Advance Access articles are papers that have been copyedited and typeset but not yet paginated for inclusion in an issue of Environmental History. Advance Access enables readers to access papers online soon after they have been accepted for publication and well ahead of their appearance in the printed journal, thus greatly reducing publication times.
In the Gallery essay for this special issue of Environmental History, Sara Dant examines a less well-known moment in the history of the Wilderness Act. While many environmental historians understand that on the morning of September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, they remain unaware, Dant reminds us, that during this same Rose Garden ceremony he also signed the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act, which insured accessibility to outdoor recreational resources and resulted in the construction of numerous urban parks and city playgrounds. To analyze the relationship between these twin pieces of environmental legislation, Dant creatively investigates the official White House photographs from the Rose Garden signing ceremony. After some sleuthing that would make Sherlock Holmes proud, she concludes that while the LWCF may have been an afterthought for those in the Rose Garden back in 1964, since then it has exerted a more powerful influence on the daily lives of American citizens than its more famous legislative counterpart.
—Neil M. Maher and Cindy Ott
Environmental History is happy to introduce Field Notes – a new web-only feature that will provide new insights into the practice of environmental history scholarship.
"Digitally altered images gave us a way of pushing participants to consider the role of changing landscapes, technologies and social conditions when comparing extreme winters."
Alexander Hall: “Using digital techniques to broaden participatory approaches in environmental history: the Snow Scenes Exhibition” (October 2014).
Environmental historian Jared Farmer (Stony Brook University) was recently awarded the 2014 Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Read his Gallery Essay "On Emblematic Megaflora” from Environmental History 15.3 here.
A recent issue of The Alpinist featured an article titled “The Sharp End: These Winter Palaces.” Here, Katie Ives explored how cold places have captured imaginations since the beginnings of modern alpinism, referring to (among others) Mark Carey’s article “The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species” in Environmental History 3, 2007. The full text of Carey’s article can be read for free here at environmentalhistory.net.
Environmental History and Boise State University’s Department of History seek applications for the position of Graduate Editorial Assistant for Fall 2014.
The successful applicant will work with the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental History. The Graduate Editorial Assistant must be admitted to and enroll in the History Master of Arts or Master of Applied Historical Research program at Boise State and will receive a full tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend for the 2014-2015 academic year, summer not included.
Editor in chief Lisa Brady contributed to a story on environmental history on the BBC 4 program, Making History.