Past, Present, and Future
The saying that you can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy comes to mind when looking back on the history of the Cannery District project. I grew up on a wheat farm in Southwest Kansas and was immediately attracted to the agrarian history of the mill and pea cannery sites.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but Montana has been where my heart is since I was teenager when our family bought a cattle ranch outside of Livingston. Every year during high school and college my summers were consumed working the ranch and exploring the outdoors. It was during that period of my life that I developed a strong connection to the land and love of Montana.
Growing up on the east coast, I knew little of the West; but always spent summers exploring the woods and beaches of the sleepy island where we had a summer house and at girl scout camps. When I met my future husband, an avid skier, and boater, his destination was to get back to Montana, where he had earned a degree at the University of Montana.