At Havre High School, for many years, students called history teacher Jim Magera “Magical Magera.”
That’s because if anyone asked him a question about Montana — today’s current events or 10,000 years back in history — he would know the answer.
Many others felt the same away about the local history teacher.
For years, he has been a go-to person when people have questions about Havre, Hi-Line, Montana or Native American history.
Magera has retired from HHS, but he’s still in the hallways, substitute teaching.
Because of a donation he made this fall, he will always be answering students’ questions about Montana history.
Magera has donated between 1,500 and 2,000 more books on history — mostly Montana and Native American history — to the Havre High library.
He was an avid reader and a fanatic about local history. He has books on every angle of Montana history.
Students of future generations will be able to turn to this resource to find out about the Montana of yesteryear.
In fact, more than students will be able to turn to the Magera resources.
People from throughout the state and nation will be able to see the collection Magera donated.
We’re probably biased, but we think Montana and the Hi-Line have some of the most interesting histories of the 50 states. Historical events — intriguing, fascinating and bizarre — need to be preserved so future generations will know how we got here.
Because of his donation to the library, Jim Magera’s miracle will live on for all time.