Big Sky Chronicles: Preserving Montana’s history with the public’s help

HELENA – Whether you’re a long-time resident, a snowbird or just a visitor to the Treasure State, we all have one or two special places that we call our favorites.

Now state officials are asking us to share those places with them on the internet, and maybe preserve some history at the same time. State officials are updating their four-year historic preservation plan.

As part of the update, they’re asking the public to submit photos of buildings, sites or landscapes that are special to them such as the old limestone kilns tucked away on Grizzly Gulch Road just outside of Helena.

With only 5 percent of the state’s historic and cultural sites inventoried, The public has a chance to help preserve a little Montana history.

“It’s a big state,” said Brad Hansen, Grants Coordinator for the Montana Historic Preservation Office.

“And of we have communities that let us know, ‘Hey this is what we have, and this is why we value it and this is a part of our identity,’ it helps us and the state plan prioritize not only our human resources, but also our financial resources in preserving and protecting those places.”

You can share pictures of your special place or places by emailing them to mtshpo@mt.gov or share the pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #MTtimetraveler.