Boyne native coming home for book signing

Toni (Smith) Fanning, a 1988 graduate of Boyne City High School plans to do a book signing on Friday, Aug. 24 at Local Flavor to coincide with Stroll the Streets. This will last from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and any members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Toni Fanning was born and raised in Boyne City and moved to Montana in 1994. She earned her BS in Education with an emphasis in English from the University of Montana Western, where she graduated with honors. She has six years of secondary teaching experience in Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana as an accomplished English teacher. In addition to teaching Advanced Placement courses for upperclassmen, she designed and developed teaching units in alignment with both district and a standards-based curriculum for a variety of courses, including art, basic desktop publishing, career development, contemporary world studies, journalism, personal life skills, speech and drama, and website design. She also served as director for multiple high school musicals, coached Speech and Debate, acted as advisor to the senior class, school newspaper, and student government, and facilitated a host of community service related projects.

It was because the Treasure State felt like home from the start that this is where she decided to settle. Yet, while Fanning possessed a great deal of appreciation for the magnificence of the landscape that surrounded her, she knew little about the history of Montana’s Choteau area. So when the opportunity to interview local folks to document and compile their families’ histories presented itself, she jumped at the chance as she has always been fascinated with the art of storytelling and could think of no better way to serve her community.

Looking Back on the Front: A Bridging of Historical Perspectives is a beautifully designed, hard-cover, coffee table book that consists of a compilation of personal and transcribed interviews, legal documents, newspaper articles, published works, maps, letters, brochures, and Internet sources, covering a time period that spans from prehistory to the early 1940s. Combined in such a way so as to allow each story to reflect the voices of its contributors, the compiled materials memorialize the impact of those who tried to make a go of it up along Choteau, Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. Passed on from one generation to the next, the stories provide one-of-a-kind takes on the adventurous spirit, challenges, and triumphs of those who chose to make “the Front” their home.

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