Gallery of Projects

Under the guidance of History faculty, students in our public history courses have embarked on a wide range of projects, including physical exhibits, digital exhibits, and oral history projects. On this page, we document some of those efforts as well as the attention they have received in the media.

Documenting COVID-19 (Oral History Project)

COVID-19 Oral History Internship Program

In Summer 2020, UM History faculty spearheaded a special internship program that trained students to use oral history to capture the lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The early fruits of this ongoing project are housed at the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections. Stay tuned for more!

Gals Against Smog and Pollution (Digital Exhibit)


In Spring 2020, the students in Professor Leif Fredrickson's HSTA375: Doing Local History: Missoula course helped create a digital exhibit that examined Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), a women-led local environmental group that battled for clean air in western Montana in the late 1960s. To complete this project, students did background research and used oral histories and images from the Mansfield Library and also did their own oral histories (that are housed in the Mansfield Archives). This project was support through a grant with Women's Voice for the Earth.

Missoula's Music History (Exhibit)

Missoula Music

In Fall 2019, students in Professor Leif Fredrickson's Exploring Public History course curated an exhibit on Missoula's rock 'n' roll history. A Music Mosaic: How Missoula Built its Rockin' Community was the product of several months of archival research, oral histories, and exhibit planning. The exhibit opened on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Missoula's Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)

Outdoor Gear Stories in the Treasure State (Exhibit)

Students in postdoctoral fellow Rachel Gross's Exploring Public History course constructed an exhibit on the history of outdoor gear. Outdoor Gear Stories in the Treasure State was on display to the public at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula from January to April 2019. 

Wet Missoula (Oral History Project)

Craft Alcohol

In Spring 2018, students in Professor Kyle G. Volk's HSTA377: Intoxication Nation: Alcohol in American History conducted a series of oral interviews documenting Missoula's craft alcohol industry in the twenty-first century. This first stage of the Wet Missoula project focused on business owners. 

Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement

The Awakening
Between 2018 and 2020, in conjunction with the centennial of the 19th Amendment, students in Professor Anya Jabour's course, HSTA 371H: Women in America: From the Civil War to the Present, researched and wrote biographical sketches of Montana suffragists. Approximately 30 sketches by UM students were published in an online biographical dictionary, making information about local activists available for the first time.