Marty Knowlton and Tim Welsh Interview, May 24, 1977


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Marty Knowlton recalls the creation and development of the Elder Hostel program, an educational program for senior citizens that allows them attend short courses on college campuses, live in the dorms, and interact with younger college students. He describes the growing interest in the program, funding options available to those on a fixed income, the types of course typically offered, and the kinds of individuals to whom the program appeals. Tim Welsh discusses the adoption of the program at the University of Montana and how it’s managed by the Center for Continuing Education. He lists some of the courses attendees may take, as well as guided field trip and workshop opportunities. Welsh talks about how became involved in Elder Hostel and continuing education.


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Document Type

Oral History


Elder Hostel; University of New Hampshire; Continuing education; Senior citizens; Education costs; Higher education; University of Montana; Center for Continuing Education and Summer Programs, University of Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 188-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:09 minutes

Local Filename

OH_188_001.mp3; OH_188_001.pdf

Marty Knowlton and Tim Welsh Interview, May 24, 1977