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SAH Chapter News October 2023

Below are the SAH regional chapter news updates received by the liaison during the month of October 2023.

LANDSCAPE HISTORY CHAPTERof the Society of Architectural Historians
October 2023Anne Spencer’s garden and writing studio, Lynchburg, Virginia,

Ooops- It came to my attention i was not listing officers correctly and updated- now corrected.
 Thank you to all of our leaders for serving…

Dear colleagues:
Late October and Fall is here. We are delighted to share that Andrea Roberts (UVa), Kate Howell (UMD), Meghan Gough (VCU) and I have been awarded an NEH Summer Institute for 2024– ” A  People’s History of Landscape”- to be hosted at VCU in Richmond Virginia. Stay tuned. 

Please send announcements, inquiries, and any other materials you want included in our newsletter to  wayt01@do   

Check out It would be helpful to expand our list of resources. If you are interested in helping us inventory resources, let me know. 

As always, I encourage you to share your publications with us. It would be great to have a list of books out in the past year or so- so let me know of your publications or the new books on your shelves. 

Best, Thaisa et al…
Director | Garden & Landscape Studies | Dumbarton Oaks | Trustees for Harvard University__________________________
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS__________________________

Plants and AnimalsInterdisciplinary ApproachesEditors: Susan McHughPatrícia VieiraPlants and Animals: Interdisciplinary Approaches aims to publish scholarly work that addresses common challenges across the fields of plant and animal studies from interdisciplinary perspectives. The series welcomes monographs and edited collections that focus and reflect upon interactions of plants, animals, and humans in innovative ways. At a time of large-scale anthropogenic species extinction, there is a pressing need to promote scholarship that can help us envision more equitable and harmonious forms of coexistence on the planet. The series therefore encourages submissions explicitly geared to build bridges not only between plant and animal studies, but also leading-edge research on other forms of life or ways of being, including fungi, lichens, algae and other microorganisms, as well as scholarship on fantasy creatures, cryptids, semi-living beings, and even non-living forms of existence. The goal is to abolish an artificially compartmentalized view of the world in order to add to the ways of knowing that are beginning to grow through the interconnections between these related fields of study. Grounded in the humanities, Plants and Animals welcomes trans-disciplinary perspectives that engage with scholarship in the social sciences and in the natural sciences.__________________________________CALL FOR PAPERS:
Online Journal Arcadia: Exploration in Environmental History
Annika Stanitzok (she/her) Arcadia (ISSN 2199-3408) is now inviting new submissions. Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication platform for short, illustrated, and engaging environmental histories. Embedded in a particular time and place, each story focuses on a site, event, person, organization, or species as it relates to nature and human society. By publishing digitally on the Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia promotes accessibility and visibility of original research in global environmental history and cognate disciplines. Each peer-reviewed article includes a profile of the researcher, links, and suggested readings.Contributors are free to choose their own environmentally themed topics, but for this volume we especially welcome submissions on historical events in Southeast Asia, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, and other areas currently underrepresented on this map.We also welcome proposals for interconnected contributions by individual authors or research groups. Let us know if you are interested in having your submission linked to an existing thematic Arcadia collection or if you would like to edit a new one. Existing Arcadia collections include: National Parks in Time and SpaceGlobal Environmental MovementsWater HistoriesThe Nature StateRights of Nature RecognitionDiseases and Pests in HistoryTerms of DisasterHistories across SpeciesTechnology and ExpertiseCoastal HistoryReligion and Place, and Notions and Nature.Contact Information: To submit, simply send a filled-out version of the sumission form, which you can find on our website here, together with your draft submission to Arcadia’s managing editor, Pauline Kargruber (—guidelines are included in the form. Your email should also include 2–5 images and/or multimedia (with permissions if necessary) and a profile photo. ___________________________________ ASEH CALL FOR PRIZE NOMINATIONSAll deadlines are November 20, 2023.PRIZESEach year, ASEH awards five prizes for outstanding scholarshipin the field of environmental history. Please read the instructions for submitting your work for consideration for each prize listed below.George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental historyAlice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental historyASEH-FHS Graduate Student Essay Prize

 Dumbarton Oaks “Democracy and Landscape” InitiativeDumbarton Oaks, a research institute of Harvard University located in Washington DC  announces a post-doctoral fellowship position in Democracy and Landscape. This is intended for an early career postdoctoral fellow in environmental history with a research focus on race, indigeneity, and/or settler colonialism as revealed in place and on land. 
Details regarding the position are available on our website:
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023. 

Open positions at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Home
Stewarded by the Mount Vernon Ladies

Full-time, one-year grant-funded position of Landscape Historian

Deadline: November 20, 2023

The ASEH currently offers four research fellowships: the Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship, the J. Donald Hughes Graduate Research Fellowship, the Equity Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Samuel P. Hays Fellowship.The Rothman, Hughes, and Equity Fellowships are reserved for graduate students; the Hays Fellowship is open to all non-student practicing historians.In addition, the ASEH co-sponsors the ASEH–Newberry Library Fellowship for scholars who will work with the Newberry’s extensive holdings in Chicago. 
For undergraduates, graduate students, and post graduates.. for more information:


Call for Applications for Editor-in Chief and Editorial Assistant of Architectural Histories

Architectural Histories, the international, blind peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is now seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant to start on 1 January 2025, each for a four-year term. The new appointees will start working with the current team from 1 September 2024 and gradually take over their duties.

The positions of Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Assistant are not remunerated and expenses are not covered. The Editor-in-Chief’s average workload is one day per week, and the Editorial Assistant’s is 4 to 8 hours per week; both are subject to fluctuation.

Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter (max. 2 pages) specifying the candidate’s motivation, skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to the Editorial Search Committee by 31 January 2024, by care of secretary@eahn.orgMore information;


2024 Practice Grant

The Practice Grant opens access and expands approaches to landscape design through its direct funding to individuals and groups committed to applied land-based practice. Past award winners are an excellent reference for the type of work they support, which ranges from design, ecology, gardening, farming, restoration, and conservation. All this information along with the application can be found on the Practice Foundation website
The application is simple and straight forward and is open now until December 1, 2023.

Additionally, the team at Practice Foundation is always happy to answer any questions. You can find them at 

Landscape Journal
Landscape Journal welcomes submissions of original manuscripts that advance our understanding of land planning, design, policy, and management practices as well as their consequences. Manuscripts examining land planning, design, policy, and management outcomes over a range of geographic contexts and spatiotemporal scales are especially welcome. Contributions are invited from any disciplinary perspective.
Article Types
Landscape Journal strives to publish a diverse mix of articles and critical reviews.
1. Original Research (5,000–8,000 words)
Quantitative and qualitative empirical research, including historical analyses and rigorous comparative analyses of multiple case studies. 
2. Systematic Literature Reviews (5,000–10,000 words)
Syntheses of landscape theory and state-of-the-art design teaching, research, and professional practice. Systematic reviews identify knowledge gaps and inform research agendas.
3. Perspective Essays (2,000–5,000 words)
Perspectives from Practice essays reflect on contemporary practice advances, challenges, or opportunities—and comment on implications for teaching, research, and design practice.
4. Policy Briefs (3,000–6,000 words)
Evidence-based analyses of current policies and policy alternatives—whether enacted by governments, professions, or other institutions.
5. Critical Reviews (500–2,500 words)
Critical reviews of books, films, videos, conferences, websites, and software are welcome. Most book reviews are written within one year after the book’s publication date.
Authors who are interested in writing a critical review or perspective essay should first contact the editorial office. Proposals for special issues are also welcome.

Michael Wise (he/his) 

Historical Geography is a peer-reviewed annual journal that publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, conference reports, and commentaries. Since 1993, the journal has encouraged an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars, professionals, and students interested in geographic perspectives on the past. The journal is currently published by the University of Nebraska Press and distributed online through Project Muse. The journal is sponsored by the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.
The journal is currently seeking two co-editors to replace outgoing co-editor Mike Wise (University of North Texas) and John Bauer (University of Nebraska-Kearny). Working with co-editor Chris Dando (University of Nebraska-Omaha), and the journal editorial board, the new co-editors will assist with manuscript solicitation, peer review and editing, as well as journal production and management. The position is voluntary and typically held for a 5-year term.
The journal is also currently seeking a new book review editor who will be responsible for actively curating a list of 20-30 book reviews per year in the field of historical geography.
We are seeking to build a team with interdisciplinary reach and especially invite environmental historians whose interests engage with critical geographical scholarship to contact us. Please email a CV and a short expression of interest (including mention of any institutional support) to Mike Wise ( and Mark Rhodes ( by November 1, 2023. Any questions about the journal or the position may be directed to them as well. These appointments will begin in 2024, with a transition period in Spring 2024.

National Historic Landmark Update-ASALH- The Founders of Black history Month

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking the services of a Principal Investigator (PI) or Principal  Investigator(s) through a cooperative agreement with the Association for the Study of African American Life  and History, Inc. (ASALH) to update the National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination form for Gunston Hall  in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Gunston Hall was designated a NHL in 1960 (NRIS# 66000832) for its association with George Mason and his contributions to the nation’s founding principles, as well as for its architectural importance. The NPS is interested in updating the history and analysis included in the Gunston Hall NHL nomination to reflect a more expansive history that acknowledges the complexities of the period and the people involved. This includes adding information about the centrality of the institution of slavery in Mason’s life and accomplishments, about the people that Mason enslaved, acknowledgment of women’s roles and accomplishments, and a discussion of the complexities and contradictions of Mason and his ideas that inspired the Declaration of Independence.

National Historic Landmarks & National Register Coordinator
National Park Service
National Capital Region
NCR Website
NHL Website



American Historical Association (AHA), January 4-7, 2024, San Francisco, CA

American Society for Environmental Historians (ASEH), April 3-7,2024, Denver Colorado
Organization for American Historians, April 11-14,2024, New Orleans, LA
The current cascade of crises—viral, racial, economic, political, constitutional and environmental—shape and shadow our communities and our nation. History and historians have a role to play in addressing these crises; documenting, writing, amplifying, and mediating stories that can inform our moment and promote social justice.Join the community in New Orleans, Louisiana or at the Virtual Conference Series in cooperation with NCPH, in 2024 as we honor and explore the ways in which individuals, communities, and historians work and learn together.


Society of Architectural Historians 2024 Annual International Conference (SAH), APRIL 17–21, 2024,  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Join the Society of Architectural Historians in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 17–21, 2024, for an immersive, in-person experience that includes paper sessions, events at off-site venues, and guided architecture tours in and around the city. Attendees can look forward to connecting with colleagues at social receptions, meeting publishers in the exhibit area, and conversing between sessions, all valued moments at the face-to-face conference.

Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH)October, 2024, San Diego, CA
_________________________________________OFFICERS (updated and corrected)President:
John Dean Davis, Ohio State UniversityVice President:
Ann Komara, CU DenverSecretary: 
Pollyanna Rhee, University of Illinois Urbana ChampagneNewsletter Editor: 
Thaisa Way, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and CollecitonAdvisory Board:Kathleen John-Alder, Rutgers UniversityJeanne Haffner, New York State Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation, Jones Beach Energy & Nature CenterBianca Maria Rinaldi, Politecnico di TorinoJack Sullivan, University of MarylandFinola O’Kane Crimmins, University College DublinGeorges Farhat, University of Toronto_____________________
Take Note/ Resources;
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Recent Books of Interest
 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book AwardThe Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award was established in 2005 to recognize annually the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design. Named for SAH past president and landscape historian Elisabeth MacDougall, the award honors the late historian’s role in developing this field of study.Anatole Tchikine and Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey
Francesco Ignazio Lazzari’s Discrizione della villa pliniana: Visions of Antiquity in the Landscape of Umbria
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2021

_____________________ Here are books, and an article or two, with a historic narrative of landscape that have been published relatively recently:

Kris, E., Parshall, L. B., Felfe, R., & Tchikine, A. (2023). The rustic style. Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University.

Biggs, Mathew, editor, 2023. Garden: Exploring the Horticultural World, Phaedon Press.

Padua, M. G. (2023) “Illuminating a Hidden Site: the Recovery of a Sacred Black Landscape”, Landscape Journal42(1) pp 53-75

Wain, Anthony. 2023.  “Searching for Common Ground in the Gardens of the Past | AJLA.” Issue 5, Article 5. Accessed August 19, 2023.

Bsumek, Erika Marie. 2023. The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam: Infrastructures of Dispossession on the Colorado Plateau. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Blackhawk, N. (2023). The Rediscovery of America : Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History. Yale University Press.

Whiteman, Stephen H. 2023. Landscape and Authority in the Early Modern World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Avila, Eric, and Thaisa Way, eds, 2023. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture 44, Segregation and Resistance in the Landscapes of the Americas. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Goldstein, Brian 2023, new, expanded edition The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem.

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Zoom Presentation
Sunday, October 29th, 1:00 PM PST
Join author/editor Christina E. Crawford and author/co-editor Claire Zimmerman for a look at the book Detroit-Moscow-Detroit: An Architecture for Industrialization, 1917-1945 (MIT Press, 2023). They will discuss the book’s exploration of the similarities and differences between the hyper-industrialization that took place in the USSR and the US during three critical decades. Read more…

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Events of InterestHi Amanda,Please see below for some upcoming events of interest for our members!All the best,The NESAH BoardHistoric New England Summit 2023November 2-3, 2023The VETS, Providence, Rhode Island, and LivestreamThe annual Historic New England Summit presents two days of exciting conversations that explore how 21st-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education.The program includes keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, provocations, networking opportunities, and more.For more information and to register click here.Health Equity in Architectureat the Intersection of Teaching, Archive and CuratingNovember 4, 202310:00 am (EST)ZoomThis panel aims to discuss the following questions with a global perspective:• What are some of the substantial gaps in the teaching and historical documentation of health equity in architecture?• What can be done to fill these gaps?• How can teaching, archival, and curatorial communities in architectural his/herstory develop productive collaborations to support post-pandemic teaching in architecture and health equity?For questions, please visit or email the zoom link, please visit:’s Franklin Park:Olmsted, Recreation and the Modern CityNovember 8, 20236:00 pmBoston Public Library, Rabb HallProfessor Ethan Carr of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will lecture on his new book, Boston’s Franklin Park: Olmsted, Recreation and the Modern Citywhich details the history of Franklin Park from its conception to the current era of park revival. This talk is sponsored by the Library of American Landscape History (LALH) and the Leventhal Map and Education Center of the Boston Public Library.The lecture will be held in Rabb Hall at the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library (Copley Square). The program concludes at 7 p.m. followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public.To register for the event click here.

AUTHORS ON ARCHITECTURE:Detroit-Moscow-DetroitZoom PresentationSunday, October 29th, 1:00 PM PSTJoin author/editor Christina E. Crawford and author/co-editor Claire Zimmerman for a look at the book Detroit-Moscow-Detroit: An Architecture for Industrialization, 1917-1945 (MIT Press, 2023). They will discuss the book’s exploration of the similarities and differences between the hyper-industrialization that took place in the USSR and the US during three critical decades. Read more…Have a conflict for Sunday? Buy a ticket and we will send you a link to the recorded program you can watch at your leisure…Read more…Purchase $5 ticket!Photo: Stalingrad Tractor Plant, Stalingrad, Russia, USSR, 1929. Volgograd Tractor Factory Museum (Muzei OOO VMK VgTZ)..Read more