Author Archives: Peter Blodgett

Peter Blodgett is the H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History at The Huntington.

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Posted on Aug. 19, 2020 by Peter Blodgett
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In January of 1851, John R. Fitch, a gold prospector, penned these words to his brother: "The wear and tear of the mines is very great." ...
Posted on May. 8, 2019 by Peter Blodgett
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It has been 150 years since eastbound and westbound railroad tracks first met at Utah's Promontory Summit, the culmination of many years of planning ...

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Jan. 20, 2021 by Sherryl Vint and Peter Boxall
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The notion of the artificial is necessarily understood in concert with the linked notion of the natural and thus the boundary between what is found and what is made ...
Jan. 13, 2021 by Vanessa Wilkie
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When Congressional sessions resumed after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, many people watched televised proceedings set in motion some 200 years ago ...
Dec. 22, 2020 by Kevin Durkin
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Few years in living memory have presented more challenges than this one: a worldwide pandemic and economic recession, widespread civil unrest, and a turbulent presidential election. ...

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