9/23/15 -The Legacy of Public Libraries – Then and Now, Part I

In the course of doing research for our active projects, SHRA researchers often come across articles from historic publications or find fascinating archival material that triggers a memory or provokes a question that compels us to further explore. I recently had such an experience when researching in a historic issue of the Engineering and Mining… read more

9/9/15 – The National Archives: Making and Keeping History, Part Two

Editor’s note:  This is the second installment in the blog series on history of the National Archives. Read the first installment here. Fire drills used to always reminded me of middle school, where students filed out of the classroom in single-file lines to congregate at the designated meeting place. Excitement was usually the emotion that… read more

6/10/15 – SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens on NCPH’s History@Work blog

This week on the National Council on Public History’s History@Work blog, SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens has a guest post on the intersection of public history and policy.  Click here to read the entire piece, including how a discovery of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s work lead her to her career in entrepreneurial public history.

4/29/15 – Spring 2015 Newsletter

This week, we mailed our Spring 2015 Newsletter.  Included in that newsletter were references to two client reports that have recently been made available to the public as part of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Lower Boise River TMDL 2015 Addendum.  Those reports are A History of the Pioneer Irrigation District and Water in… read more

4/8/2015 – Thinking Like a Historian

Last night, over dinner with my aunt and uncle, who were visiting from Massachusetts, we got into a discussion about the historical research we do at SHRA, its links to current environmental issues, and methodology, something that sounds boring and mundane, but something that had us sitting around the dinner table far into the evening…. read more

10/31/14 – SHRA Fall 2014 Newsletter

We recently mailed our Fall 2014 Newsletter.  For this edition, the theme was water, and all of our features focused on examples of water-related issues that SHRA has researched, including the recently concluded Snake River Basin Adjudication, navigability, and the Clean Water Act.  Click the link to read on… SHRA Fall 2014 Newsletter

11/22/13 – Favorite Reading Rooms: Archives II

Reading rooms are a funny thing. Some are quaint and a breeze to navigate. Others are a maze both in how records are organized and where you can find a seat. At a recent staff meeting, our researchers began talking about their favorite archives and reading rooms. We’ve researched in a range of places, including… read more

6/7/13 – Talking History

At SHRA, we specialize in putting history to work.  For us, this most frequently means combing archives and weaving narratives from a variety of written or photographic records.  However, SHRA is also proud to be a part of the growing trend of oral history projects that are occurring across the country. Currently, the oral history… read more

4/26/12: Electronic Records in the National Archives

My associate and I just returned from a week in the Washington, D.C. area doing research in the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The sheer volume of material that was relevant to the subject of our research was astounding. Back in the… read more

8/11/2011 Local Water Organizations Hosting October 18 Conference on Boise River

Boise-area residents value and love the Boise River for its proximity to downtown, the recreational opportunities it offers, and the water it provides for local farmers.  But the Boise River is not the same river it once was.  The meandering series of shallow channels that criss-crossed the valley floor in the late 19th century has… read more

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