Extreme History Project new home

Nancy Mahoney, Crystal Alegria and Leslie Crismond pose for a photo in the windows of the new Extreme History Project office space on Tuesday off of East Mendenhall Street.

The Extreme History Project of Bozeman has won a state Heritage Keeper award from the Montana Historical Society, to be presented at its awards banquet Sept. 27 in Helena, part of the 46th annual Montana History Conference.

The society will also honor Mardell Plainfeather of Billings, who has worked for 20 years to preserve the history of the Apsaalooke Tribe, and author Larry Len Peterson, who has published eight books on Montana artists and the 2017 book, “American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer and the Spirit of the West.”

Marsha Fulton and Crystal Alegria founded the Extreme History Project in 2011. They researched the first Crow Indian agency at Fort Parker near Livingston and collected more than 15 oral histories from Crow tribal members. The project grew, creating a website, social media messages about history, and public lectures. Since 2013 it has championed efforts to draw attention to hidden-away histories and to reach a wider audience, through living history tours, workshops, plays, teacher workshops and college courses.

“These awards represent the highest honor the Historical Society can bestow upon those doing the daily work of saving Montana’s past for future generations,” said Kent Kleinkopf of Missoula, board president. He called their level of devotion “amazing.”

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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