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29th Centennial Bell Awarded to Tony Coppola

November 8, 2018

Tony Coppola, 9th grade teacher at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky, MT is the winner of the 29th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award honoring the Montana History teacher of the Year. A native of Wooster, Ohio, Coppola attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he double majored in History and Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Read More »

Antiques Appraisal Fair brings heirlooms and artifacts from around the state

September 28, 2018

By Bethany Monroe DeBorde, The River Press From Charlie Russell artwork to Ming dynasty porcelain and Native American artifacts, Saturday’s Antiques Appraisal Fair in Fort Benton drew a wide variety of unique items brought from all over Montana. Organizers initially sold out of appraisal tickets, but the appraisers agreed to stay late, evaluating about 260 items for the public over the course of the day, said Read More »

Unknown but not forgotten: Restoring historic cemeteries

July 16, 2018

“Cemeteries aren’t often on the top of the list when considering Montana’s cultural heritage. However, the state is home to hundreds of historic burial sites that provide a glimpse into the past and the people who made our future possible.”  Click here to read the rest of the article from the Great Falls Tribune.    Read More »

Canine Forensics Team Investigates Chinese Gold Rush-Era Burial Ground Outside Helena

July 11, 2018

Beyond the fences of the Forestvale Cemetery, hidden in tufts of cheatgrass, sage and prickly pear, the stories of Montana’s foreign pioneers decay in heavy thumbprint depressions in the ground. As many as 200 Chinese immigrants were buried beyond the gothic arches, but the blank patch of prairie outside Forestvale wasn’t their final resting place—at least it wasn’t meant Read More »

abc FOX Announces Cemetery Preservation Workshop

May 30, 2018

The Montana History Foundation invites you to a 3-day Cemetery Preservation Technology Workshop in Helena, June 21st – 23rd. Come meet Kayle, a specially-trained forensic canine who helps locate unmarked gravesites.  Learn more about the capabilities of ground penetrating radar, forensic archaeology, drone photography and more. The workshop is open to the public and the Read More »