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Helena, Montana
Digging into the History of Mining With K–12 Teachers
K–12 teachers tour a mining site as part of an NEH summer workshop. Educators, who taught subjects as varied as American history and marine biology, came from across the country, hailing from rural schools and urban centers alike. Image courtesy of the Montana Historical Society.

With NEH funding, the Montana Historical Society hosted The Richest Hills: Mining in the Far West, 1862–1920 in 2011, 2013, and 2015. As part of this professional development workshop, between 76 and 80 K–12 teachers from across the United States gathered each summer to learn about the history of mining in the American West, including its impact on the second Industrial Revolution, the human capital that mining brought to the region, and the industry’s long-term ecological impact.

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