A Q&A style presentation + roundtable discussion series focused on Environmental History. Our Summer 2019 topic is wildlife and human relationships, specifically, human-animal interactions and the role these historic relationships have played in shaping our environments, cultures, and politics.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an area known for its dramatic landscape, abundant wildlife, and long human history – there is great interest here in the natural world and where people fit in. The JHHSM strives to offer an opportunity for visitors and residents to dive deeper into these topics and explore the historical context of our environment.
Each session will include; 1) a public presentation, followed by 2) a roundtable discussion for a cohort of community “students”. Each scholar will lead their roundtable discussion in partnership with local resident and Western Historian, Dr. Sherry Smith, University Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita), Southern Methodist University. Together, they will facilitate a conversation about the presenter’s research and present questions to the cohort. At the conclusion of the series, each student will be offered the opportunity to research a topic of their choice related to environmental history and the Rocky Mountain West region. They will then write a short article, which will be published in a special volume of the JHHSM’s quarterly publication “Chronicle.”
While the public presentation is free, we ask each “Meet the Scholar” participant to register for $10. Registration is limited. To register and checkout, click here. Please contact Frances Ritchie with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-733-2414
Dr. Timothy Lehman
Tim Lehman graduated from Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) in 1978 and received his master’s and doctorate in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1990, he moved to Rocky Mountain College where he has been teaching a wide variety of courses in American, western, and environmental history. He is the author of two books, Public Values, Private Lands: American Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933-1985 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995) and Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He has also published articles and numerous reviews in professional and popular journals. From 1996 to 1999 he served on the board of Humanities Montana. He is also a frequent speaker for public audiences in Billings and the region about various topics in western history. Dr. Lehman also enjoys hiking, camping, and driving the back roads of Big Sky country.
Dr. Thomas Andrews
Thomas G. Andrews (B.A. summa cum laude from Yale, MA and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison) specializes in the social and environmental history of the American West. His first book, Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War (Harvard University Press, 2008), won six awards, including the Bancroft Prize. His most recent book, Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies (Harvard University Press, 2015), is an environmental history of the Colorado headwaters region of Rocky Mountain National Park. He is now working on a book on human-animal relationships in U.S. history. He teaches a wide range of courses in environmental history, the history of the U.S. West, and other subjects, and is passionate about educating current and future history teachers. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award, and other honors.
Dr. Dan Flores
Dan Flores held the A. B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana from 1992 to 2014. His specialty is the environmental and cultural history of the American West. He is the author of nine books, most recently Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History (2016), Visions of the Big Sky (2010), Caprock Canyonlands (a 20th anniversary edition, 2010), and The Natural West (2002). His essays on the environment, art, and culture of the West also appear in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Orion, Southwest Art, The Big Sky Journal, and High Country News. His work has been honored by the Western History Association, the Western Writers of America, the Denver Public Library, the National Cowboy Museum, the Oklahoma Book Awards, the University of Oklahoma Press, the Montana Historical Society, the Texas State Historical Association, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Montana Book Awards.
Join us for our recently launched Living in the West speaker series. Inspired by Voices of the Valley, this series will feature speakers from across the Rocky Mountains to share regional research and stories about the “Last of the Old West” and our ever changing pioneer communities, like Jackson Hole.
Join us for our recently launched Beers & Banter speaker series. We gather together to share a brew and explore various topics of local history! Beer provided by local brewery, Roadhouse. Come drink, learn, enjoy!
For specific dates and details, please see our Calendar.
For more information or to schedule a program, please email the Education and Program Director, Frances Ritchie at email@example.com or call the museum at 307-733- 2414.