The Montana Historical Society is pleased to announce that new content is available to search and browse on the web site MONTANA NEWSPAPERS.
Several newspapers from Thompson Falls, including the SANDERS COUNTY LEDGER, DEMOCRAT, and SIGNAL (1905-24), are online.
The FLATHEAD COURIER (Polson) boasts a 70-year run, from 1910 to 1980.
From the town of Moore, Montana, you’ll find THE INLAND EMPIRE (1905-15) and THE MOORE INDEPENDENT (1921-31).
We’ve also added three special editions:
- The GREAT FALLS LEADER ANNUAL of 1890 was designed to be distributed outside of Montana in an effort to attract settlers and investment to the region.
- The 1899 souvenir edition of THE BUTTE MINER honored Montana troops who served in the Spanish–American War.
- The 84-page GREAT FALLS EVENING LEADER RECLAMATION EDITION (1907) promoted irrigation projects, towns, and industry across north central Montana.
Montana Newspapers is one of two online repositories of digitized Montana newspapers. The other is Chronicling America, which includes both newspapers from Montana and ones from around the country. Find a list of the Montana papers available through Montana Newspapers here, and a separate list of the Montana papers available through Chronicling American here. (Note that there is no overlap between the two sites.) Or check out this map, that shows the papers' geographic distribution.
Want ideas for using the digitized newspapers in your classroom? Check out these earlier posts:
- Montana Newspapers and Chronicling America
- Using Historic Newspapers to Increase Student Understanding of World War I
- Resources to Help You Use Chronicling America