Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural History and Rural Studies website Agricultural History Primer Digital
History Project. Article contributions
“What is Agricultural History?”
“American Agriculture and the Development of a Nation’s Land Policy”
“American Indian Agriculture”
“Internal Improvements: Nineteenth Century Economics Aids of Settler Societies”
“Extended American Agricultural History Bibliography”
The Iowa Biographical Dictionary. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009. Biographical contributions include:
Cyrus Clay Carpenter, Benjamin Gue, Augustus Caesar Dodge, and Gertrude Durden Rush.
“Navigating and Constructing Improvement in a Settler Society: The Des Moines River Improvement Project.” In
“Sowing the Seeds of Communication: The Department of Agriculture, E.T. Meredith, and the Growth of American
Radio.” In progress.
Rev. of Hall, M. Ann, Muscle on Wheels: Louise Armaindo and the High-Wheel Racers of Nineteenth-Century
America. The Journal of Sport History, Forthcoming.
Rev. of Fitzpatrick, Jim, Major Taylor in Australia. The International Journal of the History of Sport 34 no.16 (2017):
Rev. of Gudmestad, Robert, Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom. Ohio Valley History 12 no.2 (Summer
Rev. of Johnson, Leland R. and Charles E. Parrish, Triumph at the Falls: The Louisville and Portland Canal. Ohio
Valley History 9 no.3 (Fall 2009): 79-81.
Rev. of Kapsch, Robert J., Historic Canals and Waterways of South Carolina. Journal of Southern History 77 no. 3
Rev. of Deslandes, Paul and Mary Lynn Rampolla, Doing History: Sources of Western Civilization. Bedford/St.
Martins review for primary source reader development.
Rev. of Calloway, Colin G., First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History, 4th Edition. Bedford/St.
Martins subject expert reviewer.
Rev. of Gilbert, Eric O. and Jonathan T. Reynolds, World in Motion: A Dynamic History of Humankind, 1st Edition.
Pearson Education subject expert reviewer.
Rev. of Hollitz, John, Contending Voices: Biographical Explorations of the American Past, 3rd Edition, Vol. 1 and 2.
Cengage subject expert reviewer.
Rev. of Lualdi, Katherine, Sources of the Making of the West, 3rd edition, Vol. I: to 1740. Bedford/St. Martins subject
Rev. of Ramines, Ann, and Susan K. Miller-Cochran, Keys for Writers, 8th edition, Cengage Learning subject expert.
Rev. of Carson, Clayborne, Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, and Gary B. Nash, The Struggle for Freedom: A History of
African Americans, 2nd edition. Pearson Education subject expert reviewer.
Digital History Scholarship
Agricultural History Primer. Iowa State University, 2006.
Remembering the Past and Setting the Way Forward: The Mortensen Road Dairy Teaching Farm. Iowa State
University College of Agriculture publication, Fall 2008.
Forging the Way Upriver: The Des Moines River Improvement Project. Future manuscript in progress.
The Promise of Great Water Thoroughfares for Midwestern Development: Rivers, Canals, and State Formation in
the Nineteenth-Century Midwest. Dissertation under revision to manuscript.
American Agricultural History Document Reader. Future project.
I grew up in Southeastern Iowa and remain fascinated by midwestern life. While often referred to as "flyover
country," the Midwest is a region that has been fundemental in the development of the United States. The
independant yeoman farmer, the land speculator, the aspiring politician, service men and women, the innovator,
and the educator have all provided inspiration and dedication through the hard work ethos of the Midwest.
My presentations, speeches, and research are appropriate a wide variety of audiences including corporate histories,
service clubs, community groups, and many other entertaining and educational events.
I am available for historical research and/or to present speeches on a variety or local, state, regional, and national
topics including (but not limited to):
Numerous historical topics (including events, people, places, etc.)
The Des Moines River Improvement Project
The Illinois and Michigan Canal
The Louisville and Portland Canal
The Era of Internal Improvements
Midwestern settlement and homesteading
Iowa's Connections to Federal Agriculture
"Tama" Jim Wilson
E.T. Meredith - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Henry A. Wallace
Henry C. Wallace
American Market Farming
Good Roads Movement and Early Bicycle Advocacy
America's Golden Age of Cycling
Orlando Stevens - Cycling World Champion from Ottumwa, Iowa
If you are interested in learning more about possible speaking and presentations for your functions, please feel free
to contact me to inquire about details and fees. My speaking fees are usually minimal and typically cover simply
travel expenses and travel time.
I welcome your historical inquiries and my research fees are negotiable.
PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
"Agricultural Stewardship," Invited Keynote Speaker, Living History Farms 2019 Internship Program, June 10, 2019,
"The Des Moines River Improvement Project," Invited Wapello County Historical Society Speaker Series, March 13
2019, Ottumwa, IA
"The Iowa Sprinter and World Champion: Orlando Stevens," Invited Speaker, Smithsonian Hometown
Teams/Heroes Exhibit, May 25, 2018, Ottumwa, IA
“A Discussion on Agricultural history and infrastructure,” Invited Panelist, RDG Design Residency Program,
October 2016, Des Moines, IA
“The Houses That Sears Built,” session moderator for the Preserve Iowa Summit, September 2016, Davenport, IA
"The Des Moines River Improvement Project," for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, History on the River
Series, March 2013, Bonaparte, IA
"Sowing the Seeds of Communication: The Department of Agriculture, E.T. Meredith, and the Growth of American
Radio," for the Agricultural History Society Conference, June 2009, Little Rock, AR
"Boosterism, Statehood, and Law: The Politics of Improvement in nineteenth century Iowa," for the Policy History
Conference, May 2008, St. Louis, MO
"Navigating Improvement in a Settler Society: Constructing the Des Moines River Improvement Project, 1846-1902,"
for the Society for the History of Technology National Conference, October 2007, Washington, D.C.
"Integrating the World Wide Web into the Historical Profession: Dissemination of Historical Content on the Internet,"
for the Agricultural History Society National Conference, June 2007, Ames, IA
"Technological methodologies in historical teaching and research" panel organizer for the Agricultural History
Society National Conference, June 2007, Ames, IA
"Constructing Regionalism through Improvement: The Des Moines River Lands Grant and Improvement Project," for
the James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities, April 2007, Lincoln, NE
"The Promise of a Great Water Thoroughfare for the Transportation of Midwestern Produce: The Des Moines River
Lands Grant and Improvement Project," for the Agricultural History Society National Conference, June 2006,
"Improving the River and the State: The Legacy of the Des Moines River Lands Grant," for the Midwest Popular
Culture Association Conference, October 2005, St. Louis, MO
PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKING