Montana's Cultural Heritage Now Available on Web
Reception to Celebrate First Audio Collection's Inclusion
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2010
Contact: Sara Groves
(HELENA) -- The Montana State Library and the Montana Historical Society will co-host a recognition reception to introduce the Rosetta Kamlowsky Interviews Collection and the Montana Memory Project. The reception will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society. The Historical Society is located at 225 N. Roberts Street just east of the State Capitol in Helena.
"We are delighted to be able to showcase one of our exciting new projects by highlighting the contributions of one of Montana's first female broadcasters," said Darlene Staffeldt, Montana State Librarian. "Ms. Kamlowsky made a tremendous contribution to Montana history through her interviews. Now through the Montana Memory Project, we are able to bring parts of Montana history alive."
The Kamlowsky interviews will be the first audio collection available through the Montana Memory Project.
Through the 1970s, Rosetta Kamlowsky hosted a radio show called "Scooter" at radio station KBLL. For "Scooter," Kamlowsky interviewed city and state leaders as well as national celebrities, and covered common stories of the day about Helena and Montana. During the 1980s, Kamlowsky hosted a program called "Warm Thoughts."
Many of Kamlowsky's interviews are with Helenans on various topics including John Quigley and the building of Frontier Town, Vo-Tech's beginnings, and restoring Helena's Civic Center. Some of her interviews have more of a statewide appeal, such as the ten-tape documentary on the Montana State Prison, industrial development in Montana, mining, bicentennial plans, the possibility of legalized gambling and the first sled dog race in Lincoln.
The Rosetta Kamlowsky interviews from 1968 - 1983 were donated to Carroll College in 1996, but were inaccessible to the public because of concern that extensive use would damage the reel-to-reel and cassette tapes on which the interviews were stored.
The new accessibility of the Rosetta Kamlowsky interviews is made possible because of their inclusion in the Montana Memory Project. The Montana Memory Project is an online source for digital collections relating to Montana's cultural heritage and offers online access to newspapers, maps, photographs, rare books, historic documents, diaries, oral histories, audio and video clips, paintings, illustrations, and more.
"The Montana Memory Project is an exciting resource that is available to anyone for free from the Internet," said Staffeldt. "We are pleased that we can make some of Montana's most treasured and interesting historic and cultural items available to all who are interested."
To access the Montana Memory Project, please visit: http://mtmemory.org. For further information on the Rosetta Kamlowsky interviews, the Montana Memory Project, or the reception, please contact Sara Groves at (406) 444-5357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Montana State Library
Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information about the Montana State Library, visit http://msl.mt.gov.
About the Montana Historical Society
The Montana Historical Society was established in 1865 and is the second oldest such institution west of the Mississippi. In addition to its great museum, the Society has a Research Center, State Historic Preservation Office, education and outreach program, and publication office that also produces the nationally award winning "Montana The Magazine of Western History." It is open year round just east of the State Capitol in Helena.