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Jim Michelotti is a Butte native who grew up in the Meaderville and McQueen neighborhoods. He is a graduate of Boys’ Central High School and Carroll College with a B.S. in Mathematics. He continued his education, achieving an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Business Administration. Jim worked for Boeing in Washington and IBM in Butte before taking a position with Montana Tech. He spent the next 30 years working in administration with the college and teaching computer science. Jim volunteers with the Archives and the Knights of Columbus and maintains a passion for Butte history. He is an active member of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge, an Italian organization that has roots in Butte back to the late 1880s.
Jim McCarthy was born and raised in Butte and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He was employed by Butte-Silver Bow for 35 years as Park Superintendent and Road Foreman until he retired in 2009. Jim volunteers at the Archives and was an integral part of moving the Archives from its temporary location to the newly renovated building. He also helps with the Butte Adult Education classes on history and is an advisor for Butte High’s Montana History Club.
Kathy Morris was born and raised in Butte. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Education from the University of Montana and M.A. in Computers in Education from Columbia University, New York. During the 1984-85 school year, the Butte School District #1 granted Kathy a sabbatical leave to pursue her Master’s degree. She was a first-grade teacher for 31 years before retiring. After completing her volunteer project, landscaping the Babyland section of the Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, Kathy completed the Master Gardener program through the Montana State Extension Office.
Cheryl Ackerman was born and raised in Butte, having graduated from Butte High School and attended Montana Tech. She has been employed at the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce for the past nine years. Growing up in Butte, Cheryl knows that Butte is the “Richest Hill on Earth.” Since working at the Chamber, Cheryl has rediscovered the historic and architectural riches Butte has to offer. Cheryl enjoys sharing this information with the many visitors that pass through the Chamber doors all year long. She is an avid photographer; creatively promoting Butte (past and present) through her pictures. Cheryl has also worked with local schools and community groups to promote Butte through video photo stories.
Scott Juskiewicz is the Director of the Montana Tech Library and faculty member of the library since 2008. He received his B.A. in History from Ithaca College in 1993 and his Masters in Information Science (MSIS) from the University at Albany in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at Montana Tech, Scott worked at the New York State Library and the E.S. Bird Library at Syracuse University.
Jim O’Brien is a Butte native who graduated from Boys’ Central, received a B.A. in political science from the University of Montana, and an M.S. in industrial technology education from the University of Idaho. He worked for 35 years in various industrial safety positions and returned to Butte upon his retirement in 2010. He previously volunteered at the Butte Emergency Food Bank and is now a volunteer at the Archives.
Tom Mulcahy is a native of Butte, having graduated from Butte Central High School. He attended Gonzaga University and graduated with a B.Ed., a B.A. in philosophy, and a Masters in administration. He also holds an M.A. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He taught high school in Portland and Seattle and was on the staff at Gonzaga. He holds secondary teaching certificates in both Oregon and Washington and principal’s credentials in Washington. He is a former professional baseball player and a major league scout and was Director of Group Sales and Season Tickets for the San Diego Padres for more than 24 years. He returned to Butte after being in San Diego and Spokane for 45 years. His hobbies are painting and drawing American Indians and doing genealogy in the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.