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Making the Idaho Landscape of 1863
MRIC 2012/13

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"Making the Idaho Landscape of 1863"

Adam Sowards
Associate Professor of History

Tuesday, March 26

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons

This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Idaho becoming a territory. The year 1863, then, marks the beginning of many historical developments in our state. Yet the territory—the landscape itself—was not new in 1863. Indeed, environment and culture, people and the land, had intermingled since time immemorial to create this place many of us now call home. This talk explores some of the main factors that shaped the landscape of Idaho leading up to its territorial period and suggests what meaning past Idahoans made of nature and what that might mean for us today.

Biography: Adam M. Sowards is an environmental historian who focuses on North America, especially the West.  A prize-winning historian, he has primarily published on the American conservation movement and forest history. Besides writing a textbook on North American environmental history, Sowards is currently interested in how environment and culture affect scientific inquiry. Sowards has been at the University of Idaho since 2003 and has been active in interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service.

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