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June 05, 2014
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For Immediate Release Contact: Amy Sullivan
June 3, 2014 406-449-3770
Montana History Foundation Announces Recipients of Preserve Montana Fund Grant Program
$75,000 in Funds Granted to Montana History Projects
The Montana History Foundation (MHF), a statewide nonprofit committed to the preservation of Montana’s past, announced the awarding of grants to 17 projects across the state as part of its Preserve Montana Fund, a fund established to protect the historic legacy of communities across the state.
The projects funded range from capturing oral histories in Sidney before they are lost to the dramatic changes of the Bakken oil boom to repairing a wind-damaged historic structure at Fort Assinniboine in Havre to replacing windows in a one-room school house in Huson. The projects funded fell into four categories: one-room schoolhouses, collections/artifacts, buildings/structures and oral histories.
“MHF is pleased to be able to offer funding to protect the future of Montana’s past. We recognize the urgency and importance of preserving Montana’s way of life and are glad we can help,” MHF Chairman Bruce Parker said.
MHF received 46 applications requesting $199,592 in grant funds for total project costs worth $727,457. Representatives from MHF, the Montana State Library, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Montana Preservation Alliance ranked the applications and made recommendations to the MHF Board of Directors for funding.
MHF is able to offer this funding thanks to the support of numerous donors including The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Inc. and Charlotte Caldwell through her truly extraordinary book: Visions and Voices: Montana’s One Room School Houses. MHF is very grateful for their support!

This year’s grant recipients are as follows: Applicant
        Project Location
        Project Description
        Amount Granted
Bert Mooney Airport
        Restore the Charles Lindbergh hangar to its original condition.
Deer Lodge Development Group, Inc.
        Deer Lodge
        Emergency roof repairs to Hotel Deer Lodge.
Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association, Inc.
        Replace porch that was blown off of the South Double Guard Stable.
Highlands College/Montana Tech
        Create, distribute & archive filmed oral history interviews w/Montana history makers from 1965 – 1980 with 30+ filmed oral histories.
History Dept, Carroll College
        Purchase two digital recorders, recording software, USB digital interface, two tripods, and two carrying cases for recorders for oral history recording.
Holt, Sierra Stoneberg
        Reroof Tallow Creek School.
Monarch Neihart Historical Group
        Replace roof on the 1902 Great Northern Train Depot. Provide structural support to the north wall. Reverse inappropriate alterations to the building.
Montana Historical Society
        Add 1,300 images, 650 each from Huffman and Cameron, to the MT Memory Project.
Montana Preservation Alliance
        Create Big Sky Rural Preservation Program to build database, set priorities, establish criteria, and organize rural survey and restoration assistance processes. Program will begin with one-room schoolhouses.

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The Collotypes of L. A. Huffman: Montana Frontier Photographer.

Saturday, April 12, Free admission: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Special program: 1:30 pm.  Sponsored by the Helena Community Credit Union and KTVH, “Second Saturday” features drawings for door prizes and free admission all day long to Montana’s Museum, and the Original Governor’s Mansion at 304 No. Ewing. Tours begin on the hour at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. Gene and Bev Allen will present a special program on famed photographer L. A. Huffman and their recently released book, The Collotypes of L. A. Huffman: Montana Frontier Photographer



The Collotypes of L. A. Huffman: Montana Frontier Photographer.


               Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645  Release: Receipt
               The Montana Historical Society is campaigning to make 2014 the Year of Women in History as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana.
               On Nov. 3, 1914, Montana voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing women to vote in all local, state and national elections. Passage of the amendment in Montana came six years before women gained the right to vote nationwide.
               MHS Historical Specialist Martha Kohl said the centennial of women’s suffrage in Montana is worth celebrating, and she hopes the anniversary sparks a wider recognition of women’s roles in history.
               “We have launched a Women’s History Matters project that will be active all year long to celebrate the centennial by looking inclusively at women’s history in Montana,” Kohl said.
               The contributions of women to Montana history have long been overlooked, she said.
                “I’ve given talks to people who study and who care about Montana history,” Kohl said. “I ask them to name five women from Montana history in the 19th century and five Montana women from the 20th century, and most can’t.”
               At the heart of the Women’s History Matters project is a dedicated website, Over the course of 2014 the front page will highlight Montana women’s topics, organizations, and individuals, including homesteaders, mothers, doctors, politicians, warriors, and community builders. The articles will present people like banker Elouise Cobell, community activist Lula Martinez, rodeo star Fanny Sperry Steele, and nurse Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail.
When the statewide advisory committee met to choose the article topics, members wanted them to reflect the diversity of Montanans’ experiences. Thus, the features cover over 200 years of history to tell the stories of famous and little-known women from Butte to Browning and Missoula to Miles City.
Two new stories will be added each week and readers are encouraged to subscribe to the site’s free RSS feed to make sure they see the articles as they are added.
      also has resources for people and organizations interested in organizing events in their own communities to recognize the centennial and learn more about the history of women in Montana.
               “We are encouraging every community to do something in 2014 focusing on women’s history,” Kohl said. “We have a whole list of things people can do to celebrate the year.”
The goal of the project is to tell a more inclusive story about Montana’s past, Kohl said.
               “Women have not been at the center of power, so when we tell history from the perspective of people in power, we often leave women out,” she said. “It’s time to change that.”
               According to Kohl, the statewide Indian Education for All initiative provided inspiration for the Women’s History Matters project. Indian Education for All has promoted the telling of an inclusive Montana history that encompasses both Indian and non-Indian stories and perspectives. Women’s History Matters is intended to start that process for women’s history, Kohl said.
 Ironically, Indian women were not included in the 1914 suffrage victory. Native American men and women did not get to vote until 1924. Nevertheless, Indian women are well represented in the stories being told on the MontanaWomensHistory.orgwebsite.
               In fact, the website has something for almost everyone: links to over 130 women’s history articles published in MHS’s Montana The Magazine of Western History, information about historic places associated with Montana women, early Montana newspaper editorials advocating or opposing suffrage, intriguing photographs, links to online exhibits, curriculum material for teachers, a list of speakers available to give talks, and a wealth of bibliographies and research sources.
               There are even more stories about women in the MHS archives and library, and the MHS Research Center stands ready to assist individuals or organizations in learning how to find them and bring these important Montana stories to the public.
               Funding for the website and other aspects of the Women’s History Matters project was provided in part by Montana’s Cultural Trust.

Women’s History Matters

From: Kohl, Martha
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:42 AM
Subject: 2014 Suffrage Centennial and Montana Women’s History Matters
 As January 1, approaches—and with it the start of the Montana women’s suffrage centennial—I wanted to take a moment to update you on the Women’s History Matters project, thank you for your help thus far, and ask you for your continued support.
First, a heartfelt thank you. So many people have worked on this project, expressed enthusiasm for the idea, shared their knowledge, and provided advice, material support, and inspiration. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are without you.
And where are we? 
·       The website is up and running: 
·       We have a Facebook page: 
·       And a Twitter hashtag: #herstorymt
·       We have a logo (above), which we are sharing with any organization that plans on participating in centennial activities—by hosting a speaker, digitizing material, creating an exhibit, sponsoring a book club, honoring women in the community or . . .  the possibilities are endless. More suggestions are here:    
·       We also received what I hope is the first in a long line of excellent feature articles about the project: 
What’s next? 
·       We will continue adding to the website especially as partners complete their web-based projects. We’re expecting bibliographies and links to online exhibits from University of Montana, interactive maps from the Census and Economic Information Center, a page to make it easy to find relevant digitized state documents from the Montana State Library (think all of those 1970s Status of Women reports), new lesson plans, and more. As these and other projects are completed, we’ll add links to our page. 
·       We will also be posting two feature articles a week (with the occasional bonus feature) on topics ranging from community activists to rodeo champions. Annie Hanshew, Laura Ferguson, and Ellen Baumler are the blog’s starring authors—but several other authors are making cameo appearances. At least a fifth of the entries  will focus on Montana Indian women’s history (even though Montana Indian women didn’t get the vote until 1924). And features will reflect Montana’s geographic and ethnic diversity—while touching on Montana history from 1805 to 2013.
How can you help? 
·       Please help us spread the word. Subscribe to the website and ask your friends and colleagues to subscribe. (It’s easy—just go to the main page and type in your email address where it says “subscribe.” Then confirm you are a real person by typing one of those annoying stylized words—and confirm your subscription through the Feedburner email you’ll receive in your inbox.) 
·       Are you on Facebook? Follow our Facebook page ( and invite your friends to do the same. 
·       Tweet, if that’s your thing, using the hashtag #herstorymt.
·       Plan events in your community and let us know about them. We’re working on creating a statewide calendar and we’d like to include any and all events. Plus we’ll promote them on our Facebook page.
·       Use your events or projects to help promote Include the tagline “Find more at” whenever you use the logo. 
·        Add the following tagline (or something like it) to your emails: Visit  to learn more about Montana women’s rich and complex history and to celebrate Montana’s woman suffrage centennial.
·       Finally, keep in touch. Let us know what you like, what you don’t, mistakes you find, and what’s happening in your community.
2014 is going to be quite a ride. I’m glad I have such good companions for the journey.
P.S. Looking for more information? See the attached press release or give me a holler.
Martha Kohl
Historical Specialist
Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59620
Visit to learn more about Montana women’s rich and complex history and to celebrate Montana’s woman suffrage centennial.
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Women’s History Matters

County Histories Digitization Project

Please see Tina’s new blog entry on the County Histories Digitization Project:  And take an opportunity to browse some great Montana county history:
Thanks to Molly K. and Tina for their great work on this Humanities Montana-funded project!
Jeff Malcomson
MHS Archives
County Histories Digitization Project