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Rural school officials can apply for funds to purchase Montana: A History of Our Home classroom sets, the new textbook for fourth graders published by the Montana Historical Society.

The 96-page manual offers a quick tour through 13,000 years of Montana history. Students will learn about Montana’s 12 tribal nations and seven reservations; immigrants who settled in Montana in the 19th and 20th centuries; and the trapping, mining, logging, farming, and ranching industries that drew them to the Treasury State. The book also introduces students to the incredible people of Montana, from Chief Dull Knife of the northern Cheyenne to photographer Evelyn Cameron.

The sturdy, library-bound textbook comes with a detailed, activity-filled 320-page teacher’s guide. You can download and preview the student book and teacher’s guide here.

“The material is aligned with Montana’s new social studies standards, which require students to “explain how Montana has changed over time given its cultural diversity and how that history impacts the present,” said Martha Kohl, MTHS Outreach and Information program manager, “It also helps students investigate the physical, political, and cultural characteristics of Montana’s places, regions, and people.”

Interdisciplinary lessons also align with ELA, math, and art standards as well as the Seven Essential Understandings of Montana Indians.

Through a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation, a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities, schools located more than 40 miles from an urban center (defined as Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula) are eligible to apply for funds to reimburse the cost of purchasing textbooks. The school will need to pay for shipping to their school from Helena.

Selected schools will be required to submit receipts showing their purchase to the Montana Historical Society for reimbursement.

To apply, school officials must complete this application [docs.google.com] before midnight, August 31. MTHS will review applications and announce decisions by September 12. If there are more requests than can be accommodated, MTHS will give preference to smaller schools (measured by the number of fourth graders attending the school) to ensure that the schools with the most rural areas are served first. A secondary criterion will be the number of hours the teacher will devote to Montana history.

For more information, contact Kohl at 406-444-4740 or [email protected]

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