Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Search of Zebras

I mentioned before that my husband loves road trips.  So Saturday we went searching for Zebras on the Montana plains.  I can see you raising your eyebrows, as you think to yourself, "Zebras are not native to Montana."  You of course would be correct. However that does not mean they are not there.

A few months ago Dan was looking at the local pictures on his Weatherbug app.  He showed me a picture of a pair of zebras.  Now that isn't unique.  What made it unique was that the picture was taken near Plevna, Montana.  Plevna is about 200 miles from Billings.

When we talked to Dan's kids they knew about the zebras but hadn't seen them.   So Saturday we took a road trip.  It was cold and blustery with occasional dancing snowflakes.

We looked for the zebras where we thought they would be.  No zebras.  We drove into Plevna and talked to a lady headed for the community hall.  We asked her about the zebras.  She told us where they could usually be found.  We told her that was where we had looked.  She leaned forward and gently explained that they didn't care much for the cold weather.  She figured they were probably spending the day in their barn.  Thanking her we drove away.

Again we looked for the zebras.  Not finding them we went to explore the Terry Badlands.  I took some pictures, unfortunately my camera is not talking to my computer.  I do have a picture to share.  It was taken by Evelyn Cameron about 1905.

I think I will wait till it warms up before going to search for zebras again.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Glimpse

Recently I came across an image of an old fashioned key hole.  In the open space you could see part of a room.  I loved that idea, that image.  It made many connections in my mind.

I am an elementary librarian in Billings, Montana.  My husband and I are pet parents to 3 fur-babies of the canine persuasion.  Max (Boxer cross) 13 years old, Baby a 5 year old black lab, Tank is about 2-1/2 (black lab Dane cross).  They are a little spoiled around the edges.

I like to write and take pictures.  My husband has never met a road that didn't call his name.  So we have traveled many of Montana's back roads.

Recently I have been doing a number of presentations about using primary sources in the classroom. The picture below is from the Library of Congress and was taken in Billings in 1936.  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998019541/PP/

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's the Connection?





Take a moment and peruse the images?  What connections do you make? What do you see?
Want to confirm what you think?   Each link under the image will take you to source information about the image.  The colored image is a picture of a street in New York 1900. The name of the street is also the name of a street in Springfield, Massachusetts - his hometown.  I  wonder which one was his inspiration?

Teaching with Primary Sources always makes me think of Paul Harvey's line, "And now you know the rest of the story."

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Want to Come to Montana?

Disclaimer:  I am biased I love Montana.  It is rich in history and raw beauty.  I always want to share its wonder.

I also want to share information about an opportunity to come visit and learn about part of this great state.   This summer the Montana Historical Society is organizing 2 sessions for teachers.  Did I mention there is a stipend.

Check it out-

Please help us spread the word!

K-12 teachers are invited to apply to become NEH Summer Scholars and attend the six-day workshop, “The Richest Hills: Mining and the Far West.”

Join “Richest Hills” to travel to five distinctive mining communities, each of which express a rich historic fabric: Bannack, Virginia City, Helena, Butte, and Anaconda. Through lectures, tours, and hands-on learning activities, Summer Scholars will explore the development of placer gold mining, hard rock silver mining, and industrial copper mining; the racial and ethnic diversity of the mining West; mining’s impact on American Indians; mining’s environmental effects; and the relationship between capital and labor in mining communities. 

As you explore the dynamic geographies and histories of mining in Montana, you will interact with workshop presenters who have been chosen for their expertise in Montana’s social, political, architectural, industrial, and ethnic history as well as with other exceptional educators from across the United States.

Session 1: July 12, 2015 – July 18, 2015
Session 2July 26, 2015 – August 1, 2015

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015.

NEH Summer Scholars will be granted a $1,200 stipend, from which they will need to pay for their meals, lodging, and travel to and from Helena, Montana. Graduate credits are available through Montana State University-Northern.

More details on workshop and application process are available at http://www.archiva.net/richesthills/.

For questions, contact Deb Mitchell at dmitchell@mt.gov or 406-444-4789.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Montana Historical Society.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Montana Celebrating 100 years of the Women's Vote

Nov 3, 1914 women in Montana went to the polls for the first time.   I have spent the last year and a half learning about the women's suffrage movement.  My guiding question, "Why is this event that effected over 50% of the American population given such short shrift in our history books?"

I want to share a political cartoon I found in the Washington Times, Dec 18, 1918.  Notice the caption that accompanied the cartoon.

Caption (reprinted for easier reading) 
What does this illustration mean to you?  What does it mean to fathers and mothers responsible for the wise teaching and enlightenment of their children in youth?  What does it mean to women, whose problems have not been discussed, who have been asked to keep silent while men have decided all important questions for them?  (See editorial on this page.)  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026749/1918-12-19/ed-1/seq-22.pdf         

Have you voted yet?