New Guidebook To Highlight Rural Heritage
MPA is thrilled to announce a new media project in partnership with our good friends at the US Forest Service Region One Heritage Stewardship Enhancement program. This collaborative project will create a print- and web-based tour guide designed to expand awareness, appreciation, stewardship, and visitation to rural historic and cultural sites that are not widely known. Sites on private land like the Bear Gulch Pictographs outside of Lewistown or the Forest Service’s Camp Senia in Carbon County give visitors another way to learn about Montana’s prehistory and recent history.
Many rural historic landmarks and cultural landscapes on public and private lands, including those on national forests and grasslands, often receive less appreciation and promotion at the state or regional scale, leaving the burden of preservation advocacy at the local community and agency level. As Montana and the nation celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016, this new guidebook will help raise the profile of some of Montana’s rural and lesser known historic sites, while building on the foundations of all that the National Preservation Act set in motion.