The theme of the conference is, appropriately “Boom and Bust: Extracting the Past.”
The Thursday educator workshop will be rich with ideas for primary source lessons, including
information on our footlocker program, including a sneak peek at new lessons featured in our revamped immigration footlocker.
- Teaching with historic maps
- Teaching with historic newspapers
- Combining primary and secondary sources to study allotment and homesteading.
- Humanities Montana Director Ken Egan will also talk about the literature of mining.
Friday features panel presentations on topics as diverse as “Fortifying the Boom” (on military forts’ role in western expansion), “First Booms” (mining and early oil), “Picturing the Boom” (about historic photograph), “Women’s Work,” “Living with the Boom” (Richland County residents talk about the changes their community has faced), “History on the Hoof” (the cattle boom and bust), “There Will Be Oil” (the new oil landscape), “Symbols of the West” (wagon trains and livestock brands), “The Beet Goes On” (the sugar beet industry)—and many more, including the best titled paper: “O Tannenbaum–Boom! The Rise and Fall of Northwest Montana’s Christmas Tree Industry.”
Most of Saturday will be spent visiting area historic sites including Fort Union, the heart of the fur trade; Fort Buford, where Sitting Bull surrendered; and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center.
We’ve designed the scholarship application to be as quick and painless as possible. So, if you are interested in joining us, take 5-10 minutes and submit your application before midnight tonight.
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View the agenda for Thursday educator workshop.