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Release Date: 10/18/11
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Partners with Lewistown Library to Document Montana Pioneers

In preparation for the 150th Anniversary of the 1862 Homestead Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Lewistown Public Library are providing families and individuals an opportunity to preserve and share their historic documentation about central Montana homesteads and homesteaders. 

“This is a great opportunity for families to bring in historic photos and documents, postcards and letters, so they can be scanned and added to the Montana Memory Project’s website,” said BLM archaeologist Zane Fulbright. 

The Montana Memory Project is the Montana Historical Society’s digital archives and library, and is free and available to the public. Many historic photos documenting life in and around central Montana have already been added to this website, thanks to the efforts of the Lewistown Public Library staff.

May 20, 2012 is the actual anniversary date of the Homestead Act, and May is also recognized as Historic Preservation Month. “We would like to have a good collection of historic records scanned by that time so we can create a public display for the commemoration. Once we scan the images we can also create a digital copy for the families for their own personal use,” Fulbright added. 

The Montana Memory Project is a unique digital opportunity to share the photos, documents and information about homesteading in Montana and everyone who participates keeps their original photos and documents.

Too often historic photos get left in a box in the closet and no one ever looks at them. Eventually they either get damaged or people forget who’s in the picture. This is an opportunity to preserve the images and capture the personal stories associated with them. 

For more information about the Montana Memory Project please contact Nancy Watts at the Lewistown Public Library, or visit If you would like to schedule a time to scan your photos or documents please contact Zane Fulbright at the BLM at 538-1923, or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012