Simms Students To Present at the Montana Historical Society

TWO EVENTS HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY EVENING AT SOCIETY,
AWARD WINNING STUDENT STUDY AND GHOST TOUR OF HELENA
The Montana Historical Society is offering two programs Thursday (June 16) beginning at 6:30 p.m. to kickoff its summer season that extends museum hours until 8 p.m. to provide more access to Montana’s Museum.
The Museum will be open each Thursday until 8 p.m. for programs or for those who just want to go through the exhibits.
An award winning student study will lead off the programs, and will be followed by a special Last Chance Tour Train trip through “some ghostly haunts” in Helena hosted by the Society’s Ellen Baumler, who is the author of a new book on the subject, “Beyond Spirit Tailings.”
The first part of this Thursday’s program will be the same report and study that four Simms High School students made recently to Librarian of Congress James Billington on a trip to Washington, D.C.
The students were chosen to represent the Society’s Montana Heritage Project for their study of the history of transportation in the Sun River Valley. They investigated themes ranging from how prehistoric Old North Trail use compares and contrasts to current Interstate 15 use, to the impact of rail line closing in the valley and the politics of local transportation.
The students are Heidi Tynes, Crystal Tetzel, Neah Pashall and Jessica Eastley. To help set the stage for Baumler’s tour, Eastley also will talk about the Simms Heritage Project study she led last year that involved creating a database of information from headstones at local cemeteries that is servings as a model across the state.
Heritage Project Education Director Marcella Sherfy said “with teacher support and encouragement from organizations like the Montana Historical Society students can contribute rich material for future researchers to help tell the story of our great state.”
After the student presentation, Baumler will lead a tour of cemeteries, Reeder’s Alley and other places where unexplained spirit events have been reported in Helena.
There will be a $5 charge for the tour, and Tour Train spokesman Lee Holmes said that tickets will be sold at the regular tour train area on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“We know this will be popular, so people can purchase tickets when they get to the Society, or after the student program,” he said.

Tom Cook (MHS Information Officer)


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