Two K-State Environmental historians are looking for a third and possibly fourth person to form a panel focusing on nineteenth century Kansas Environmental history. I and my colleague are looking at two different aspects of Kansas history and this panel is open to all ideas. I am looking at trees and their use historically as a means to reclaim the prairie climate erroneously and the encouragement of trees from all levels of society. My topic covers the Rain Follows the Plow theory, Timber Culture Act, tree plantations, and the non-native trees that were brought into Kansas and the climate theories used to encourage the plantings. My colleague is focusing on the transportation revolution in and around Fort Scott and the environmental outcomes of the development.
If you are working on a similar topic and would like to join our panel please contact me as soon as possible. The submission deadline is coming up fast, all submission must be in by July 8th 2011. If you are interested please send me an email or call me at the cell number provided above. (please note I work two jobs during the summer and I can check my email much faster than answering the phone at times)
Please prepare an abstract of 250 words or less for us to preview your topic, make a selection and for the use in the final submission process.
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