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Celebrating Yosemite: Part 1

By Mike Childers In a belated congratulatory letter to his successor as Yosemite National Park’s superintendent, outgoing superintendent M.W. Lewis counseled Charles G. Thomson of the inherent difficulties he would face running the park noting, “It has more travel than any other park, it presents more problems, and has a greater variety and complexity of…

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A Christmas in San Francisco

By Mike Childers From 1850 to 1972, the City of Paris Dry Goods Company was a San Francisco institution until is demolition 1980 after a lengthy, and ultimately failed, attempt to preserve department store. Opened at the beginning of the California Gold Rush, the department store was one of the few buildings to survive the…

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Weekend Reading: December 20, 2013

Weekend Reading: December 20, 2013 by Brent Olson Those of us in academic contexts are winding down. Winter has snuck up on me. Papers are graded. Books are put away. My desk is clean for the first time in months. And suddenly it’s properly cold. The days are short. I didn’t notice so much when…

Geography of the Post Office project map in collaboration with Standford PhD canidate Cameron Blevins

A Conversation with Jason Heppler

If you don’t yet know Jason Heppler, you should.  As an Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of History at Stanford University, and a PhD candidate at the University of the Nebraska, Lincoln, Heppler has already established himself as a leader in the field of digital history. His work on the American West and in…

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Anne M. Butler wins 2013 Armitage-Jameson Prize

BlogWest continues to recognize the award-winning scholarship of western women’s and gender history. Every year the Coalition for Western Women’s History awards various prizes to recognize promising and outstanding work in this field. The Armitage-Jameson Prize is awarded to the most outstanding monograph or edited volume published in western women’s and gender history. In October…