History—especially the history of the American West—has always interested Linda Rowe. She says, “Volunteering as a tour guide for the Extreme History Project is really fun. So many tours are made up of long-time Bozeman residents as well as visitors. I learn something new on every tour.” Semi-retired, Linda also enjoys travel, writing and good food!
Brittany is a native Californian finishing up her History degree at Montana State University. Her interests include European Studies, Impressionism, Greek and Roman Art History, and Tea Sets. Brittany likes to spend her free time hiking, floating, skiing and visiting Aquariums any chance she gets.
Julia Strehlau Jacobs is a 31-year old German native who just recently moved to Bozeman. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Leipzig, and her Master’s degree in Anglo-American Literature, Language and Culture from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. As a foreign exchange student to MSU she explored courses in the History as well as the Native American Studies departments in 2011/12. She returned to Bozeman in the winter of 2014 to research on the Crow tribe and visited the Crow reservation. American culture and history have always been part of her journey. These became passions and hopefully will develop into a career. Traveling, hanging out with friends and being around family are Julia’s free time activities. She also loves riding her bike, listening to music, and being out in nature.
Jessica grew up in Bozeman, Montana and is currently an Anthropology student at Montana State University. When not studying, Jessica enjoys making historical costumes. She specializes in clothing from the Victoria era.
Charlie Spray has been a resident of Montana since 1981. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado he has had a lifelong passion with History and the West. Charlie holds a degree in Bible as well as a BA in History with minors in Native American Studies and Museum Studies and also a Master’s degree in Native American Studies from Montana State University. He serves as an Adjunct faculty member at MSU as well as working for the past 4 years at the Gallatin History Museum. One of his chief passions is telling stories that make history come alive.
Cheryl Hendry is a PhD Candidate in History at Montana State University. She has a variety of experiences working in public history. Prior to returning to school she worked as a seasonal employee for the New Jersey State Park system giving tours of historic Batsto Village, as an Education Assistant at Fonthill Museum, and as a historian for a cultural resources management firm working on issues of historic preservation.
John Olson volunteers for us as our Project Coordinator in charge of working with the speakers involved with the Extreme History Project Lecture Series and helping with our various websites. John is an anthropology major and is particularly interested in archaeology. He is also pursuing a minor in GIS. This is his first year as a tour guide and he is especially excited that his first tour will be “Murders, Madams and Mediums”. John is also a member of the Bozeman Paranormal Society.
Bekah Schields is a recent graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Anthropology, History, and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include the history of the American West, the emergence of agriculture in the Near East, and early state formations. When she isn’t working or reading, Bekah can be found in the kitchen whipping up some dinner for her favorite people.
Dale Martin is an instructor in history at MSU-Bozeman, teaching courses in the history of Montana, technology, and the First World War. Living in Butte in the 1980s, he witnessed the tumultuous hopes and disappointments of a mining town. Both he and Merle Haggard “wish a buck was still silver.”