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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Oral History Project

From the Ground Up, Montana Women and Agriculture is an oral history project sponsored by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and Montana’s conservation districts.   The role of women in agriculture is an essential thread in the fabric of Montana’s settlement and history.  The statewide oral history project honors farm and ranch women by preserving the stories of their life on the land.

Your community has a story to tell.

You can record the stories of the remarkable women who are your friends, neighbors, or relatives.  Their memorable and unique experiences  are a vital component of Montana’s agricultural heritage.

Once an oral history is completed, it will go into the oral history collection at the Montana Historical Society and be placed on the DNRC website.   This will allow people from all over the world to read the histories.

DNRC can help you capture and record the stories.  Interview questions and digital recorders are available, and transcription services can be provided for a fee.

For more information, contact Linda Brander, Project Director, (406) 444-0520 or

Montana Women From the Ground Up

book is published and now available!

Get your copy at these outlets:

    • Avon Café. Hwy 12               
Big Sandy
    • Big Sandy Conservation District 232 1st St. N          
Big Timber
    • Sweetgrass Conservation Conservation District
    • Crazy Mountain Museum, 2 S. Frontage Rd
    • Gallatin Historical Society, 317 W. Main St.              
    • Liberty County Conservation District
    • Vintage Floral, 46 Main St.     
    • Liberty Village Art Center & Gallery, 410 Main St.      
    • Stillwater Conservation District 334 N 9th St             
    • Pondera Conservation District 405 N. Main St          
Cut Bank
    • #1 Third St NE
    • Glacier County Conservation District
Deer Lodge
    • Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District    
    • Clark Fork Valley Vet 3707 N. Frontage RD
    • Browsing Bison Books,  515 Main St         
    • Wagon Wheel Café & Motel, 316 Front St    
    • Friends of the Drummond Library            
    • Madison Conservation District 222 Main St                
Great Falls    
    • Cascade County Conservation District 12 3rd St #300                
    • Hogans Rancher Ag Supply 100 Main St                
    • Big Horn Conservation District 724 W 3rd St                
    • Hill County Conservation District                
    • Active Relief Chiropractic 921 Euclid Ave    
    • All About Grooming 2828 Billings Ave    
    • Futura Lane, Inc 720 N. Cook        
    • Treasure County Conservation District                
    • Carbon County Conservation District    
    • Joliet Senior Center            
    • Garfield County Conservation District               
    • Gallatin Conservation District               
    • Community Food Ag Coalition 328 E Main                
    • Blackfoot Valley Inn & Mercantile                
    • Granite Conservation District  
    • Friends of the Drummond Library    
    • Huffman Grocery 1130 W Broadway    
    • Pintler Veterinary Service 1118 W Broadway    
    • The Station 3830 Hwy 1
    • Eastern Sanders Conservation District                
    • Lake County Conservation District               
    • Richland County Conservation District 
    • Mondak Heritage Center, 120 3rd Ave. SE          
    • Judith Basin Conservation District  
    • Prairie Collection, Central Ave.             
    • Highway 12 Café    
    • Broadwater County Museum, 133 N. Walmet St.            
White Sulphur Springs    
    • Meagher Conservation District
    • Red Ants Pants, 206 E. Main St.            
    • Jefferson Valley Conservation                
    • Wibaux Conservation District