LGBTQ+ History and Monuments: Historical Perspectives on the Pulse Nightclub and the Matthew Shepard Murder

In light of the recent gun violence that took place at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on May 8, 2019, the PLHC would like to offer anyone affected by those events a content warning on the blog post below, which details instances of gun violence against youth and young adults, specifically LGBTQ+ individuals. […]

Scotts Bluff National Monument: Layered Rocks, Layered Pasts

Adrift at Scotts Bluff National Monument Alone on the mixed grass prairies of western Nebraska at Scotts Bluff National Monument, a wanderer might almost think themselves adrift on a rustling sea. The wind ripples and hisses. Sunlight glints white off millions of leaves and stalks. On the bewildering expanse distances warp and stretch. Gazing to […]

Shenandoah National Park: Segregation in the American South’s Public Lands

Who Gets a Getaway? The year was 1940. As World War II raged in Europe, and Americans seeking leisure and adventure turned to exploring their National and State Parks rather than vacationing abroad.[1] In the east, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks were open. Instead of trekking to the National Parks of the west, […]

Overuse in National Parks: Fewer Visitors or More Parks?

Since its founding in the 1916 Organic Act, the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) has been  to preserve, unimpaired, America’s natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.[1] Today, national parks draw millions of visitors each year, and are in danger of being loved to death. […]

Dinosaur National Monument and the Ironies of Resource Extraction

In 2017 and 2018, headlines reading, “Protect our Public Lands,” have become a common sight. The Trump Administration’s goal to increase domestic energy production in America has resulted in renewed pressures to extract natural resources on public lands. The case of Dinosaur National Monument in particular illustrates the need to keep fighting the same battles […]

Bears Ears and History

Introduction In southern Utah, two bear’s ears poke out from the face of the earth. Shash Jáa,[1] as the Navajos call the buttes, graces the horizon from all directions.  Beneath their splendor lie cliff dwellings, rock art, and ceremonial sites, the material vestiges of many stories.[2] It is, as the five-tribe Bears Ears Inter-tribal Council […]