All posts by Daniel Grant

Six Quick Lessons in How to Read a Landscape

How do you teach someone to re-see a place they know well? Try these tips on introducing students to the practice of treating landscapes as historical documents.

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Snapshots of the Mississippi

Members of the Edge Effects editorial board share a selection of photos from CHE’s recent Place-Based Workshop on the Mississippi River.


From Jack-O’-Lantern to Pumpkin Pie: The Surprising History of a Favorite Fall Icon

Historian Cindy Ott explains the unique political, economic, and symbolic roles the pumpkin has played in American culture.

A dry Folsom Lake, California, 2014. Photo by flickr user Robert Cause-Baker (CC-BY-2.0).

Tapping the Past for California’s Water Future

California’s current drought offers an occasion for rethinking how our relationship to the past can help us confront crisis.

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Reflections on Extraction 1: Mining the Invisible

Reflecting on “Landscapes of Extraction,” CHE members explore the challenges of remembering and preserving the buried histories of mining landscapes.