General Public History

10/14/15 – Starvation Heights

I’ve never been a fan of Halloween. As a child I didn’t enjoy dressing up, so I gladly took my parents’ offer to buy one candy bar of my choosing to enjoy every October 31st instead of going trick-or-treating in Washington’s infamous drizzle. Growing up in the small, idyllic town of Port Orchard, Washington, the… Read the Rest »

10/7/15 – Book Review – The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

During the 15 years prior to the Civil War, historians estimate that more than 400,000 pioneers headed west via covered wagon. In the summer of 2007, I found myself driving from Western Washington to Rhode Island, a true “coast-to-coast” crossing, using a modern vehicle. My dog Griffin kept me company and from Utah to Iowa,… Read the Rest »

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 the Rest »

9/16/15 – A Quick Look at the Gas Tax

This summer I traveled extensively for work, and as a result I found myself shuttling to and from the airport at odd hours of the day (and night). And while each trip was somewhat of a blur, whether it was because of catching a 6:30am flight or arriving back home well past nightfall, there was… Read the Rest »

9/2/15 – A Study of Traditions and Superstitions at Two Universities

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog installment comes from Molly Myers, SHRA’s college intern in summer 2015. We are sorry to see her go, and we wish her all the best during what will be her last year of college at St. Andrews. The University of St. Andrews and College of William and Mary Joint Degree Program,… Read the Rest »

8/26/15 – John Hope Franklin

The SHRA team was recently in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the state’s second largest city. As I was researching dinner options and looking at a city map, I noticed a street called “John Hope Franklin” Drive. The street name instantly took me back to my 1994 graduate seminar with Professor Carl Harris at U.C. Santa Barbara, and… Read the Rest »

8/12/15 — The National Archives: Making and Keeping History, Part One

As the newest member of the SHRA research team, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my first day in the office would not take place in the office at all; instead, on my first day of work, I would be traveling to Washington, D.C. with the rest of the SHRA team for a week-long… Read the Rest »

8/5/15 – Basqueing in Boise: The Jaialdi Festival

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our summer intern, Molly Myers.  Learn more about Molly here. Last week, Boise saw an influx of thousands of visitors drawn to town by the promise of culture, camaraderie and kalimotxos (more on these later). Between July 28 and August 2 the weeklong festival called Jaialdi was predicted to… Read the Rest »

7/1/15 – July Blog Hiatus

In the spirit of the great American tradition of summer holidays, we’re taking a break from our blog for the month of July.  To keep up with what is of interest to us, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Or, take a look back at this post we did last year on the… Read the Rest »

6/24/15 – Big History on the Snake River

A few weekends ago, I paddled the Snake River from Swan Falls Dam to Celebration Park. The outing was recreational, but it also served as a fantastic history lesson. And not just any history lesson; this was a place-based, riverine version of Big History. In this new history curriculum, geared for high school students but… Read the Rest »

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