The Montana The Magazine of Western History Index offers the
perfect place to begin in-depth research into almost any Montana
history topic. Published by the Montana Historical Society since
1951, Montana The Magazine of Western History contains articles that
showcase the people, places, and events that shaped the state and
the western region. Many school libraries and most Montana public
libraries have extensive runs of the magazine, making it an ideal
source for students doing detailed research.
Montana Historical Society Research Center staff created bibliographies for Montana topics to support students working on National History Day projects. But these bibliographies aren't just for National History Day. With references to both primary and secondary sources on a wide range of topics, the bibliographies are good starting points for any Montana history research paper or project.
The Montana Pronunciation Guide was created by Associated Press member stations in Montana. Wondering how to pronounce the name of a Montana town? Find your answer in this pronunciation guide.
The Gallery of Outstanding Montanans was established by the
state legislature in 1979 "to pay homage to citizens of the Treasure
State who made contributions of state or national significance to
their selected fields of endeavor while epitomizing the unique
spirit and character that defines Montana." Inductees into Montana's
Hall of Fame are rotated into the gallery on a biennial basis; each
is honored for an eight-year period. At this site you'll find
information on many noteworthy Montanans - which makes it a useful
resource for biography projects.
The African-Americans in Montana Heritage Resources Project provides a gateway to exploring the Montana Historical Society's rich collections documenting this understudied aspect of our state's history.
The Montana Census and Economic Information Center offers links to current and historic census and economic data. Particularly interesting is the historical population data. The University of Virginia Library's historical census browser offers even more detailed historical population data. It offers access to data describing the people and the economy of the U.S. for each state and county from 1790 to 1960.
The Montana Historical Society's hand's-on footlockers are intended for use in elementary, middle, and high school classes. They contain reproduction artifacts, photographs, cassette tapes or videos, clothing, and tools related to the footlocker topic. Footlocker User Guides are posted online as Pdf documents. The guides contain historical narratives, a bibliography, information on how the footlocker aligns with Montana Content Standards for Social Studies, and lesson plans. Many of these lesson plans can be used without actually having to order the footlocker although some are linked to the footlocker materials. While teachers may find the lesson plans particularly helpful, students will most appreciate the topical historical narratives and the biographies of "Amazing Montanans" included in each guide.
Montana Mosaic: Twentieth-Century People and Events explores twentieth-century Montana through twelve brief films, posted as streaming video. The videos are also available on a DVD, which was donated to every public school library in the state of Montana.
The Mansfield Library Digital Collection includes links to early Montana "subscription" histories as well as other material digitized from the collection of the University of Montana's library. The subscription histories are good starting points for researching prominent Montanans, who paid to have their biographies included in these volumes. There are notable gaps since not every prominent Montanan chose to participate - and those who did only provided the most flattering information about themselves, so use with care.
Montanatribes.org, a collaborative project of the Office of
Public Instruction and the
University of Montana's Regional Learning Project, has created a
digital archive. The digital archive contains short video
clips of tribal cultural and historical experts speaking on a
variety of topics.
The Indian Education Division of the
Montana Office of
Public Instruction has IEFA lesson plans for all grade levels.
Select "Indian Ed" and then "curriculum" to view lesson plans.