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January 03, 2013



“Dispatches” has been released and can be found online at

“Dispatches” is a publication of The University of Montana Crown of the Continent Initiative and is an adjunct to UM’s Crown of the Continent e-magazine. It is issued periodically throughout the year. 

The current issue features “The Naturalist,” an excerpt from a major piece on Morton J. Elrod that former UM President and Professor of History Emeritus George Dennison is writing on one of Montana’s most eminent naturalist-educators.

Dennison served as UM president for 20 years – from 1990 to 2010 – the longest tenure for a UM president. Dennison also is a Senior Fellow in The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at UM and senior adviser to the president at Colorado State University, Global Campus.

The 38-page e-publication is issue No. 2 in this special series produced through the Crown of the Continent Initiative publishing program and includes photographs, a biography on Elrod and source endnotes.

To receive other Crown of the Continent Initiative updates, email The Crown of the Continent website is at Current and past issues of the e-magazine, e-notes and “Dispatches” are available in PDF format on the website under “E-publications.”

For more information email Rick Graetz or Jerry Fetz, initiative co-directors, at





Contact: Rick Graetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-439-9277,; Jerry Fetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-546-5711, .