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MSU archivist edits diaries and letters of Montana frontiersman

July 21, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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A Montana State University archivist has published a book of the writings of a Montana frontiersman who co-founded the Agricultural College of the State of Montana, now known as Montana State University.

Kim Allen Scott, a university archivist at MSU's Renne Library, will speak about his new book, "Splendid on a Large Scale: The Writings of Hans Peter Gyllembourg Koch, Montana Territory, 1869-1874," at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. Scott will be available to sign copies of the book until 3 p.m. Peter R. Koch, Koch's great-grandson who designed the book, will also speak at the event.

Hans Peter Gyllembourg Koch was a Danish immigrant who helped shape the culture of the Montana frontier. Scott said Koch's passion for education led him to start what is now the Bozeman Public Library, but it was as co-founder of the Agricultural College of the State of Montana that he left his most lasting mark.

The book is published by the Drumlummon Institute and Bedrock Editions in Helena. More information about Koch and the book is available at http://www.drumlummon.org/html/Splendid on a Large Scale.htm.

Kim Allen Scott, (406) 994-5297 or kascott@montana.edu