PROJECT TO PRESERVE MONTANA CEMETERIES GETS 25K GRANT
Project to preserve Montana cemeteries gets $25K grant
Posted: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
By: Melissa Jensen – MTN News
HELENA – The Montana History Foundation recently announced it is receiving a grant from the National Park Service – one of just 12 grants given nationwide and the only one in Montana.
The $25,000 grant will be used for a three-day workshop next spring on preserving Montana cemeteries through education and technology.
Montana History Foundation CEO Charlene Porsild says they expect to bring up to 50 people from across Montana to Helena for the workshop.
It will include experts on various types of technology that can aid in grave identification and location, along with traditional methods like archival research.
Porsild says there are hundreds of historic cemeteries across Montana that can benefit from the workshop.
“Our community histories are caught up in those burials, whether they stayed in the same place or moved, whether the marker is still there or not,” says Porsild. “So that’s part of what we want to help people recover is the history of who’s in those cemeteries, whose family’s connections are in those cemeteries and how to draw those out and to preserve them for future generations.”
Porsild says the workshop will be recorded and eventually placed on their website to help continue education efforts for those who are unable to attend in person.