Jennifer Stevens

6/15/12 – The Boise Greenbelt

The end of World War II signaled the beginning of America’s great modern suburbanization. As Americans flocked to places like Levittown and similar bedroom communities, they demanded not only modern technology such as washing machines, but also clean and open green spaces to enjoy increasing leisure time. They wanted to recreate, and began to insist… Read the Rest »

4/26/12: Electronic Records in the National Archives

My associate and I just returned from a week in the Washington, D.C. area doing research in the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The sheer volume of material that was relevant to the subject of our research was astounding. Back in the… Read the Rest »

2/13/12: Talking Open Space on Boise Community Radio

“Boise Yesterday and Today,” Elemental Idaho on Boise Community Radio A one-hour radio program on the history of the Boise Foothills and the Boise River Greenbelt, featuring Jennifer Stevens, Anne Hausrath, Judy Ouderkirk, and Elaine Clegg.  

12/12/11: So You Love History?

I was recently asked to speak at a Rotary meeting about the history of the Boise Foothills and the city’s Greenbelt and River preservation. The meeting was a treat to attend. I participated in the Pledge of Allegiance (not sure the last time I recited that!), and the singing of My Country Tis’ of Thee…. Read the Rest »

10/06/2011 Visionaries in Boise History

My involvement in the Boise civic community and knowledge of the city’s history sometimes brings me welcome invitations to participate in things that I really love. Last week, I was asked by the Boise Chamber of Commerce to conduct a tour for their 2013 Leadership Boise class, a program from which I graduated in 2005…. Read the Rest »

08/28/2011 Dr. Stevens Appointed to State Historical Records Advisory Board

Idaho Governor Butch Otter recently named SHRA’s Dr. Jennifer Stevens to the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board. The mission of the fifteen-member Board, which is funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is to advocate for the creation, preservation, dissemination and use of information that accurately… Read the Rest »

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 »

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 »

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