Behind the Scenes of History

It is National Finals Rodeo time!  Behind the event is a great deal of planning, organizing, effort from sponsors, stock contractors, and many more.  It brings to mind the importance of history made behind the scenes.  Most history we rememberand study is the major event itself.  But you must look at the factors behind the … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of History

Back to work!

After a long hiatus to complete my Ph.D., I am back to work on the blog.  I will be redesigning a bit and working to develop new pages. Change is in the wind for rodeo. I hope you will check back in to see how these transformations are actually a return to early rodeo history.  … Continue reading Back to work!

The Calgary Stampede – a Tradition of Prestige

At the end of this year's rodeo season, and as the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) approaches, pondering how we came to have a National Finals, or even how some of the biggest professional rodeos became prestigious led me to reflect on my trip to Calgary this summer. When you ask young cowboys and cowgirls just … Continue reading The Calgary Stampede – a Tradition of Prestige

June Cleaver and Miss Kitty Walk into a Bar

Have you ever wondered what would happen if June Cleaver walked into the Long Branch Saloon?  Miss Kitty might eye her up and down to see if Cleaver is trouble, or she might say, “What’ll ya have?” to which Cleaver would probably say, “Tea, dear.” You are likely wondering what these two have in common. … Continue reading June Cleaver and Miss Kitty Walk into a Bar

Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls

Singing cowboys made their entrance onto the silver screen in the 1930s and remained popular through the early 1950s. Perhaps the two most well-known are Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. https://youtu.be/IQIagUuGn5Q Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) The singing cowboy actually began … Continue reading Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls

Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

Magers, Boyd and Michael G. Fitzgerald, Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1999. Many people fondly recall having seen their favorite Western as a kid, perhaps at a local theater for the matinee. In addition, when asking … Continue reading Leading Ladies Necessary for Oaters’ Success

A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

Recently I traveled to present my research and I decided to make use of the travel delays to reflect on the questions discussed in the digital history class I'm taking, specifically those that pertain to how digital history fits into the profession today.  The uncertainty of how digital history is changing academic practices extends beyond the classroom … Continue reading A Tale of Two Conferences, and Mythbusting

How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Last week a colleague asked me about the Digital History class I am taking; he said, "Isn't digital history really just data management?" At first his comment made sense; an important part of digital history is selection and presentation of resources.  But the "history" criterion requires some element of interpretation.  This led me to search … Continue reading How an NEH Sponsored Digital Project Changed the Way America Mourns and Memorializes Tragedy

Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age

It must be a blue moon - rarely does perfect timing occur in my busy life, but today was one of those rare occasions.  Grappling with how my work will fit into Digital History and given my own concerns about publishing in non-traditional formats, while reading Writing History in the Digital Age by Jack Dougherty & … Continue reading Link to Rural Women’s Studies and Writing in the Digital Age

Book Review and Application

Dougherty, Jack and Kristen Nawrotzki, eds., Writing History in the Digital Age.  Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Two concerns often heard about Digital History involve credibility and protection against plagiarism. The first issue is currently being addressed through a peer review system for some online journals, and may expand as more universities … Continue reading Book Review and Application