Stories of the Land

by Krys Holmes, with major contributions by Dave Walter and Susan C. Dailey

published by Montana Historical Society Press

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • More than 12,000 years of Montana history come to life in Montana: Stories of the Land. This new book, created for use in teaching Montana history, offers a panorama of the past, beginning with Montana's first people and ending with life in the twenty-first century.

    Incorporating Indian perspectives, Montana: Stories of the Land is the first truly multicultural history of the state. It features hundreds of historical photographs, unique artifacts, maps, and paintings largely drawn from the Society's extensive collections. Sidebar quotations bring the stories of ordinary people to life while providing diverse perspectives on important historical events.

    AWARDS: Honor Book, 2009 Montana Book Awards.

500 pages, 8 1/2'' x 11'', 25 map(s), index, glossary, 8 hardcovers per case, Smythe-sewn

ISBN 10: 0-9759196-3-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-9759196-3-7

August 2008

  • Accurate, engaging, inclusive, and up to date
  • Written for 7th and 8th grade
  • Reviewed by content experts and classroom teachers
  • Features 463 photos, maps, and artifacts primarily drawn from the Montana Historical Society's collections
  • Fully integrates the history of Montana's Indians into the state's story
  • Uses quotations from everyday people to bring Montana's past to life





Stories of the Land

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 Krys Holmes, with major contributions by Dave Walter and Susan C. Dailey align= Krys Holmes is a native Montanan and a graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Billings. After a stint as a reporter, she began writing about Montana's people, history, and natural resources, including interpretive texts for Montana historical sites and state parks.

Praise for Montana: Stories of the Land

"Montana: Stories of the Land is unique among the many books that have focused on Montana's past. While carefully synthesizing the latest research on our state's history, it is written in a graceful, yet dramatic style. The text and images capture the wonder of Montana and should appeal to readers of all ages."
-Professor Robert Swartout, History Department, Carroll College, Helena

"Montana: Stories of the Land includes the "Indian side of the story." It offers Indians' perspectives, not just on the settlement era of Montana history, but on the Depression, World War II, and the 1972 Constitutional Convention. The Montana Historical Society and author Krys Holmes actively sought tribal input during the writing and editorial phases of the project, and it shows. This text tells all the stories of the land."
-Professor Walter C. Fleming, Chair of the Native American Studies Department, Montana State University, Bozeman

"This is the book we've needed for the last 25 years."
-Jack Martin, Social Studies teacher, Kalispell Middle School

"This textbook contains a comprehensive history of our state. It provides a number of different sources and perspectives, and it helps the teachers to make the lessons relevant to their location. I am anxious to begin using Montana: Stories of the Land in my Montana history classroom."
-Denise Heppner, Social Studies teacher, Plentywood Middle School

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