Peeling Back The Bark

  • Pancakes and Pastimes

    By Eben Lehman on February 26, 2009

    The four new photo galleries added to our website today provide a unique look into various aspects of the lives of loggers outside of the forest work environment.  These new online galleries, containing nearly 150 historic photos, feature subjects such as Logging Camp Food, Logging Communities, Family Life, and Logger Rodeos. The Logging Camp Food…

  • February 22, 1897: Cleveland Celebrates Washington by Foreshadowing Roosevelt

    By James Lewis on February 22, 2009

    On this day in 1897, President Grover Cleveland signed an executive order creating the Washington Birthday Reserves.  He proclaimed 13 new or expanded forest reserves in the western United States, totaling some 21 million acres; it brought the total acreage in the forest reserve system (the predecessor to the National Forest System) to just under…

  • Lights! Camera! YouTube!

    By Eben Lehman on February 18, 2009

    As part of our ongoing efforts in using new technologies to provide online access to materials in our library and archives, the Forest History Society is pleased to announce the launch of its own YouTube Channel. YouTube, the leading online video community, allows organizations to  reach a huge audience of users through the creation of…

  • Historian Stephen J. Pyne on the Australian Fires

    By Guest Contributor on February 10, 2009

    We’ve asked Stephen Pyne, an environmental historian who has written about fire around the world, to offer his thoughts on the bushfires in Australia. As of this publication date, an area roughly the size of Rhode Island had burned and the death toll neared 200. Black Saturday: The Sequel The fires are a horror, even…

  • Forests in Fiction: Tom Gill Lived What He Wrote

    By Amanda Ross on February 6, 2009

    Through one degree of separation, we can connect professional foresters with Hollywood glamour!  FHS holds the archival records and popular novels of the nexus: Tom Gill, a leader in international and American forestry and prolific author. Thomas Harvey Gill (1891-1972) served as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service (1915-1925), the Charles Lathrop Pack Forestry…

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