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The Geography of War: Heart Mountain

 

January 16 - April 3, 2019
Wednesdays 4-5 PM with one field trip on Saturday, March 16
MSUB Liberal Arts Building Room 311 - Course Cost $179

 

Course Description*

 

This class meets regularly from mid-January to early-April to learn about the Heart Mountain Internment site near Cody, Wyoming. In mid-March we will take a one-day field trip to Heart Mountain. We will explore the cultural context, internees, camp workers, physical geography, and social geography of this site.  Student’s final products will be provided to the museum director for display.

 

Heart Mountain Wyoming

 

Course Schedule*

 

Wednesday, January 16

Overview of Course

 

Wednesday, January 23

WWII Context (Film and Discussion): "The Legacy of Heart Mountain"

Five facts about WWII in the Pacific (with citations)

Points: 5

 

Wednesday, January 30

Lives of Internees (Film and Discussion): “All We Could Carry”)

Five facts about Japanese Internees of the United States (with citations)

Points: 5

 

Wednesday, February 6

Site History and Overview: Museum Director

Five questions to engage the Director

Points: 5

 

Wednesday, February 13

Think Tank: Exploring the Heart Mountain Experience

A set of five questions to explore while at the museum

Points: 5

 

Wednesday, February 20

Preparation: An Experiential Investigation

Five facts about WWII in the Pacific (citation)

Points: 20

Wednesday, February 27

Heart Mountain: Life in Wyoming's Concentration Camps

Written review and discussion

Points: 20

 

Wednesday, March 13

Fieldtrip Logistics

Attendance Mandatory

 

Wednesday, March 16

Heart Mountain Site and Museum

Attendance Mandatory 7am-8pm

 

Wednesday, March 20

Debrief and Products Discussion

Turn in “Reflections” Essay

Points: 10

 

Wednesday, March 27

Museum Products Review

Museum Products (1st Draft, peer Reviews)

 

Wednesday, April 3

Museum Products Presented

Final Museum Products

Points: 30


 

*subject to change

Please note: In order to gain the most from this course community members are encouraged to complete all assignments.

 

What You Will Get Out of the Course

  • Be able to explain Heart Mountain as a site of historical geography
  • Identify research questions of value to the sites of war geography
  • Explore museum materials for an investigation into a site of war geography
  • Explain the value of a personal visit to a site of war geography
  • Explain the finding and limitations of a one-day visit to Heart Mountain as a research endeavor
  • Produce a “museum-ready” product for presentation to the Heart Mountain Museum Director

Course Textbook

 

Heart Mountain: Life in Wyoming's Concentration Camps (Mike Mackey) will be available at the Feb 6 meeting.

 

Your Instructor

 

Professor Susan Gilbertz is a cultural geographer with personal ties to Wyoming. She has been teaching at MSU Billings for 16 years, and her research areas engage the peoples of our region. She recently visited the Heart Mountain site with her 82-year old mother which helped her realize the timely importance of encouraging others to personally experience and reflect on this geography of WWII.

 

Who Should Enroll

 

Anyone who has an interest in history or learning more about the Heart Mountain Internment Site including the cultural context, internees, camp workers, physical geography, and social geography of this site.

 

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Contact Information

MSU Billings Extended Campus
406.896.5890 
ECINFO@msubillings.edu