and will read her findings about how improvements to Highway 200 impacted the Sun River Valley through the 20th century.

Claire Stanfill, Bigfork High School, “Their Legacy Living Through Letters.” Bob and Ginny Reed donated their Vietnam-era home front-to-military front correspondence to the Bigfork Heritage Project. Claire will read her analytical summary of the content and value of the letters to us and to the Reeds.

Former Montana Heritage Project teacher and University of Montana English-graduate student Christa Umphrey will introduce this session and these students.

Each year, the Montana Heritage Project holds a Youth Heritage Festival at the Capitol in Helena, where the best student scholars from around the state present their research and writing to the State of Montana, to be preserved at the Montana Historical Society. The Project was initiated by the Library of Congress with support from the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation and has received nationwide recognition for the caliber of student research and writing it generates. 

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 08/31 at 11:14 AM






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