Winter 2009
Volume 20, Issue 4
See the Table of Contents below ("In This Issue") and click on the article that you wish to read. When you finish an article, scroll back up to the Table of Contents and click on the next article that you wish to read.
In This Issue
From the President's Desk: Opportunities to Contribute
The Profession - Thinking Beyond the Academy and Still Being Part of It: Publishing and Editing as a Career
Our Journal Now Published by Oxford University Press
Additional Info: New Developments for Our Journal
Announcements, Including Call for Nominations for ASEH's Distinguished Service Award, Call for Proposals to Host Env. History Conferences, and More
Member News
Thank You to our Donors
Film Review: "River of Renewal"
ASEH Fellowships and Portland Travel Grants Awarded for 2010
Attention Graduate Students
From the President's Desk: Opportunities to Contribute


As scholarly societies go, the ASEH is not especially large or complicated. It is not in the same league (at least in terms of magnitude) with giants like the American Historical Association or the Modern Language Association that employ large staffs in expansive premises. To most members, the machinery through which such organizations operate is not of compelling interest, as long as the annual meetings run smoothly and the publications appear on time. The machinery is nevertheless important, and even for a relatively modest society like ours, there is more to it than meets the casual eye. Since becoming an officer of the ASEH, I have been able to observe how much energy, attention, and labor is involved. The lion's share of this is provided by Executive Director Lisa Mighetto, but she and the elected officers also rely heavily on members who volunteer to help with all of the society's activities. 


The committee structure of ASEH (explained on our website suggests the range of these contributions. The range is actually even broader than the website indicates. For example, an ad hoc committee has devoted enormous effort to negotiating an excellent new arrangement for the publication of Environmental History, which is explained in a separate article by my predecessor Nancy Langston, who led this enterprise.  And as is the nature of websites, what seemed attractively up-to-date only recently now appears a bit cumbersome and shopworn. It is time for a new version, and we are looking for volunteers for a Website Committee (committee members will oversee the work of a professional designer). If you would like to contribute your technical expertise and/or your aesthetic insight to this endeavor, please contact Lisa Mighetto ( or me ( If you are interested in serving on one of the other committees (a few are elected by the general membership, but most are appointed), please also let us know.

In addition to the prizes given at each annual meeting for specific work: a book, a dissertation, an article published in Environmental History, and an article published elsewhere (each decided by a volunteer committee), the ASEH also recognizes more sustained contributions to the field. In alternating years, the society gives a Distinguished Scholar Award and a Distinguished Service Award.The Executive Committee chooses the recipients of these awards, based on nominations from the membership. Their next decision will be for the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, to be given at the 2011 annual meeting in Phoenix. The previous recipients of this award-John Opie, Don Hughes, Susan Flader, Hal Rothman, and Marty Melosi-make an impressive list.  Nominations for the next in the line should be submitted by January 18 (see the directions under "Announcements," below).

Of course, time is not the only way that members can help with the work of ASEH.  As was explained in the letter sent to ASEH members several weeks ago, financial support is also very welcome. The society depends for most of its operating expenses on the annual meeting and journal subscriptions. At present these sustain our core activities, but we are limited in several areas where we would like to expand:  for example, diversity initiatives, outreach beyond the academic community, and fellowships to help graduate students attend the annual meetings.  

Harriet Ritvo

ASEH President

The Profession - Thinking Beyond the Academy and Still Being Part of It: Publishing and Editing as a Career
By Christine R. Szuter, Arizona State University
How can you be part of the academy, but not be a professor? Scholarly publishing-within a university press, library, or journal office-can provide you with intellectual stimulation in an academic environment outside of the classroom.
Publishing has often been called the "accidental" profession because you become a publisher by chance and not by design. Over time the professionalization of the field has occurred with the development of its own learned societies, journals, fields of inquiry, and academic programs.
Publishing encompasses a multitude of jobs. Editors-editors-in-chief, acquisitions editors, developmental editors, copy editors, technical editors, managing editors, web editors, online editors, or production editors-are often equated with publishers. They, however, are only one part of the complex world of publishing, which also includes experts in design, production, marketing, sales, business, permissions, copyright, and publicity.
How can you prepare to enter this exciting and ever-changing field?
Develop academic expertise. As a publisher you will interact with authors, researchers, scholars, faculty, and administrators from varied backgrounds. Your strong and deep knowledge base is critical in creating working relationships based on mutual respect.
Think and read broadly. Know the world. You will be a better editor and publisher if you are grounded in a wider arena of interests.
Keep abreast of changes in technology. Acquire a diverse range of computer and internet skills. Publishing is an electronic medium even when the end product is a print book.
Connect with publishers. Visit the exhibit hall and meet potential future colleagues at academic meetings. Talk with the exhibitors-who are acquiring editors, marketing managers, and directors of the presses. They are a great source of knowledge about how you can enter the field.
Take on an internship in publishing. The best way to find out if you are interested in the field is to do the work. An opportunity to be an intern will expose you to the various aspects of publishing and may lead to a job.
Get professional training. Although publishing started out as the accidental profession, it is now a discipline with its own set of courses, academic degrees, and certificate programs. The graduate certificate program in
Scholarly Publishing at Arizona State University combines a master's degree in public history with a scholarly publishing certificate program. Many other publishing programs exist across the country, including those at the University of Chicago Graham School, Simon Fraser University, and New York University.
A career in scholarly publishing is exciting, creative, and ever-changing. You will be part of the academy and play a central role in the dissemination of knowledge and research generated by scholars worldwide.
Christine Szuter will speak in a session on "The Art of Writing History - and Getting Published" at ASEH's Portland conference, March 11, 2010, at 10:30 AM.
Our Journal Now Published by Oxford University Press
By Nancy Langston, University of Wisconsin-Madison


The American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society are pleased to announce that Environmental History will be published by Oxford University Press, beginning in 2010.

For the past 12 years, FHS has published the journal in partnership with ASEH. While the partnership has led to an extremely strong journal, in recent years, our costs for producing Environmental History have risen rapidly, library subscriptions have declined, and our ability to reach new online and international audiences has been limited. To evaluate new publication options for the journal, the two societies formed a joint Press Committee, consisting of two representatives from the FHS board (Tom Dunlap and Sara Gregg) and two ASEH representatives (Bill Cronon and myself).


We learned that the world of journal publication and marketing is changing so rapidly that it is almost impossible for any small society to self-publish a journal and maintain competence in the midst of such rapid change. Even the largest professional societies, such as the American Historical Association and the American Academy of Religion, are migrating to external presses. Increasingly, journals are being bundled into packages (collections) at the request of libraries because many libraries - for their own efficiency - no long wish to procure individual journals. A society producing a single journal cannot provide such a capability. Libraries are forming consortia (groups of libraries) to negotiate with publishers for journal packages. Many consortia are unable or unwilling to work with small presses, and large presses can negotiate the most favorable agreements with consortia.

The Press Committee considered a variety of presses representing a wide range of options in current journal publishing: large commercial presses, large non-profit presses, and smaller, more specialized non-profit presses. Our committee received enthusiastic indications of interest from seven publishers, reflecting the quality of the journal. We solicited formal proposals from three presses:  Oxford Journals, the largest non-profit journal publisher in the world; Wiley-Blackwell, the largest commercial society journal publisher in the world; and the University of California, a medium-sized university press with a strong list in environmental history. All three presses have strengths, but we unanimously agreed that Oxford meets the needs of the two societies far better than the alternatives. Several reasons stood out among those that led us to this conclusion:

Size and Stability: A large press offers greater stability in a time of rapid change in publishing. Oxford is large and diverse enough to ensure that short-term fluctuations in one aspect of its portfolio will not undermine its long-term publishing strategies. Smaller non-profit presses are more vulnerable to economic downturns. Commercial presses face uncertain futures as well, given the consolidations and acquisitions by larger conglomerates in recent years. Many commercial and university presses will go out of business over the next decade, but if one had to gamble on a non-profit press that will survive all the transformations now going on in the world of academic publishing, Oxford would be at the top of anyone's list.


Revenue Flows and Services: Oxford's size allows it to negotiate excellent contracts for services such as copyediting, printing, marketing, and distribution, meaning that production costs are projected to be less than half of what we currently pay. This means that we will be able to use members' dues for improved services to our members, particularly fellowships and travel grants for graduate students and minorities.


Audience: While revenue flows are important, maximizing revenues is less important than increasing quality and readership. While a large commercial press can be expected to offer financial stability, a non-profit press is better suited to ensure the largest possible intellectual audience for our journal. Commercial presses rely on a business model that dramatically increases institutional pricing to libraries, bringing in larger profits for the press but a much reduced audience for the journal. Non-profit presses have a better record of keeping library subscriptions at reasonable prices.  Conversations with university librarians convinced us that Oxford has the strongest reputation with the people who will ultimately be making many renewal decisions.


International Outreach: We believe that the greatest potential for growth in Environmental History lies in an international audience, and Oxford is best poised to reach those markets. Oxford has a solid track record of leading initiatives for new publishing models that provide wider dissemination at lower cost, without the financial risks associated with open access models. Oxford  provides free or greatly discounted online access to their journals to educational institutions in the 60 poorest countries in the world. Over 2,000 institutions in the developing world have registered for the program, and this number will increase over the coming years, with heavily discounted prices to a further group of 29 developing countries.


Online Platform: Oxford is a member of HighWire Press, the Stanford University Libraries' online platform that is the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content in the world, with 1274 journals and 6,074,025 full text articles.Oxford and HighWire's approach to online publishing of scholarly journals is not simply to mount electronic images of printed pages; rather, by adding links among authors, articles and citations, advanced searching capabilities, high-resolution images and multimedia, and interactivity, the electronic versions provide added dimensions to the information provided in the printed journals.


We are enthusiastic about the move to Oxford University Press, for we believe that our members will benefit in numerous ways from the transition. See below for more information.

Additional Info: New Developments for Our Journal
ASEH Membership/Subscription to Journal
Beginning in January 2010, individuals can join ASEH and renew their ASEH memberships on Oxford University Press's subscription website, which can be reached by going to and clicking on "membership." ASEH members will receive 2010 renewal notices from Oxford Journals early in the year, and may contact Customer Service at 1.800.852.7323 (toll-free in USA/Canada) with any questions. Oxford will move journal subscriptions to a calendar year (January through December). For individual ASEH members who have already joined or renewed during 2009, Oxford will pro-rate their memberships for 2010. Details will be provided in the renewal notices. This will simplify the renewal process, make it easier to remember when our membership is active, and align ASEH membership with the volume year of the journal. Because the Forest History Society has opted not to take advantage of this aspect of our new relationship with Oxford University Press, members who decide to continue as joint members of both societies will continue to receive renewal material from the Forest History Society and will not be able to renew via the Oxford Journals website.
See below for info. on three editorial positions now open.
Applicants Sought for Editor of  Environmental History

Deadline: February 10, 2010
The American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society are seeking a new editor for the journal, Environmental History. The successful candidate will be expected to take on duties as Editor-elect by January 2011.  As editor-elect, he or she will be responsible for evaluating new manuscript submissions, recruiting authors, and representing the journal at conferences. The editor-elect will assume the rest of the editor's responsibilities no later than for the January 2012 issue.  Duties will include all activities associated with the editorial content of the journal--soliciting and commissioning articles as appropriate, screening submissions, and determining the contents of each issue.  The editor will work with the Graphics Editor, Book Review Editor, Web Editor, and Press to ensure timely publication.
Candidates should have a wide knowledge of and interest in the areas the journal covers and experience with academic editing.  A successful applicant will need to demonstrate that he or she has the time and the institutional support to assume major responsibilities on January 1, 2011.
For more information, contact Chair of the Search Committee, Kathleen Brosnan, Dept. of History, University of Houston;; 713.743.3120.
Applicants Sought for Web Editor of  Environmental History
Environmental History is looking for a new web editor to oversee the new website for the journal, which will be launched in early 2010. This volunteer position will include updating the journal website, monitoring blogs, and other activities. If you are interested, please contact Marc Cioc, editor of the journal, at

Applicants Sought for Book Review Editor of Environmental History
Environmental History
 is looking for a new book review editor to take over the reviews in late 2010.  This volunteer position requires an interest in the current literature and a willingness to peruse new books, send books to appropriate reviewers, and edit incoming reviews.  Those interested should contact the editor of the journal, Mark Cioc, at to inquire about the position. Feel free to contact the current book review editor, Melissa Wiedenfeld  at, for specific information on the logistics of the position.
Note: ASEH is very grateful for Melissa Wiedenfeld's excellent service as book review editor for the last four years. Thank you, Melissa!

Call for Nominations for ASEH's Distinguished Service Award
ASEH's Executive Committee is considering nominations for our Distinguished Service Award. Previous recipients of this award have included Donald Hughes, Susan Flader, Hal Rothman, and Marty Melosi. Recipients of the award must be members of ASEH who have contributed to the growth and development of the organization and to the field of environmental history. Current members of ASEH's Executive Committee are not eligible for consideration as candidates this year. If you are interested, please send your suggestions to by January 18, 2010.

Call for Proposals to Host ASEH Conference
ASEH's Site Selection Committee is now soliciting proposals from individuals or groups who are interested in hosting the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in 2013. Those interested should contact the chair of the Site Selection Committee, Sarah S. Elkind
Department of History, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6050  for a copy of the ASEH's Conference Guidelines and other information.  The Deadline for submission of proposals for the 2013 meeting is January 31, 2010.  Please keep in mind that hosting a conference requires substantial effort and time as well as significant institutional support, and that the proposed local arrangement chair must reside in the city proposed.
Call for Proposals to Host Next World Congress of Environmental History
The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) will hold its next world congress during the summer of 2014, and our Site Selection Committee is now soliciting proposals to host the conference. We especially encourage proposals outside North America and Europe - and we are interested in proposals from individuals or organizations affiliated with universities or scholarly societies. While the support of local convention and visitors bureaus will become important once the site is proposed and under consideration, the proposal should not come directly from the convention and visitors bureau or events services. If you are interested, please contact to obtain a copy of the conference guidelines. The deadline for submission of proposals for the 2014 meeting is December 31, 2010, and the site will be selected by June 2011.  Please keep in mind that hosting a conference requires substantial effort and time as well as significant institutional support and fundraising.
ICEHO Site Selection Committee: Lisa Mighetto, chair, Mauro Agnoletti, and Verena Winiwarter
Call for Presentations for ASEH's Conference in Phoenix, April 12-16, 2011
The theme of our conference in Phoenix will be "History and Sustainability: Stories of Progress, Hubris, Decline, and Resilience."  Click here for the Call for Presentations. Proposals are due June 30, 2010. Our conference in Portland would be a good place for ASEH members to organize session proposals for next year's meeting in Arizona.
Non-ASEH Announcements
Course Offered at Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center 
The Smithsonian's Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability and the George Mason Center for Conservation Studies are co-sponsoring a graduate and professional course: "Species Monitoring and Conservation: AMPHIBIANS." Location: Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia. Date: May 16-28, 2010. Contact for additional information.
Graduate Research Assistantship Available, Colorado State University
A graduate research assistantship is available to compare meadows in the Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia with those in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S.  Meadows are critical ecosystems for supporting biodiversity, hydrologic processes, and producing forage for native and domestic animals.  The research will inform our collective understanding of how meadows in parks (Rocky Mountain National Park, and Tatra National Parks in Poland and Slovakia) may respond to climate change.  Park meadow management policies will be summarized, and a comparative analysis of anticipated climate change consequences (working hypotheses) will be provided. 
The student will be enrolled in either the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology or Department of History at Colorado State University.  Applicants must possess a Bachelors or Masters degree in a suitable field (hydrology, wetland ecology, plant ecology, soils, environmental history), be physically capable of working in high elevation sites and performing demanding work.  Student will be provided with a monthly stipend. Tuition and field expenses are provided.  Send letter of interest, CV, and list of references to Dr. David J. Cooper at: and Dr. Mark Fiege at:
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will collect data across the United States on the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.  NEON will be the first observatory of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales over multiple decades.  The data NEON collects will be freely and openly available to all users.  NEON is a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), with many other U.S. agencies and NGOs cooperating. 

The NEON information infrastructure presents an opportunity for environmental historians. Recently, an NSF workshop on the role of the human dimensions in NEON (chairs:  D. Foster-Harvard University, B. Turner-Clark University, M. Grove-USDA Forest Service) highlighted the importance of credible models of land-use change mechanisms for producing such forecasts. The workshop participants pointed out the role of social science experts who can collect, interpret, and model these types of data to inform concepts and theory in the social sciences. Once operational, the NEON cyberinfrastructure will provide information on land-use and land management drivers, as well as information on land-use not accessible through remote sensing (e.g. fertilizer inputs, cultivation intensity, forest rotation length). 

NEON, Inc. is an independent 501c(3) corporation created to manage large-scale ecological observing systems and experiments on behalf of the scientific community.  NEON, Inc. has been tasked with planning and managing the NEON project.  For more information, please visit
Jack Ohman, political cartoonist for The Oregonian, will serve as the speaker for the Saturday evening banquet in Portland on March 13, 2010. The event will include a performance by the Portland State University jazz ensemble.
Member News
Peder Anker has accepted an appointment as Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Environmental Studies Program at New York University. His new book, From Bauhaus to Eco-House:
A History of Ecological Design
, is forthcoming December 2009.
Thank You Message to ASEH Donors

We are very grateful for the generosity of ASEH members, and wish to thank the following individuals, who donated to the organization in 2009:

Steven Anderson
Peder Anker
Kathleen Brosnan
Sandra Chaney
Connie Chiang and Matthew Klingle
Sarla Chittick
Julie Cohn
Kurk Dorsey
Zachary Falch
Mark Fiege
Susan Flader
Hugh S. Gorman
Kristine Harper and Ronald Doel
John Husmann
Marcel Lafollette
Amahia Mallea
Laurel Sefton MacDowell 
Martin Melosi
Betsy Mendelsohn
Carolyn Merchant
Lisa Mighetto
Pat Munday
Donna Rilling
Harriet Ritvo
Adam Rome
Edmund Russell
Paul Sabin
Jeanie Sherwood
James Snyder
Jeffrey Stine
Petra Van Dam
Lissa Wadewitz
Terry Young 
Thank You from ASEH
If you would like to contribute to ASEH, you can make a donation online by clicking here.
Film Review: "River of Renewal"
By Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia

The Klamath River flows from Oregon's arid interior through rugged mountains to the Pacific near Crescent City, California. It is not the West's largest river, nor is its watershed populous or even generally understood as a single place. That last piece perhaps best explains conflicts over the Klamath's water, its fish, and its meaning, particularly over the last four decades. Carlos Bolado's film follows Jack Kohler, a Yurok-Karuk actor, as he explores a terrain "united by water, divided by people." Using interviews, historic photos, and archival footage, Kohler's travels show us communities living with the consequences of a massive irrigation scheme and several hydroelectric dams. (The film parallels writer/producer Stephen Most's book of the same name, reviewed in EH 13:1.)

Kohler's journey begins at Yurok encampments at the Klamath's mouth, where we hear about the criminalization of the Indigenous fishery, protests which led to the Supreme Court, and recent conservationist efforts to curtail fishing. He then visits the Hoopa Reservation where weirs are being built for the first time in generations, and to sacred waterfalls to hear about Pikiawish (the "fixing the world" ceremony), central to Indigenous peoples of the river and a form of humble stewardship. Then the headwaters, where conflicts over water and fish mirror the broader irrigated West: an ESA listing, anti-government protests, poorly veiled racism, and even a militia. (It is impossible to watch this footage and not think of recent "tea party" protests.) Two final encounters involve one with commercial fishermen hit by low flows ("they heated up the water, and they killed those fish") and the rather surreal descent of tribal members upon the shareholders' meeting of Warren Buffet's Berkshire-Hathaway, owner of the Klamath dams.
While the filmmakers' bias towards Native communities is clear (and in this scholar's eyes, justified), their documentary shows the diversity of livelihoods, worldviews, and political practices on the Klamath. Indeed, it is that diversity that is so daunting: while the film ends with talk of new alliances and an agreement to breach the dams, it is hard to ignore what we've just seen: racism, bureaucratic ineptitude, and the inability to imagine shared interests. This will be an excellent contribution to courses in Native American and environmental history, but will also make a powerful case study in American politics: what is this thing called "democracy" and why doesn't it work better: for us, for "them," and for the living earth?
"River of Renewal" recently was awarded the best documentary at the American Indian Film Festival. Dir. Carlos Bolado, 54 minutes - USA
for more info.
The plenary session at ASEH's conference in Portland on March 11, 2010 will forcus on the Klamath River and will include Steve Most, writer/producer of this film. We will show "River of Renewal" at our conference in Portland on Friday evening, March 12, 2010, with commentary by Steve Most.
ASEH Fellowships and Portland Travel Grants Awarded for 2010
ASEH congratulates the follow 2010 recipients of our fellowships:
Samuel Hays Research Fellowship
Carl Zimring, Roosevelt University, for his study, "Clean and White: Creating Whiteness and Environmental Racism in the United States"
Hal Rothman Research Fellowship
Steven Moga, MIT, for research for his dissertation, "Bottoms, Hollows, and Flats: Making and Remaking the Lowlands, An Urban Environmental History"
ASEH congratulates the following recipients of Travel Grants to our 2010 Portland conference:
Tom Okie, E.V. and Nancy Melosi Travel Grant
David Vail, Morgan and Jeanie Sherwood Travel Grant
Jonathan Anzalone, Morgan and Jeanie Sherwood Travel Grant
Ruth Morgan, John D. Wirth Travel Grant
Katherine O'Flaherty, Ellen Swallow Richards Travel Grant
Colin Tyner, Donald Worster Travel Grant
Carolin Roeder, J. Donald Hughes Travel Grant
Mickie Hudson-Koster, Minority Travel Grant
Robert Denning, Travel Grant
Maya Peterson, Travel Grant
Brittany Bayless Fremion, Travel Grant
John Holt, Travel Grant
Daniel Mcfarlane, Travel Grant
ASEH thanks the fellowship evaluation committees and Portland program committee for their review of applications and selection of recipients. Click here for committee lists. If you are interested in serving on an evaluation committee, please contact
Attention Graduate Students
New Graduate Student Liaison Selected
Sarah Hamilton, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, will serve as the student liaison to ASEH's executive committee in 2010. If you have ideas about how ASEH can improve service to graduate students, please contact Sarah at
ASEH is very grateful to Merritt McKinney and Bradley Skopyk, who served as the graduate student liaisons in 2008 and 2009.
Graduate Student Reception in Portland
ASEH and the National Council on Public History will hold a joint reception for graduate students during our Portland conference, on Thursday evening, March 11, 2010, Alexander's Room on 23rd floor of the Hilton Hotel. Admission is free. This is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and to make new friends. There will be a free book raffle, and Sarah Hamilton, the 2010 graduate student liaison, will be there to discuss your ideas on how ASEH can improve service to graduate students.
Visit ASEH on Facebook for the latest announcements on our Portland conference and other topics.
ASEH News is a publication of the American Society for Environmental History.


  • Harriet Ritvo, MIT, President
  • John McNeill, Georgetown University, Vice President/President Elect
  • Mark Madison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Treasurer
  • Ellen Stroud, Bryn Mawr College, Secretary

Executive Committee:

  • Marcus Hall, University of Utah
  • Paul Hirt, Arizona State University
  • Nancy Jacobs, Brown University
  • Tina Loo, University of British Columbia
  • Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Linda Nash, University of Washington 
  • Mark Stoll, Texas Tech University

Ex Officio, Past Presidents:

  • Nancy Langston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University
  • Douglas Weiner, University of Arizona 

Ex Officio, Executive Director and Editor, ASEH News:

  • Lisa Mighetto, University of Washington-Tacoma 

Ex Officio, H-Environment Representative:

  • Thomas Wellock, Central Washington University 

Ex Officio, Editor, Environmental History:

  • Mark Cioc, University of California-Santa Cruz




Update on Annual Conference
in Portland, Oregon - March 10-14, 2010

For the conference registration form, click here.

For the conference program, click here.
For hotel registration, click here.
For info. on the field trips and special events, click here.
For info. on the workshop on the national parks, click here.
For info. on the oral history workshop, click here.
For info. about AV provisions at the conference, click here.
For info. on carbon credits, click here.
For info. on Portland, click here.

The workshop on environmental history and the national parks, held in Portland on March 12, 2010, will include a site visit to the historic Columbia River Highway, pictured here. The Washington State Progress Commission issued the postcard above, labeled "Columbia River - The Beautiful,"  in 1944 - to aid Americans in the armed services in planning their first after-war vacations. Our trip to the historic Columbia River Highway will include a stop at Multnomah Falls (below).
Field Trip #1 at our Portland conference will include a tour of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River (pictured below) and a stop at the Columbia River Gorge.

Attention Authors and Presses

Our conference in Portland will include a large exhibit area. Click here for an exhibit form. For authors and presses that would like to display books but do not plan to reserve a table, Scholar's Choice is an option.


ASEH Fun Run Fundraiser in Portland, Oregon

ASEH is grateful to Jamie Lewis of the Forest History Society for organizing the first annual "Run for the Hal of It" Fun(d) Run at the Portland meeting. This 5K walk/run event is to help raise money for the Hal Rothman Research Fellowship and will take place on March 13, 2010. Entry fees are tax-deductible donations to the fund. You can learn more about the event on the ASEH website by clicking here. T-shirts and other cool gear will be available for purchase online only after January 1 at: with all proceeds going to the fund. Look for an announcement in the ASEH conference program, too. For more information, contact Jamie at 


EH Course Outlines Now Available

New on ASEH's website: We have posted syllabi from the environmental history courses of Bill Cronon, Marcus Hall, Paul Hirt, Sean Kheraj, Nancy Langston, Steve Pyne,  Harriet Ritvo, and Mark Stoll. Click here to view the course outlines. If you would like to share your EH course outline, please send a Word or pdf file, and, if applicable a link, to


Earth Day - Where Were You in 1970?

Where you involved in the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970)? As the 40th anniversary is approaching, ASEH, in partnership with the journal Environmental Justice, is interviewing community activists who participated in the first Earth Day. If you were involved in organizing events and are interested in being interviewed by Sylvia Hood Washington, editor of Environmental Justice, please contact


Historic Images of Oregon and Columbia River Region





Mt. Hood, pictured above, is often visible from Portland. 
Crater Lake, pictured above, became a national park in 1902.

The Dalles Dam inundated Celilo Falls, an important tribal fishing area on the Columbia River (pictured above), in 1957.
Images courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Alfred Runte, and Lisa Mighetto

ASEH Conference Schedule

Portland, Oregon, March 10-14, 2010 - Host: Portland State University 
Phoenix, Arizona, April 12-16, 2011 - Host: Arizona State University
Madison, Wisconsin, March 28-31, 2012 - Host: University of Wisconsin


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