Harry Fritz - UM

Harry Fritz headshotMontana, and Montanans, played major roles in World War I, called the Great War. According to Dr. Harry Fritz, recently retired University of Montana history professor, we are still experiencing the consequences of that war.

The ongoing centennial of the war affords an opportunity to review and remember the 19-teens, and Fritz is just the man to do it for a lecture audience.

Economically, the era was one of the most prosperous in the history of the state. Montanans served in the armed forces in record numbers. But curtailment of the civil rights of war’s opponents cast a long shadow over the era, he says.

For 50 years, Fritz packed classes at UM for his knowledge of American and Montana history and his storytelling flair that brought history to life. Dozens of awards and scores of publications are testimony to that.

After studying chemistry at Dartmouth, Fritz came to UM to study history. He holds a master’s degree in history from UM and a Ph.D from Washington University in St. Louis.

His awards include the 2008 H.G. Merriam Award for distinguished contribution to Montana literature, UM professor of the year in 1972 and 1999 and Montana Professor of the year 2004.