Shadows of Our Past
Preserving Veteran History Through Art

 

"Shadows of our Past" is about pulling veteran history out of a shoe box and into a shadow box. The history of their service should not be hidden in a dark corner of a garage, attic, or basement collecting dust. Their earned memorabilia should not be found in a pawn shop awarded to the highest bidder or lost to a landfill. This rich history should be displayed honorably.

 

As a project under the Veteran History and Arts Initiative (VHAI), "Shadows of our Past" embodies the passion to obtain, preserve, and honor our Montana veterans through creative creations in all forms of art. The binding element that holds our mission intact is not only the community connection, but also community ownership.

 

"These are Montana veterans. Your veterans. Our veterans."

So, what is our goal? The goal of “Shadows of our Past” is to connect artists, craftsmen, blacksmiths, and stonemasons with at least 20 loved ones of service members who have passed without prior opportunity to share their stories. The final outcome will be a work of art in the form of a shadow box that will hold medals, unit patches, letters home, and so much more. The production of the exhibit will cost an estimate of $15,000 that will cover the commissioning of art, space and materials for display, and student employment to manage the space. Once the exhibit is complete, these heritage-based pieces of art will be returned to the families so they can be handed down to future generations in remembrance.

 

Their sacrifice should not go unnoticed, uncelebrated, or forgotten.

 

The long-term goal is for VHAI to use this exhibit as a "proof of concept" for funding. Through generous grants and donors we aim to allow this project to be represented in every county and reservation in Montana.

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$5,000 Dollar-for-Dollar Match
Surprise! Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, the MSU Alumni Foundation will match all gifts between $10 to $100 until a total of $5,000 is raised.
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Most Dollars Raised – MSU Giving Day
The projects or causes with the most dollars raised during the 29-hours of MSU Giving Day will receive a special bonus. The #1 project will receive $2,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,500.
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One-hour Ambassador Challenge: Fast Starter
First Place Winner - Sarah Deaton - Awards $500 to Ecology Research
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One-hour Challenge: Happy Hour
It’s Happy Hour, Bobcats! For the next hour, until 5 p.m., the project that gets the most donors wins $750 toward their MSU Giving Day cause. The runner-up team gets $500.
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One-hour Challenge: Early Bird Special!
The project or cause that gets the most donors to make a gift from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. gets $1,000 toward their MSU Giving Day project! Second place wins $500 and third place will be awarded $300.
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One-hour Challenge: Mad Dash to the Finish!
The project or cause with the most donors during the final hour—4 p.m. and 5 p.m.—of MSU Giving Day will have another $1,000 added to their total. Second place will receive $750 and third place will be awarded $500.
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Most Donors Acquired – MSU Giving Day
The projects or causes that get the most donors to make a gift to them during the 29-hours of MSU Giving Day will receive a special bonus. The #1 project will receive $2,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,500.
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One-hour challenge: MSU Giving Day Kickoff
The project or cause with the most donors at the end of the first hour of MSU Giving Day (noon to 1 p.m.) will have $1,000 credited to their total. The runner-up will receive $500 and third place will be awarded $250.
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Eight-hour Ambassador Challenge: Day Two Leader
1st - Carmen McSpadden (MSU Leadership Institute)
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One-hour Challenge: Prime Time Push Classes of 2014 – 2019!
1st Place - Student Against Sexual Assault ($1,000) 2nd Place - MSU Treasure State Poll ($750) 3rd Place - MSU Marching Band ($300)
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One-hour Challenge: Let's Do Lunch!
The project or cause with the most donors from noon to 1 p.m. today will receive a $750 bonus. The runner-up will win $500.
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2 WA 1
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