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Montana Historical Society granted $50K for a documentary

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 08:49:46-04

HELENA — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has granted the Montana Historical Society $50,000 to produce a short documentary on historic African American experiences in Montana.

The documentary will include oral histories, historical places, and new research. It is part of the historical society’s African American Heritage resources project.

The 16-year-long project will now be featured in a 12-to-15 minute documentary which is expected to be complete in August of 2021.

Montana Historical Society Community Preservation Coordinator Kate Hampton says they already have contracts in place to get this important project of understanding Montana’s past.

“In order for us to understand how we've arrived here in 2020 and how we relate to each other, we have to understand everybody's experiences on moving forward through the past," she explained.

The Montana Historical Society is working on another grant application to hopefully make the documentary almost a half-hour long.