Parks, Park, Also

This is the ninety-eighth post in my series that explores the most-used words in the top stories shared among Environmental Historians and Environmental Humanities scholars on Twitter each week. Here are the top articles amongst environmental historians and humanities scholars this past week (January 7, 2018 – January 13, 2018): Preserving historically significant architecture in Los Angeles, including…

Comps Notes: State, Provincial, and Historic Parks

I decided to publish my write-ups from my comprehensive exam reading fields. I am publishing them *as is.* Thus they represent my thoughts as a new PhD student. They were written between September 2011 and July 2012. The full collection is accessible here. State, Provincial, and Historic Parks C.J. Taylor, Negotiating the Past: The Making of Canada’s National Historic…

“What will come of it?”: Selwyn Dewdney Questions Algonquin

The oft neglected introduction, so regularly skipped by the average reader…I presume, most historians will tell you that the introduction is one of the most, if not the most, important parts of the book. The most interesting iteration of the introduction, and the most tempting to gloss over, is the introduction written by another author…

Why Wilderness? Why, Indeed.

View this post on Instagram Why Wilderness? #summerreading #whywilderness #wilderness #envhist #dissertationreading A post shared by -Jessica "Mountain" DeWitt (@jmariedewitt) on Aug 2, 2016 at 2:52pm PDT   A couple weeks ago I sat down with Why Wilderness: A report on Mismanagement in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Published in 1971, this collection of essays paired with…

Visualizing a Park System: Creating an Interactive Timeline

One of the most challenging aspects of my dissertation is figuring out how to analyze the development of four different park systems (Pennsylvania, Idaho, Ontario, and Alberta) over a period of about one hundred years. The sources tend to blur together in my mind, making analysis nearly impossible. I am a visual learner, and about…

Park Déjà vu

Originally Published on The Otter. CHESS’s Saturday excursion into the suburban wilds originated at the Markham Museum, a Toronto suburb located north east of the city. Our visit began with a presentation by two Parks Canada employees on the new Rouge Urban National Park initiative, which will be the first Canadian national park located within an…