Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Living on the Prairie
   

Raised just eight miles from the Montana-North Dakota border on US Highway 2, I grew up learning to love the land, the sky, and the subtle beauty of the prairie landscape.

At the ripe old age of 36, I left my hometown to take a teaching job in Chester, Montana. Still on the praire, but it sight of the Sweet Grass Hills, I’ve taught high school English in the Chester school system for 15 years.

Just four years into my teaching career, I had the opportunity to become involved with the Montana Heritage Project, and its strong emphasis on community research, and attention to the stories from the community’s past struck a cord with me. I have always been facinated about how the past shapes the present, and the people of the present. Now I had a chance to more fully explore that very theme with students.  It has been hard work, demanding, and very satisfying.

My three children, all of whom went through the project, are now out of school and on their own. My husband, Roger, a member of a Montana family dating back to the 1870’s, and I spend our time with extended family, and in our adopted town of Chester.


Posted by Renee Rasmussen on 02/08 at 06:04 PM
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