News and Events
Congratulations to newly minted History PhD Jack Reid who successfully defended his dissertation, "Thumb Prints: Hitchhiking and American Culture, 1928-1988." Leilah Danielson served as his dissertation chair with Eric Meeks, Michael Amundson, and Gioia Woods from Comparative Cultural Studies serving on the committee.
Congratulations to NAU History PhD Kendra Moore who was recently hired as the Interpretation/Community Outreach/Education Ranger for Huecho Tanks State Historic State Park northeast of El Paso, Texas. The Park has prehistoric Jornada Mogollon and Mescalero Apache pictographs and is also a world famous rock climbing site. Dr. Moore completed her dissertation in Borderlands history with Dr. Eric Meeks in 2011 and has worked for the National Park Service in the past. In this new position, Dr. Moore will be working as the Park's liaison with local indigenous and outdoors groups.
Congratulations to newly minted PhD Benjamin Carver who successfully defended his dissertation, "Working for Wilderness: Relief Labor, National Parks, and the Rocky Mountains, 1929-1942." Michael Amundson served as his dissertation chair with Eric Meeks, Leilah Danielson, and Steven Rosendale from English serving on the committee.
Congratulations to PhD student Jack Reid whose article "The ‘Great Migration’ in Northern Arizona: Southern Blacks Move to Flagstaff, 1940-1960” published in the winter 2014 issue of The Journal of Arizona History has been selected to receive the Forest History Society's 2015 Theodore C. Blegen Award for best article in forest and conservation history during 2014. Theodore Blegen was a President of the Board of Directors for the Forest History Society and a strong proponent of scholarly work. Articles are submitted by editors of scholarly journals and a panel of judges selects the winner based on contribution to knowledge, strength of scholarship and clarity and grace of presentation. The award consists of a $500 cash prize and a plaque.
Congratulations to first year M.A. student Alexandra Morris who was elected in October 2015 to serve on the Western History Association Graduate Student Caucus. Alix will be serving as an officer on the Executive Committee for the 2015-2016 cycle, working for the benefit of graduate students studying Western History as well as creating content for the 2016 WHA Annual Conference.
Dr. Linda Sargent Wood
The Western History Association recently awarded Dr. Linda Sargent Wood its Award of Merit which recognizes members of the Association who have “distinguished themselves in teaching, or in research and publication, or through participation in organizations or activities which promote interest in Western History.” Dr. Sargent Wood has served as the Project Director for the History Department's Northern Arizona History Academy and its Teaching American History Grant (NAHA TAH) which partnered with the WHA to promote the teaching and learning of history and historical thinking. Between 2010-2014, 30 teachers from northern Arizona took graduate classes in Teaching and Learning History and 273 area teachers participated in workshops, institutes, and conferences. Congratulations Linda!
Louie's Legacy: The North Quad QR Code Project
The Public History class unveiled its semester-long project Louie's Legacy on Monday, May 5, at 4pm on the steps of Old Main to a crowd of about thirty-five onlookers. This project utilizes QR codes placed on more than twenty buildings and objects in the North Campus historic district near Old Main. Users with a smart phone or tablet can download a free QR code scanner and then instantly access digital histories of each building, historic photographs, digitized oral histories, and films about NAU's past. Thanks to Master's students Kevin Bertram, Skyler Coombs, Gerald Lamb, Amelia Swann, and Christian Wright for their hard work. Thanks especially to Digital Archivist Todd Welch who worked tirelessly with the class until everything was perfect.
Congratulations to newly minted PhD. Rich Updegrove who successfully defended his dissertation "Refusing to be the Other: Barbara Deming's Experiments with Nonviolence." Leilah Danielson chaired the dissertation committee that also included Sanjam Ahluwalia, Heather Martel, and Linda Sargent Wood.
Doctoral student Ben Carver learned recently that the "1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site" became a National Historic Landmark. Ben did an internship with the National Park Service in 2008 examining the site for such a designation. This work became the basis for his 2010 M.A. thesis "Seeing Disaster in Grand Canyon: Rethinking the 1956 Grand Canyon Mid-Air Collision."
Public History Internships
The first public history class has secured some great internships. Gerald Lamb is archiving the family and business records of Flagstaff businessman Maury Herman while Amelia Swann is conducting tours at Riordan Mansion State Park and Skyler Coombs has just begun a museum internship at Lowell Observatory. Kevin Bertram and Christian Wright are both going to be interning with the National Park Service this summer; Kevin will be working with the NPS at Grand Canyon National Park while Christian will be living and working at Arches National Park just north of Moab, Utah. Congratulations everyone. We look forward to hearing about your work!
Jamie Canny successfully defended her Master's thesis ""Pink Jeeps and Red Rocks: A Study of Recreational Tourism in Sedona, Arizona." Michael Amundson chaired the thesis committee that also included Eric Meeks and Leilah Danielson.
MacKenzie Uliasz successfully defended her Master's thesis "Vigilantism: Violence and Order in Cochise County, Arizona, 1881 to 1889." Eric Meeks chaired the thesis committee that also included Ryan Kashanipour and Michael Amundson.