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Learning from the past to preserve the future of public lands

Welcome to the Public Lands History Center!

Established in 2007, the award-winning Public Lands History Center (PLHC) integrates research, education, and outreach in the best tradition of a land-grant university. Projects with National Parks and other public land management agencies enlist faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to conduct historical research that directly informs current resource management challenges. Our American West Program seeks to expose audiences to significant research, dynamic speakers, narratives of change and contestation, and the excitement of interdisciplinary dialogue on human-environment issues in the West.  The PLHC gets students out of the classroom and into the field to get the experience and connections they need for fulfilling careers after graduation.

PPL 2018 Group Shot: Top row left to right:  Dillon Maxwell, Jared Orsi, Kurt Knierim, Ariel Schnee. Second row: Kylee Cole, Alexandria Kearney. Third row: Amy Hootman, Kimberly Selinske, Andrew Olson. Bottom row: Joe Sarr, Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert.
PPL 2018 Group Shot: Top row left to right: Dillon Maxwell, Jared Orsi, Kurt Knierim, Ariel Schnee. Second row: Kylee Cole, Alexandria Kearney. Third row: Amy Hootman, Kimberly Selinske, Andrew Olson. Bottom row: Joe Sarr, Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert.
Participants Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert, and Kylee Cole at PPL 2018 rephotographing the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Participants Carly Boerrigter, Daniel Gilbert, and Kylee Cole at PPL 2018 rephotographing the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Recent News

Apollo Mission Control Restoration

July 17, 2019

Former program manager for the PLHC Maren Bzdek recently discussed the Apollo Mission Control Restoration with Colorado State’s SOURCE (link) Maren Bzdek also discussed the project with the Colorado Springs Gazette back in July (link). She is currently the senior historic preservation planner for the city of Fort Collins. Below is a time-lapse of the restoration.

NEH awards CSU $350,000 grant for Colorado Encyclopedia

April 17, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $350,000 grant to the Colorado Encyclopedia! We can’t wait to continue our partnership with the encyclopedia and continue to provide Coloradoans with new stories about our beloved Centennial State. Read more about this on CSU’s SOURCE The NEH grant represents the next phase is a longstanding relationship between the PLHC […]

History Career Day

March 8, 2019

“What are you going to do with that?” is a question many parents and relatives ask potential history majors. In recent years, the assumption that a degree in history results in underemployment or low- paid work has led to a drastic decline in the number of bachelor degrees awarded in history. Another common assumption among […]

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