Preservation Month Essay Contest

May is Historic Preservation Month! The Historic Resources Board invites students to celebrate by researching and sharing information about Anaconda’s Past. Any Anaconda Deer Lodge County student in grades 7-12 may enter.

Students wishing to participate may submit an essay or a digital production. Essays must be 300-600 words. Digital productions are limited to 3.5 minutes. Every entry focused on one of the listed questions or topics must include: (1) Student’s name (2) Student’s Grade and (3) at least one cited source to support their research.

Anaconda Junior /Senior High students may submit an entry to Ms. Everett or any teacher assigning the project.  Home school students may submit entries on the Preservation Month Essay Contest submission page. Note: submissions may become available to the public through the website.

 All entries are due on or before May 20th, 2022. Winners and prizes for top entries from every grade level will be announced in June.

Pump House-Glenns Dam

Anaconda topics

  • How has Anaconda contributed to the country?
  • How are Anaconda & Butte’s histories connected?
  • Why is it important to preserve historic sites and buildings? Essay must highlight at least one saved, lost, or altered historic resource.

National Register of Historic Places

  • In your view, what is the most treasured Anaconda site not listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Why?
  • Why is the Smoke Stack important to Anaconda’s history?
  • In your opinion, what is the most valuable historic site, building, or district in Deer Lodge County?


Many resources and references are available, a few ideas to help students research their topic of choice are: 

Local People & their Impacts

  • Write about an important figure in Anaconda’s history? How did they shape our town? 
  • How has Anaconda’s history been shaped by someone in your family? Did a member of your family work on the smelter or on the railroad? Essay must include a reference (newspaper article, employee record, etc.)
  • How did Anaconda’s ethnic neighbors contribute to the city?