Public History

The Cowboy Cannoneers Oral History Project

My most recent oral history project records the stories and testimonies of twelve Wyoming National Guard soldiers that were deployed to Korea in 1950 with the 300th Armored Field Artillery. I am currently transcribing the interviews, which will be made available here and in several archives around the state in the near future.

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The 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Wyoming Army National Guard, arrived in Korea in February 1951. On the night of May 15, 1951, three corps of the Chinese People’s Volunteers launched a major offensive against the 2d Infantry Division. The 300th AFA Battalion, attached to the 2d Division during the battle at Soyang, delivered devastating artillery fire for seven days. During the morning of May 18 the  battalion was given the mission of destroying an enemy roadblock allowing retreating UN forces to fall back to more secure positions. The heroic and determined stand of the 2d Division and its attached units stopped the enemy envelopment. For its gallantry in the action, the battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the first of several awards that the 300th would earn.

The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project

This project was my initiation into oral history and taught me the value of this form of history. I interviewed two former CIA agents who had worked at the infamous “Area 51,” developing a new generation of spy planes for the American government, among other things. Moreover, I also participated in the process of digitizing and preparing the material for archiving.
In December 1950, President Harry S. Truman approved the establishment of a continental nuclear proving ground 65 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Between 1951 and 1992, 1021 nuclear detonations took place at the Nevada Test Site. The project documents, preserves and disseminates the remembered past of persons affiliated with and affected by the Nevada Test Site during the era of Cold War nuclear testing. Over 150 interviews are available online, including the voices of national laboratory scientists & engineers; labor trades and support personnel; cabinet-level officials, military personnel & corporate executives; Native American tribal & spiritual leaders; peace activists and protesters; Nevada ranchers, and families & communities downwind of the test site. The project won the Public History Project Award awarded by the National Council on Public History in 2010.

Visit the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project.

Visit the Atomic Testing Museum website

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I have also worked as a curatorial fellow at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA, as Deputy Director of Preserve Nevada, a Las Vegas based non-profit organization, and as a translator for a wide variety of projects.

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