Published by the Montana Historical Society Press, Mining Childhood: Growing Up in Butte, Montana, 1900-1960 offers a child’s-eye view of the Richest Hill on Earth. The book's premise is that children were keen observers and active participants in community life, and childhood accounts of work, play, family, schooling, ethnicity, and neighborhood life offer fresh perspectives on Butte.
We've posted five excerpts (ranging from 5 to 45 pages) as PDFS for free download.
- “Coming of Age in Wartime,” in “Chapter 1, Children of the Hill,” 50-55.
- “Chapter 2, Mining Childhood,” 64-110.
- “Chapter 4, Child’s Play: Risk and Resilience,” 135-77.
- "Historical Perspective" and "Newsboys" in “Chapter 6, Learning to Labor," 218-27.
- “Chapter 7, Memories of a McQueen Childhood,” 249-77.
Check out the lesson plans (two elementary, two middle and two high school), the videos, and the text excerpts on our Mining Childhood Classroom Resources page.