School Field Trip - 2017

Townsend Seventh Grade Students Visit Canton Church

On October 11th the Historic Canton Church hosted the 7th Grade Students on a Broadwater County history field trip.  Mr. Lawson’s seventh grade students are studying Montana History and the field trip to the Canton Church and St. Joseph’s Cemetery was an opportunity to focus on the fascinating history of Broadwater County.

The 53 students, accompanied by Mr. Lawson, Mr. Holland and Mr. Racht, arrived at the Church at 11:00am. For many of the students it was their first visit to the 141 year old Canton Church – the seventh church built in Montana.  It was an opportunity for the students to actually experience the Canton Church much the same way the original Canton Valley settlers did while learning about the history of the building.

After the initial discussion of the history of the Canton Church and the demise of the town of Canton due to the flooding of the valley when Canyon Ferry Dam was constructed, the students were learned about the history of the many towns and settlements that sprang up in what is now Broadwater County. They not only learned about Townsend, Radersburg, Toston and Winston but learned about the towns that have disappeared – Diamond City, Hassel, Placer, Centerville and the interestingly named towns of Hog’em, Beat’em and Cheat’em.

The students and teachers were treated to a lunch of hamburgers, chips, water and cookies. While some of the students chose to eat their lunch in the historic building, many of the students enjoyed the mild October weather and ate their lunch in the park in front of the Canton Church.

After lunch the students boarded the bus for the short trip to St. Joseph’s Cemetery – the cemetery for the Canton Valley.  Mr. Holland and Mr. Lawson divided the class up into 4 groups and challenged the groups to discover the oldest burials, the newest burials and the family plots with the largest number of family members. The seventh graders had a great time exploring the cemetery and seeing first-hand the final resting place for many of the original settlers in the valley.

The Canton Church Restoration Board members Keith Kirscher, Bill Kearns, Keith and Carol Obert and Vic Sample would like to thank Mr. Lawson, Mr. Holland, Mr. Racht and the seventh graders for spending the day with us and hope they enjoyed the field trip as much as we did.

All agreed that we would like to make this an annual event!

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We would also like to thank Nichole Brown, Selah Renner, Jean Sautter and Jeff Langlinais for volunteering to help chaperon the students and prepare/serve lunch – the hamburgers donated by Bob’s Super Market.