UMontana Public History Program

Making History Public


Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 20th Anniversary Project

December 10, 2023

In the Fall of 2023, Leif Fredrickson’s History of Hunting class completed a public history project about the history of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA). The BHA is a national, rapidly-growing organization based in Missoula. Its focus is on…

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Documentary: Blue Death: The 1918 Influenza in Montana

November 17, 2023

In the wake of a global pandemic, it is hard to imagine a similar time or place. But what if you could watch a pandemic unfold in 1918 Montana, through the lives of a Finnish immigrant, a Blackfeet couple, a…

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Preserving Montana’s Environmental History

May 15, 2023

In spring 2023, students in Visiting Professor Eric Zimmer’s U.S. Environmental History class collaborated with the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) and the Mansfield Library Archives & Special Collections to plan and execute a class project surveying the Gabriel Collection…

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Students present at NCPH

April 30, 2024

In April, three of our graduate students attended the National Council on Public History (NCPH) annual conference in Salt Lake City. In addition to attending talks on topics ranging from archives and collective memory to interstate visitor centers and re-interpreting state historical sites, our students presented an exhibit they completed with their classmates in Dr. Zimmer’s Exhibit Design and Development class last semester.

Graduates students Dylan Yonce, Hazel Videon, and Cassidy Vandervoort showing off their pop-up exhibit at the NCPH conference. In addition to showing off the exhibit they created, the students engaged NCPH attendees with questions about how to handle sensitive stories and diverse interest groups when developing exhibits.

Student documentary premieres

April 26, 2024

For two years, graduate student Dylan Yonce has been collaborating with others on a documentary, The Bodies Beneath Us, about two forgotten cemeteries in Missoula’s Rattlesnake neighborhood. The documentary will premier at the Roxy Theater May 6 & 13th at 7:30 PM. Get tickets here and read more about this awesome documentary here.

$200k anonymous gift

April 26, 2024

An anonymous alum has donated $200,000 to our H. Duane Hampton Public History Program! To read more about this very generous donation and what it means for the public history program, check out this UM news story.