Jennifer Stevens

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 »

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.  

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 »

4/23/14 – SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens interviewed for Boise State Public Radio Story

Earlier this month, Jennifer Stevens was interviewed by Scott Graf of Boise State Public Radio for a feature the station ran on Boise’s 1959 mudslide.  It is a topic we’ve discussed on the blog before, and one that has gained more attention in the aftermath of the devastating landslide last month in Oso, WA.  Click… Read the Rest »

10/11/13 – Revisiting the Great Mud Bath of 1959 in the Boise Foothills

One of the things that gives Boise its particular sense of place is the Boise Front, the range of foothills that rise to the Northeast of town and stretch to the Rocky Mountain range.  In 2001, Boise voters approved a $10 million dollar levy dedicated to acquiring open space in the Foothills jumpstarting conservation of… 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 »

10/19/12: How the Historian Can Help in Superfund Cases

One of SHRA’s areas of specialization is expert litigation support. Since some of our readers may not be familiar with that facet of our work, we wanted to explore various types of cases in which our historians have provided expert research, analysis and sworn testimony in support of a legal argument. We’re going to start… Read the Rest »

9/21/12: A Look Back at the 1912 Presidential Election and its Parallels to Today

NPR teased its listeners on Wednesday morning with this: “It’s hard to be a Democrat in the Deep South.” The teaser was a plug for a political story that aired later that day and no doubt mentioned the increasingly contentious upcoming presidential race. It’s likely that some of the story’s interviewees may have lamented our… Read the Rest »

7/2/12: The 2012 Idaho Water Users Association’s Water Law Conference

The Idaho Water Users Association’s annual Water Law Seminar was held June 18-19 in Sun Valley, and SHRA’s Jennifer Stevens and Kelly Horn were in attendance. Attorneys from around the state and many members of irrigation district boards and canal companies took part. Speakers included representatives from government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency… Read the Rest »

6/15/12: The Boise Foothills

Idaho Public Television aired an episode of Outdoor Idaho focused on the Boise Foothills last night. Producer Joan Carten-Hansen did a knock-down job of nailing all of the things that make the Foothills so special to all of us who live in the Boise area. The first few minutes of the episode discuss the history… Read the Rest »

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