A Reluctant Steward: Alberta and Its Parks

This article originally appeared on the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NICHE). This past week the Alberta Provincial Government announced it’s plan to ‘optimize’ its park system. This includes: The full or partial closure of twenty parks. Shortened operating seasons. Fewer groomed cross-country tracks Closures of a few visitor information centres Service fee increases A proposal to […]

People, Parks, Will

This is the 159th 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 among environmental historians and humanities scholars this past week (March 9, 2020 – March 15, 2020): Alberta's 'optimization' of its parks […]

Humans and Dogs and Bears, Oh My! – A Summer Podcast Reflection

This post originally appeared on the Network in Canadian History and Environment website. This clip shows Bear 148. Bear 148 was an iconic and beloved grizzly bear from Banff National Park who met her early demise in British Columbia after being relocated there just months earlier. A thirteen second clip of a bear munching on […]

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 […]

#Beyond150CA: “Average Man’s Wilderness: Algonquin and Its Timber” Source/Readings List

 Primary Sources All newspaper articles used for this Twitter presentation and related dissertation chapter are located in Algonquin Park Museum newspaper clippings scrapbooks, which can be accessed at the museum in the park. If interested in specific articles/topics, please contact me. I surveyed hundreds of clippings for this chapter, so its nearly impossible to list […]

“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 M. 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 […]

Continuing the Park System Visualization Experiment: Ontario Parks in Timeline Form

Back in February I explained how I am using interactive timelines to more easily analyze the develop of state and provincial park systems in the United States and Canada. In “Visualizing a Park System: Creating an Interactive Timeline,” I explained how I developed a label/colour system (see below) and mapped the development of Pennsylvania’s state […]

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 […]