Professor Gregg Campbell, History Faculty.  November 28, 2015

Professor Peter Shattuck, History Faculty, July 11, 1935 ~ September 27, 2015

Sites of Conscience  By Max Page. Preservation. v 67, no 4,  Fall 2015
Historic preservationists face the facts at places with painful pasts in Richmond, Virginia; eastern California; and Washington County, Utah..

Sacramento State to put history of Japanese internment online. By Stephen Magagnini. Sacramento Bee. August 12, 2015.
Sacramento State is leading an effort to put online a trove of World War II-era letters and documents from when 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned at 10 remote camps scattered across America. In September, planning starts for the two-year CSU Japanese American Digitization Project for more than 10,000 original letters, journals and other documents now stored at 13 state universities, said Julie Thomas, special collections and manuscripts librarian at California State University, Sacramento.

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92.  By SAM ROBERTS NeNew York Times. A 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92.

Concessionaire’s claim to ownership challenged: Famous Yosemite names in dispute. San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - January 2, 2015 by Kurtis Alexander.
"Just the mention of the Ahwahnee Hotel can conjure up the grandeur of Yosemite Valley. And talk of Curry Village hints at the sweet scents and sights of the high country.But the names of these spots and others are at the center of an intellectual property dispute that threatens to retire some of the most evocative monikers at Yosemite National Park.The private company that has the contract to run the park’s lodges, restaurants and various attractions has sent letters to park officials saying it owns the names of the places under its watch.The company, Delaware North of New York, is nearing the end of its contract with Yosemite. It says it bought the names of the sites long ago and wants as much as $51 million to release its ownership of them if another company takes over the contract, according to park documents.Park officials counter that Delaware North doesn’t own the names of the park properties — and can’t.“The Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village: These are as much a part of Yosemite as Half Dome and El Capitan,” said park spokesman Scott Gediman. “These names belong to the American people.”While attorneys in Washington, D.C., are preparing to defend the park’s right to the names, the National Park Service has also raised the possibility of abandoning the names outright. Officials have told companies interested in taking over the concessions contract that, in light of the disagreement, some sites could be renamed, including Badger Pass, the Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village."

Did Marco Polo "Discover" America? Maps attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of Alaska
By  Ariel Sabar, Smithsonian Magazine October 2014
For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources mention the footloose Italian. The only record of his 13th-century odyssey through the Far East is the hot air of his own Travels, which was actually an “as told to” penned by a writer of romances. But a set of 14 parchments, now collected and exhaustively studied for the first time, give us a raft of new stories about Polo’s journeys and something notably missing from his own account: maps.
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Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museum: Inside the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploits
By David Wise Smithsonian Magazine October 2014
A chill wind whipped off the Warnow as a retired railroad worker shuffled through the streets of the port city of Rostock one winter night in 1956. He wore the drab clothes typical of East German residents. But when a second man appeared from the shadows, the elderly German revealed that he was wearing a pair of distinctive gold cuff links embossed with the helmet of the Greek goddess Athena and a small sword.
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