9/12/14 – From Clearcuts to Ecosystem Management: The Forest Service and the Environmental Movement

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a blog series on the history of the national forests by SHRA environmental analyst/researcher Naomi Heindel. Links to the previous blogs in the series are here, here, and here. This installment examines the rise of the environmental movement, the Forest Service’s continued reliance on clearcutting, and the… Read the Rest »

8/29/14 – A Brief History of School Summer Vacation

As August draws to a close, most students across the U.S. are heading back to school. We previously looked at the origins of public schools in the U.S. , and SHRA delved into more education-related issues when we researched and wrote the 120-year history of the Idaho Education Association. Because most Americans are a product of… Read the Rest »

8/21/14 – A Review of Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast by Ellen Stroud

In the August 2014 edition of  The Public Historian (University of California Press), SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens reviews Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast by Ellen Stroud.  You can read the review by clicking the link below and scrolling to pages 7 and 8. Book Reviews from The Public Historian, August 2014

8/8/14 – Smallpox in the Archives, a Look at the Spread of Disease in Canyon County, Idaho

In November 1906, a smallpox epidemic broke out in Canyon County, Idaho. It was reported by citizens in Emmett that “people broken out with smallpox were walking the streets,” presumably spreading the disease without knowing it. For the next two years, county physician Dr. William Waldrop traveled extensively around the expansive rural county tending to… Read the Rest »

7/23/14 – World Cup Reflections

In the months leading up to the 2014 World Cup, headlines abounded with speculation on Brazil’s readiness. As thousands of tourists descended upon the various host cities, it was clear that Brazil’s infrastructure was not up to snuff. Barely finished stadiums, hastily constructed airport terminals (one of which was under a tent) and numerous uncompleted… Read the Rest »

6/18/14 – SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens on History@Work

SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens wrote a guest post for the National Council on Public History’s History@Work blog.  In it she discusses our growing business and the challenges of coordination and collaboration in what can be the solitary work of archival research and writing.  You can read the whole post here.  

6/12/2014 – The World Cup through the Lens of History

On June 12, 2014, the 20th FIFA World Cup officially kicked off in San Pao, Brazil. For precisely a month, more than a billion eyes will diligently watch as 32 teams compete in the sport’s marquee event. A fan only needs to watch one game to realize the World Cup is a public celebration steeped… Read the Rest »

6/6/14 – Timber Harvesting and Wildfire in the National Forests: The Emergence of Multiple-Use Management

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a series of blogs by SHRA Environmental Analyst/Researcher Naomi Heindel on the history of the United States Forest Service. You can read the first two installments here and here. In my previous blog, the second in this series on the history of the Forest Service, I discussed the… Read the Rest »

5/23/14 – Breaking Trails at the Dawn of the National Parks System

Editor’s note:  Today’s blog post is from Jennifer Stevens. My 12-year old son recently asked me why I read the obituaries in the paper. I didn’t have to think very long before I answered: I love people’s stories. Environmental history is – like all history – cut from the cloth of people’s stories. Human interaction… Read the Rest »

5/2/14 – Flying Before 9/11: a Review of The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

Editor’s note: Today’s blog is from our office manager and (one of our) resident book worms, Jill Johnson. In late November 2000, I found myself tired and long way from home. Having just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand from the U.S., my powers of observation were not the best. Nonetheless, when I boarded my onward… Read the Rest »

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