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 Climate History  Information on the climate history group's activities for 2018 will be posted on this website when it becomes available. 

  • ASEH's war and environment group has scheduled a breakfast at our 2018 conference on Thursday, March 15, at 7:15 a.m. Click here to sign up.
  • ASEH's war and environment group has organized a tour of Camp Pendleton on Friday, March 16. Click here to sign up.
  • The Society for Military History is offering an award to an author who has not previously published a scholarly book-length manuscript. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history. For more info., see:

Letter to President Obama regarding 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964

Energy  ASEH's energy group will meet for a no-host dinner at the Riverside conference on Friday evening, March 16, 2018. Meet on the steps of the Riverside Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. Those interested in learning more can e-mail Robert Lifset at contact Robert Lifset at 

Environment, Law, and History  The connections between the environment, law, and history are deep and pervasive. Many of us, from many disciplines – law, history, geography, and environmental studies, to name a few – have been working at the intersections of these fields for some time, but have had no common forum for exchanging views and information. This special interest group aims to enable such exchanges, allowing us to share ideas and collaborate in research, publications, teaching, and more.

 Envirotech will hold a breakfast at our meeting in Riverside, California on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 7:15 a.m. Sign up on the online conference registration form ahead of time (click here). 

Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability Group
 The Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability group has organized a no-host dinner at ASEH's Riverside conference. Meet on the convention center steps on Friday evening, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. Contact Gerard Fitzgerald at gfitzge2@gmu.eduor Gabriella Petrick at 

 Announcing GeoCart – An ASEH interest group for geographers, geographically-oriented environmental historians, map users, cartographers, geospatial technologists, and other interested parties! GeoCart is a new group within ASEH that seeks to connect people with interests in the intersections between geography and environmental history, and to serve as a resource for those seeking to incorporate geographic perspectives and tools like maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other geospatial technologies into their historical work. If you’re interested in joining the GeoCart group and email list, send a message to Jordan P. Howell at

History of Environment and Health Network

History of Science Society Earth Forum
 The History of Science Society's Earth and Environment Forum is considering holding a no-host dinner at ASEH's Riverside conference on Friday evening, March 16, 2018. Those interested in learning more can e-mail Jeremy Vetter at

Mining and Extractive Industries
 If you are interest in this newly formed group, contact either John Baeten or Mica Jorgensen 

War and Environment

Women's Environmental History Network
 Thursday, March 15 - 8:00 -9:00 p.m., Riverside Convention Center

This reception provides an opportunity for women (cis/trans) to meet, make connections, and become involved in ASEH’s mentoring program. Please let us know you plan to join us on the registration form (it’s free for ASEH conference attendees!). Wine and light snacks provided. 


President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act in 1964. Bill Cronon, Mark Harvey, Paul Sutter, and Jay Turner sought historians of conservation and wilderness history of the United States to add their names to a letter to President Obama regarding the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The letter encouraged the president to consider delivering a major speech that celebrates America's history of protecting our nation's unique heritage of parks, monuments, and wilderness areas. 104 scholars signed it.

The deadline for signing has passed, but the letter can be viewed at:

Note from organizers in early January 2014:

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