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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Montana received $4.8 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities Montana for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • The C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, received $375,000 in 2007 for The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture. This exhibition uses recent scholarship on the West in interpreting artifacts from the Russell’s collection and provides context for visitors traveling to other institutions.
  • In 2008 and 2009, Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, received grants totaling $130,000 for workshops for college and public schoolteachers on the history of the Nakona (Assiniboine) and Dakota (Sioux) peoples.
  • The Paris Gibson Square Museum in Great Falls received a $5,000 grant for continued assessment of its permanent collection. In addition to modern, contemporary, and self-taught art from the region, the museum, which is housed in a historic downtown building, features an outdoor sculpture garden.
  • One hundred sixty schoolteachers have attended weeklong workshops produced by the Montana Historical Society with two grants totaling $372,000, to study the history and sociology of gold, silver, and copper mining in the American West, visiting mines in Virginia City, Helena, and Butte.
  • The Montana Preservation Alliance received a $49,000 grant for The Touchstone Project: Saving and Sharing Montana’s Community Heritage. By collecting and digitizing historic materials and oral interviews, the project makes aspects of Montana’s community heritage available both in historical repositories and online.
  • The University of Montana received a $25,000 grant to develop a linguistic database of Blackfoot, enabling researchers to study the phonology of this endangered language using examples of genuine recorded speech. Mizuki Miyashita received a $50,400 research fellowship to transcribe and analyze the database.
  • The Yellowstone County Museum, Billings, received a $5,000 grant in 2006 for assessment, consultation, and training to improve care of artifacts, photographs, and archives. The 20,000-item collection includes a century-old chuckwagon and a diorama depicting the legend of Sacrifice Cliff.
  • In 2009 Montana State University in Bozeman was awarded $5,000 from Humanities Montana for two-day symposiums called Living People’s Histories: Tribal Histories in Montana.
  • Montana Public Radio received a grant of $8,000 from Humanities Montana for The Write Question, a weekly program that explores writing and publishing in the Western United States.
  • KUSM–TV/Montana PBS in Bozeman received a grant of $10,000 in 2010 for Indian Relay, a film about three Native American horse-racing families.