About this collection

“Places & Events” is a collection of digital “historical markers” of environmentally significant places and events. Designed to be browsed on the Environment & Society Portal’s map or timeline, these brief summaries were written by doctoral candidates at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich. Places & Events represented the Portal’s first content when it launched in 2012.

As a pilot project from 2014-2015, we invited three RCC alumni fellows (at LMU Munich, Bucknell University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison) to use Places & Events as a project in their environmental history courses. These instructors guided students (and reviewed their work) in the research and production of these born-digital micro-histories. In his essay for Ant Spider Bee, Bucknell Professor Andrew Stuhl reflects on the project:

As a piece of writing that does not exceed 200 words, it is no substitute for the nuance and depth of the historical essay or the historiographical review. And because the items are published digitally, they have requirements that at first seemed idiosyncratic to students in a history class—like copyright licenses and metadata, for instance. Like other historians teaching digitally have demonstrated, however, these constraints can be opportunities. The entries forced students to be concise, to write for a public audience, and to curate (and not just collect) examples. Surely other assignments meet these learning outcomes. Perhaps none are as engaging for non-History majors tasked with learning about global environmental history.

- Andrew Stuhl

At the end of the pilot project, Places & Events boasted more than 350 thoughtfully composed digital markers with texts, images, and links. Although the Portal now concentrates on peer-reviewed born-digital publications, Places & Events remains an inviting gateway to environmental history for students, instructors, and armchair travelers.

To browse Places & Events, click on either the map or timeline icons below, or explore the list by theme.

Showing 61–75 of 366 results
Title Datesort descending
Rabbits and Possums in New Zealand 1838
Electric Vehicles 1839
Nationalization of guano in Peru 1842
Extinction of the Great Auk 1844
The Irish Potato Famine 1845
California Gold Rush 24/1/1848
The Hudson River School Emerges 1850
Expansion of African ivory trade 1850
"Black Thursday" Bushfires 2/6/1851
US Public Land Surveys 1851
Haridwar Dam and Upper Ganges Canal 1854
Thoreau's Walden 1854
First Passenger Railway in Australia 9/12/1854
Foundation of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company 1855
Central Park in New York City 1858