No theme this time--just cool stuff, ideas, and opportunities.
Present at MFPE
Do you have a strategy, lesson, or resource that you think is worth sharing with other teachers? I bet you do! MFPE is accepting applications to present at the 2023 MFPE Educator Conference in Billings, October 19-20. The Social Studies strand of this conference is only as strong as we make it--and I'd like your help making it spectacular. Apply to present!
Read All About It!
The first batch of newspapers from MTHS's latest cycle of the National Digital Newspaper Program are now online on the Chronicling America site! This batch includes three papers out of Browning, with issues from 1939 to 1963:
Need a reminder of how cool and pedagogically useful digitized newspapers are? Check out these past posts.
Billings Public Library Community Archive Project
This spring, Billings Public Library is launching a program to collect photos of Billings from the 1960s to the 1990s. The Library has already partnered with the Montana History Portal (formerly known as Montana Memory Project) to digitize hundreds of historic photos and documents; this new program will look to fill in the gap of the later 20th century. Images will be displayed at the Library, with selected images uploaded to the Portal. Check out the details of this exciting new program, then think--could you and your students cooperate with a public library in your own community to do something similar?
Apply to Become a Teacher Leader
Middle school teachers! If you love Montana history and want to share your passion with colleagues, consider applying to become a Teacher Leader in Montana History. Find out more here. Applications are due April 23.
Last Chance to Participate in History Unfolded
History Unfolded is a project organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It recruits citizen historians (including students!) to search digitized newspapers to uncover what ordinary people around the country could have known about the Holocaust from reading their local newspapers in the years 1933–1945. The project has been going on for several years, and will end this spring. Participants can gain free access to newspapers.com on March 27-April 2, April 17-23, and May 15-21. (This makes the task much easier!) There are classroom resources for teachers if you want to register your class. Learn more.