Western Montana Fair

Aug 5, 2013 6:36 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Preserving history part of Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA - The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission plans to once again offer up its oral histories project during the Western Montana Fair.

Volunteer historians will be on hand at the fair Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to record stories from western Montana residents who wish to share their stories. They will also be able to photograph and scan historic artifacts and memorabilia.

The Western Montana Oral Histories Project came to the fair in 2012, and the The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission and Missoula Historic Preservation Office have brought it back for a second year.

Organizers say they want to record the stories and personal histories of the residents of Western Montana to help better preserve a written and physical historical record of the region.

The project's format is similar to the Story Corps series on National Public Radio, and volunteers will record each participant's story to create both audio and video records.

The oral histories interviews will take place at the Fair History Building (behind the Culinary Building and next to the Commercial Building).

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