Missoula Public Library History

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 a week-long institute exploring the History of the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. Led by Profs. Eric Zimmer and Claire Arcenas and Graduate TA Michael Larmann, students explored the history of the UM Campus through lectures, guided tours, and scavenger hunts; and experienced first-hand the excitement of research in the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections. They also completed a public-facing project on the history of the Missoula Public Library.