Monday, September 22, 2014

Women's History Matters Scavenger Hunt. Cool Resources Plus a Prize--Who Could Ask for More?

Have you--and your students--checked out our Women's History Matters project yet?

Created as part of a commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana, Women’s History Matters is designed to promote an increased appreciation and understanding of the role of women in Montana’s past. The website includes bibliographies of manuscript collections, oral histories, government documents, pamphlets, magazine articles, videos and dvds, and published material; over 130 articles published in Montana The Magazine of Western History to download and read; information on oral historiesincluding what’s been collected and how to conduct your own; educator resources, including lesson plans; suggestions for ways communities, individuals, and organizations can celebrate the 2014 centennial; and more.

At its core, though Women's History Matters is a blog--we post two, well-written, 600-900 word articles every Tuesday and Thursday about some aspect of Montana women's experience: from women bootleggers to the Women's Christian Temperance Union; from the Women of the KKK to the members of the Montana Federation of Negro Women's Clubs; from Kwilqs (a Pend d'Oreille woman who led her fellow warriors against the Blackfeet and Crow) to Blackfeet banker Elouise Cobell, who took on the federal government on behalf of Indians everywhere.

Need some encouragement to explore the blog? Join the Women's History Matters scavenger hunt (and invite your students to join as well).  

Find the answers to the following 5 questions on the Women’s History Matters blog. Then send your answers to us in a private message via the Montana Women's History Matters Facebook page  (and while you are at it, like our page!) Don't want to use Facebook? Email your answers (and snail mail address) to me at mkohl@mt.gov

We'll pick a winner at random (from those who answer correctly) to receive an autographed copy of I DO: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF MONTANA WEDDINGS. Ready?

1. Norwegian women joined the Daughters of Norway, but who joined the Daughters of Penelope?
2. Why didn't Lucille Otter attend college?
3. What was Octavia Bridgewater's military rank?
4. What was the name of Caroline Lockhart's first book?
5. In 1956, Anna Boe Dahl became president of what organization?

Good luck!

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