On Being a Historian

Family Friday: Reconciling Our National Family History

Shabbat Shalom! This week NASCAR banned the Confederate Flag from all of their events and properties. After their unsuccessful attempt to implement a ban after the Charleston Church shooting in 2015, I still find myself hopeful for their success. Meanwhile, Mississippi is deciding whether to finally remove the emblem from their state flag. As we …

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Speaking to a Socially Distanced Crowd

Yesterday, I spoke to the wonderful women of the Fort Caspar Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I think it went well! My presentation title “Fifty-One Years of Freedom: Wyoming’s Suffrage Story, 1869-1920” reflects how I can’t help but write an academic title. “Creative Title: Descriptional Title, Date” is just a formula that …

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Manhandled By History: The 1907-1908 University Scandal

“My dear Doctor” “Dear Miss Hebard” “My dear Dr. Grace” “My dear Dr. Hebard” “My dear Prof. Hebard” “Dear Lady” “Dear Most Wonderful” In the fall of 1905, Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and Dr. Agnes Mathilde Wergeland began building a home together. When the house finished that next summer, they hoisted an American flag from …

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Enebo: The Hermitage and The Hermits

Continuing with the spirit of National Poetry Month, I am sharing my explorations so far on Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard’s most beloved companion, Dr. Agnes Mathilde Wergeland.   In 1890, at the age of 33, Agnes Mathilde Wergeland became the first Norwegian woman to earn her doctorate. Having left Norway to accomplish the feat by …

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Rabbit Holes and Reputation

While writing my master’s thesis, I spent a little over a week learning about calendars. You see, in his autobiography, Levi Sheftall double-dated the year of his birth 1739/40, despite the fact that he maintained his father’s records of Savannah’s Jewry which clearly put Levi’s birth in 1739. With the appearance of several other double-dates …

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Canceling Class and the Art of Social Distancing

On Friday afternoon I received official word that my class, “Grace Raymond Hebard and the Pursuit of Wyoming,” must be canceled after only one meeting due to COVID-19. As each day after our first class meeting brought more news of the coronavirus spread, my concern for my students mounted. I felt nervous that I could …

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Book Review: Inventing History in the American West

I first met Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard at a tea party. Not one that either of us actually attended, mind you. In fact, it is highly questionable the event ever took place, yet, it was this tea party that earned her my ire. The tea party in question would have taken place about 145 years …

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