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Swan Ecosystem Center sponsoring
Oral History workshop in Condon

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Roger Marshall (above left) from Plum Creek Co. talked about modern forest practices last September.
The group (above right) talks about forest dynamics with Bud Moore of Condon during a workshop last fall.

Elden Rammell II, Seeley Lake, demonstrated past logging techniques during September workshops last fall.

Oral history workshop
in Condon focuses on
people and the landscape


By Anne Dahl
Swan Ecosystem Center
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
January 7, 1999

Teachers and home school parents will learn how to engage students and longtime Montana residents in oral history projects February 12-13 at a workshop in Condon.

Swan Ecosystem Center is sponsoring the workshop called "Stories From the Land." It is the second in a two-part series partially funded by Plum Creek Foundation.

The first workshop in September 1998 taught educators how to read the physical landscapes of the forest. In part two, teachers will learn skills for conducting oral histories-with a focus on how landscapes shape human history and how humans shape landscapes.

When stories are preserved they can guide communities into the future.

Workshop coordinator Melanie Judge said: "Often oral histories offer the only information about what the landscape was like and how it was used in the past. The stories are essential to fully understanding how a landscape functions."

Furthermore, by collecting oral histories, "children, parents and grandparents develop a sense of pride for work that was done well in the past," Judge said.

The course will include sessions on school-based oral history projects, interview techniques, student interviews, photographic reproduction, audio taping, video taping, transcription and printing. OPI credits are available.

The nonprofit Swan Ecosystem Center engages citizens with diverse perspectives in ecosystem management activities and education. Workshop coordinator Melanie Judge is co-founder of Northwest Connections, a nonprofit field studies school in Condon.

The workshop will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Condon Work Center, mile-marker 43, Highway 83. People can register by calling 406/754-3137.

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