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.

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 the Rest »

7/26/2011 The Evolving Historical Profession

The NY Times printed an article today (7/26/2011) about how Geographic Information Systems have helped historians “see” the past in more unique and arguably more accurate ways. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/arts/geographic-information-systems-help-scholars-see-history.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&hp Although the article does not specifically discuss SHRA’s specialty – environmental history — the use of Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, represents a major leap forward in… Read the Rest »

3/17/2011 SHRA’s First Newsletter

1Q2011 NewsletterThanks to the help of our great new office manager, Jill Johnson, we have finally created our first newsletter.  We are hoping to provide these quarterly, giving our clients and friends an interesting peek into the archives.  Often I hear from my colleagues in academia that they just don’t have the kind of time… Read the Rest »

12/10/2010 SHRA in The Advocate

SHRA client Moffatt Thomas recently used the information in a report prepared by our firm for an article in the Idaho Bar Association’s newsletter.  Attorney Scott Campbell cited the SHRA report in his article, “Irrigation Water Drainage Development in the Treasure Valley.” History of Irrigation and Drainage in the Treasure Valley The report, entitled, A… Read the Rest »

11/12/2010 County Records and Haunted Hotels

I had occasion to be in Baker City, Oregon last week on a research trip.  The city itself has made a concerted effort to preserve its historic architecture, and the small downtown is charming.  City Hall is a beautiful turn-of-the-century (20th) quintessential stone hall with a clock tower, and there are many National Register plaques… Read the Rest »

9/30/2010 Book Release – Breaking the Wave

Jennifer Stevens authored an essay in a book that was released this week by Routledge called Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985. Dr. Stevens’ essay details the role of Portland, Oregon’s League of Women Voters in the debate over that State’s famous land use laws in the early 1960s.  She argues that… Read the Rest »

9/3/2010: The Mining Law of 1866

SHRA has spent quite a lot of time in recent months doing work related to the 1866 Mining or Right of Way Act.  Among many other things, the law provides perpetual ROWs for uses that existed on public land at the time the land was withdrawn from the public domain.  There is a provision of… Read the Rest »

7/26/2010 SHRA working to complete Boise’s new Historic Preservation Plan

SHRA is putting the finishing touches on Boise’s new Historic Preservation Plan.  The plan has not been updated since it was first written in 1979.  Much has happened since that time, and society values historic properties differently now than it did then.  Many things had to be addressed in this plan, including how to merge… Read the Rest »

7/7/2010 Historians and Gettysburg Casino

In June, many individual historians as well as the National Council on Public History and the Organization of American Historians wrote to the Pennsylvania Gaming Board to express opposition to a Casino requested for one-half mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park.  Gettysburg was the site of a critical Civil War battle as well as… Read the Rest »

7/1/10 – Dr. Stevens’ Seminar on Road Law with Local Attorneys

On July 19, SHRA will be joining attorneys Chris Meyer (Givens Pursley) and Paul Turcke (Moore, Smith, Buxton, & Turcke) for a day of discussion and education about road law and access in Idaho.  The event, sponsored through NBI, Inc. counts for CLE credit for attorneys, AICP credit for planners, and IACET units, as well…. Read the Rest »

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