American West and History

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Preserving Western History

Edited by Andrew Gulliford

Preserving Western History is the first college reader to address public history in the American West. Andrew Gulliford's collection of essays explains the research and work that public historians do and the complicated issues of historic site preservation and interpretation.
The contributors' writings document the application of public history to specific Western themes, places, and personalities. Subjects range from the Little Big Horn Battlefield to Route 66 and from historic brothel buildings at the Mustang Ranch in Nevada to Nikkei removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Other chapters interpret the Ludlow Massacre Site, define Hispanic identity and lifeways in New Mexico, discuss wild land firefighter memorials and explain the Wilderness Act as a case study in western public history. Other studies focus on Sand Creek, Colorado and Western Mining Landscapes.
Each section begins with an introductory essay that surveys the literature and relevant publications, and each chapter includes endnotes and study questions. The appendix lists academic centers in the West.

Contributors to Preserving Western History include:

Ben Nighthorse Campbell, former Congressman and U.S. Senator from Colorado and member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
James E. Fell, Jr., adjunct associate professor of history, University of Colorado, Denver
Art Gómez, supervisory historian in the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, Santa Fe
Jon Hunner, director of the public history program at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Jan MacKell, archivist at the Cripple Creek District Museum in Cripple Creek, Colorado
Sally Mcbeth, professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Thomas J. Noel, professor of history and director of public history at the University of Colorado, Denver
Douglas D. Scott, Great Plains Team Leader with the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center and is adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
William Wroth, former Curator of the Taylor Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center


Andrew Gulliford is professor of southwest studies and history at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.


"This book is a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of the American West, and the efforts to preserve what is left of it."


New Mexico Historical Notebook

"Perusing Preserving Western History, with its conscientious sense of academic rigor and western distinctiveness, was a pleasure."


Journal of the West

"This book is a must for any enthusiast of the American West."


USA Today Magazine

8.5 x 11 in. 424 pages 163 halftones, 4 maps