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.

12/14/16 – Fall 2016 Newsletter

Recently, we mailed our Fall 2016 newsletter.  In this edition, we’re looking at Minneapolis-St Paul’s urban waterfront, and introduce our latest hire, Amalia Baldwin.  Click on the the link below to catch up on all of SHRA’s latest news… SHRA Fall 2016 Newsletter  

11/9/16 -The History of the Olympics…or the Olympics as History, Part II

Fanfare, Glory, Spectacle: The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games invite spectators to lose themselves in a state of suspended disbelief, even if for the briefest of moments. The combination of music, lights, and the palpable excitement at the most recent Rio Olympics filled the arena as the event commenced. This opening event and the… Read the Rest »

9/28/16 – The History of the Olympics…or the Olympics as History, Part I

With the impressive, theatrical, and culturally provocative closing ceremony of 2016 Rio Summer Olympics behind us, I thought it fitting to compose my thoughts on the history of this global event that brings the world a bit closer together for a few weeks every four years. Undoubtedly, the Olympics inspire feelings of patriotism for one’s… Read the Rest »

9/7/16 – Historic Cookbooks

As a historian, I read a lot of books. And as a foodie, I read a lot of cookbooks. While many of the history books I read are newly published within the last few years, others date back decades. Typically, these books fall into the category of a secondary source, meaning that they reveal what… Read the Rest »

7/6/16 – Chronicling the Sinking of the Titanic

You’ve heard it screeched on playgrounds, bellowed at parties, and parodied all over the internet. “I’ll never let go, Jack!” It’s the iconic line Rose (played by Kate Winslet) calls out to her beloved Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in James Cameron’s 1997 movie Titanic. Almost 20 years on, the line — and the movie… Read the Rest »

6/8/16 – Spring 2016 Newsletter

Last week, we mailed our Spring 2016 newsletter.  In this edition, we’re looking at new frontiers in history and the digital humanities, and include updates on our staff historians.  Click on the the link below to catch up on all of SHRA’s latest news… Spring 2016 Newsletter

5/25/16 – The Thompson Writing Awards

The Center of the American West held its 17th Annual Thompson Writing Awards last month in Boulder, Colorado. Having been involved with the organization since enrolling in the Center’s certificate program in 2008, I was thrilled to be asked to judge in the poetry category of this year’s contest and then attend the awards ceremony…. Read the Rest »

5/18/16 -Traveling Through the Mountains…on Camel Back?

I have always found the history of transportation in the West exciting, but as a historian, I find this subject increasingly relevant not only because it tells a story about changing technology and regional development, but because it also speaks to the power of individual ingenuity and innovation. While I was conducting research for an… Read the Rest »

5/11/16 – The Continuing Business of History

Long-time followers of this blog will recognize several recurring themes. In addition to a passion for history, our historians have a passion for the business of history.   Many people outside the profession don’t know the full gamut of career opportunities outside of academia that are available to students of history – or the humanities in… Read the Rest »

5/4/16 – History PhD Alum Invites Students to Consider “What’s Next?”

On April 22, 2016, Jennifer Stevens was invited to speak to a group of graduate students at the UC Davis Humanities Institute on professions outside of academia.  The event was co-sponsored by the History Department.  Dr. Stevens received her PhD in History from UC Davis in 2008. Dr. Stevens discussed her path to focusing on public… Read the Rest »

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