Roundtable: Is All History Now Environmental History? The Anthropocene in Historical Context

I organized an environmental history roundtable featuring members of the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE): Stephen Bocking, Sean Kheraj, and Daniel Macfarlane. Tina Loo is acting as chair. The roundtable, “Is All History Now Environmental History? The Anthropocene in Historical Context”–a title sure to incite some debate–is being hosted by the Environmental Studies Association …

Usask Represent: University of Saskatchewan at the 2015 Canadian Historical Association Meeting

The University of Saskatchewan is a force to be reckoned with at this year’s 2015 Canadian Historical Association meeting, which is taking place June 1-3 at the University of Ottawa. I, personally, will be speaking on a roundtable on June 2nd that is cosponsored by CHA and the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, “Is All …

Do Not Look Into the Manly Void: Horsbrugh, Pittsburgh, and Point State Park

Sometimes a source just clicks. Sometimes the writer just jumps from the page and one begins to feel like they know the individual personally. This is how I feel about ol’ Patrick Horsbrugh–or Patty, as I like to call him– an architect and urban planner who, in 1963, published the report, Pittsburgh Perceived: A Critical Review of …

Hagiographically-Induced Cringing: A Snippet on The Cook Family and Cook Forest State Park

I just began reading Eastern Old-Growth Forest: Prospects for Rediscovery and Recovery (1996); just began is not an overstatement, I just finished the Foreward. Nonetheless, a passage in the Foreward by John Davis demands a brief comment: “Even as it underscores the importance of whole communities and ecosystems, old growth assures us quietly yet grandiosely that individuals …

Environmental History Worth Reading in April 2015

Every month I choose five environmental history articles/podcasts/videos and other media that I think are worth reading. To see my full list and comments, visit the original post on the Network in Canadian History and Environment’s website. My accompanying video with Sean Kheraj is below:

Environmental History Worth Reading in March 2015

Every month I prepare a list of environmental history worth reading on the internet for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). A full breakdown of my picks with the links can be found here. Watch me discuss my picks with Sean Kheraj below:

Review of Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement by Susan Rimby

This review was originally written for H-Net Pennsylvania and can be found here. Susan Rimby.  Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement.  University Park  Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.  Illustrations. xii + 208 pp.  $64.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-271-05624-1; $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-271-05625-8. Reviewed by Jessica DeWitt Published on H-Pennsylvania (September, 2014) Commissioned by …

Review: Historical GIS Research in Canada

This review was originally written for The Otter and the Network in Canadian History and Environment Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin, eds. Historical GIS Research in Canada. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014. 322 pp. $39.95 (paperback) ISBN: 978-1-55238-708-5; Free (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-55238-744-3. Reviewed By: Jessica DeWitt (University of Saskatchewan) Published: The Otter-NiCHE (October, 2014) Historical …

Notes from the Field

Originally Published for Rachel Carson Center’s blog, Seeing the Woods Outsider. Insider. My academic journey thus far often seems like a tightrope act between these two desires. My background and passion for state parks and nature has led me to become an environmental historian who focuses on parks. My dissertation is a comparative history of the …