Edith Harper Reminiscence, January 1988


Edith Harper



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In this self-recorded reminiscence, Edith Harper discusses her experiences teaching music, band, and English in Hysham, Eureka, Wibaux, Big Timber, and Manhattan, Montana, before being elected Superintendent of Schools in Sweetgrass County, Montana. She talks about the bands, twirling groups, and choruses she put together at the schools in which she taught and discusses the various awards and recognitions these groups have received. Harper talks about the different music festivals, including the State Music Festival and the Glendive Music Festival, as well as sporting events at which her bands and music groups played. She also discusses being appointed chairman of the Montana Music Education Association’s Committee on Future Music Teachers in Montana, and she describes receiving the G. V. Bricson Award for notable service and dedication to education. Harper recalls the support she received from each community in which she taught, some of her notable students, and how much she enjoyed teaching.


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Document Type

Oral History


Music; Music teachers, Montana; G. V. Ericson Award, Montana; Band; Band teachers, Montana; Music education, Montana; Rural schools, Montana, Education, Montana; Superintendent of Schools, Sweetgrass County, Montana; School teachers, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Educators in Montana Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 192-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:54:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_192_001_mp3; OH_192_001.pdf

Edith Harper Reminiscence, January 1988