Leif Fredrickson

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…

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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….

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$200k anonymous gift

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….

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Fredrickson on C-SPAN

February 20, 2024

C-SPAN came to UM to record Leif Fredrickson’s lecture on the “Missoula Free Speech Fight of 1909” as part of C-SPAN’s “Lectures in History” series….

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Blue Death broadcast

January 29, 2024

Several UM public history interns worked on Dee Garceau’s documentary Blue Death: The 1918 Influenza in Montana. The film will be broadcast on Montana PBS, Thursday, March 28 at 7pm, as well as March 31 at 10 am and April…

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Haney to be Humanities Montana presenter

January 17, 2024

Former UM public history student Austin Haney has been selected as a presenter for Humanities Montana. Congratulations, Austin!…

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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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MacEwan researches, writes conservation bios

November 29, 2023

PhD candidate and public history student Kym MacEwan has completed a project researching and writing the biographies of leading conservationists in Montana. You can read some of the bios MacEwan worked on at the Missoula Conservation Roundtable website….

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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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Etier’s “Carnal Enterprises” tour launched

July 14, 2023

Former public history student Sophia Etier has been working with Unseen Missoula to launch a new tour about the “restricted district” in Missoula: the areas where certain people (e.g., the Chinese) and certain types of activities (e.g., sex work) were…

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National award for COVID-19 Documentation Project

June 7, 2023

The Missoula County COVID-19 Documentation Project received the Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The project was the work of many local organizations and indviduals. Funding for the project came through Missoula County and the UM Mansfield Library…

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Davies in the Missoulian

March 29, 2023

Wade Davies discusses the history of Native America basketball in a video with the Missoulian….

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Missoula County COVID-19 Documentation Project

March 11, 2023

The Missoula County COVID-19 Documentation Project was designed to document the Missoula community’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project emerged from an ad hoc group of local organizations in the spring of 2020, including the UM History Department, the…

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Fritz gives “Lincoln Day” address

February 13, 2023

Professor emeritus Harry Fritz gave a talk on Abraham Lincoln at The Gild for Lincoln’s birthday….

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Fredrickson interviewed on NPR

September 22, 2022

National Public Radio’s radio magazine program, Here & Now, interviewed Leif Fredrickson on the history of the EPA during the Ronald Reagan adminsitration for a series called “Permanent Capture.“…

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Missoula Public Library History

July 1, 2022

In 2022, the University of Montana History Department hosted the inaugural UM Summer Humanities Institute for High School Students. Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we welcomed 8 Montana high schoolers to campus for…

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Interactive Timeline on Climate Change Policy

June 6, 2022

In the summer of 2022, Leif Fredrickson’s Environmental History class helped build an interactive timeline about the history of climate change policy at the Environmental Protection Agency. The timeline was part of a digital public history project called A People’s…

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Zimmer publishes op-ed in Washington Post

April 6, 2022

UM History Visiting Professor Eric Zimmer published an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Can the Indigenous #Landback Movement Secure Self-Determination?” Zimmer connects his research on the history of the Meskwaki Nation to the modern #Landback movement, which has seen…

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Fredrickson publishes op-ed in Washington Post

February 28, 2022

Leif Fredrickson published an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Supreme Court could thwart EPA’s ability to address climate change,” based on Fredrickson’s research into the history of the EPA….

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Article by Anya Jabour: “It’s Up to the Women”

January 27, 2021

Former director of the Public History Program at UM, Professor Anya Jabour, wrote an article, “It’s Up to the Women,” for the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site. The article dives into Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and her introduction to women’s rights, activism,…

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