This blog offers SHRA associates a less formal place to write about the intersection of current events, academia and history. We will also share "finds" from the various primary sources we examine. We post both Features, our long form pieces, and Vignettes, fun, interesting and notable shorts that we think would be of interest to our readers but that don’t warrant a longer analysis. To see some of our longer analytical pieces, click on Features. For shorter reads, click on Vignettes.

7/19/13 – SHRA’s Summer 2013 Newletter

Recently, SHRA mailed our Summer 2013 newsletter.  Our cover article was on a boat railway that was proposed in the 1880’s to help navigate the mighty Columbia river.  This article is part of our newsletter series called “Archive Archaeology,” which highlights lighter or curious finds made in the course of our research.  A link to… Read the Rest »

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 the Rest »

5/24/13 – Celebrating 150 Years of History in Boise, Idaho

Providing environmental litigation support keeps SHRA busy with clients across the United States. Our historians love digging into primary source documents on topics relating to historical mining, land use, irrigation practices, and other issues. We also take great pride in working in general public history and jump at any opportunity to get involved with projects… Read the Rest »

3/22/13: The U.S. Government Helps the Hat Industry

My favorite research projects are those that lead me to new collections and new records that are unfamiliar to me. I have spent many hours – and probably years – of my life poring over records of the Bureau of Reclamation, the General Land Office, and the Bureau of Mines. But a recent project has… Read the Rest »

2/22/13: Book Review – “Call the Midwife” Trilogy

Today’s blog post is courtesy of SHRA’s resident non-historian, our office manager Jill Johnson, who is reviewing a series of memoirs about the lives of London midwives and their service to the working class in the post-World War II world.   Last Autumn, PBS ran the BBC series Call the Midwife. It recounted the stories… Read the Rest »

2/15/13: SHRA on Social Media

By now, you’re familiar with our website and this blog, but did you know that we are also on Facebook and Twitter?  We love the more informal and interactive platforms that social media offers us, and we’d love for you to join the conversations.  Click through and like the SHRA Facebook page, and follow us… Read the Rest »

2/1/13: The Business of History, Part 2

Last week, we shared the AHA’s summary of “The Entrepreneurial Historian” panel from the organization’s 2013 conference. This week, we invite you to read a guest post from SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens on the History@Work blog. Dr. Stevens was invited by the National Council on Public History to blog about her own impressions at the AHA… Read the Rest »

1/25/13: The Business of History, Part 1

Earlier this month, SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens participated in the “The Entrepreneurial Historian” panel discussion at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans, LA.  The panel included professionals that spoke to alternatives to academia for historians. The AHA posted a summary of the session on their blog, where you can read… Read the Rest »

1/4/13: SHRA Sponsors Scholarship for Local Historian

This past fall, SHRA had the opportunity to support a scholarship for a deserving historian to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 Historic Preservation Conference in Spokane, Washington. Collaborating with Preservation Idaho to fund the scholarship, SHRA’s contribution allowed the recipient not only to travel, but also to participate in the conference’s orientation,… Read the Rest »

12/28/12: Fall 2012 Newsletter

We’re taking a break from our blog this week, but we’d like to share our Fall 2012 Newsletter for those of you who haven’t seen it before.  SHRA wishes you and yours all the best in 2013.  Happy New Year! Posted 12/28/12    

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