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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

Strong Praise in a Review for “A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America’s Dreams” By E. Michael Rosser and Diane M. Sanders

October 31, 2018

A review written by Michael J. Hightower, independent historian and blogger, for the Western Historical Quarterly on Michael Rosser and Diane M. Sanders book, A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America’s Dreams offers positive feedback. The review concludes that, “Industry professionals and students alike will find this book to be a useful guide to the myriad ways […]

Researcher Tim Johansen on Working with the Public Lands History Center

September 5, 2018

The following is written by Tim Johansen, written in reflection of his time spent working with the PLHC and on his work with the Shenandoah National Park Project: After completing my Masters in American History at Colorado State University, I was fortunate enough to become part of this project for the PLHC and Shenandoah NP. […]

Thank the Bankers? Michael Rosser, Co-Author of “A History of Mortgage Banking in the West” Interviewed on Devil’s Advocate TV Show

August 27, 2018

Mike Rosser (CSU class of 1964) and Diane Sanders (CSU class of 2014) are co-authors of the recent book A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America’s Dreams (University Press of Colorado 2017).  The book began as a PLHC research project.  In this TV clip, Mike explains why unheralded bankers should be remembered as key […]

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