Way out West but still in frame
With the focus of a new semester, itâ€™s always an exciting time to hit the road and talk to academics across the country about all things humanities and social sciences. The fact that itâ€™s also conference season again means I have the privilege of exposure to fascinating lectures, great conversations with the academic community, and the opportunity to share the latest news from Adam Matthew Digital.
One of the events I always look forward to is WHA, which this year was held in Las Vegas. Taking Sin Cityâ€™s famous slogan â€śwhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegasâ€ť and flipping it, the theme for the event was â€śWhat happens in the West doesnâ€™t stay in the West.â€ť
The Western History Association, with its roots in 1961, aims to promote the rich history of the North American West. This yearâ€™s annual conference was held in Las Vegas, a location as diverse and exciting as the history of the West itself. Amongst the schedule of speakers, sessions and roundtables, the conference provides fantastic opportunity to learn, discuss and promote the forward-thinking nature of the event and the attendees. As the only digital publisher exhibiting, Adam Matthew Digital is proud to be associated with such a diverse event.
Ahead of the conference, and the eventâ€™s guided tour of the Hoover Dam, I was keen to do a little research about it and the area. And where better to start than Adam Matthewâ€™s own digital resources?
Turning my attention to Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture, I came across a guidebook from 1957. The Best in the West, by Thomas B. Lesure, sounded like a great place to start and recommends not only the Hoover Dam, but also several other off-the-beaten track locations which Iâ€™ve now added to my travel itinerary for the future. The â€śWickenburg Jail Trees which desperadoes once were chained in lieu of jailâ€ť is just one example.
I was, however, particularly fond of the section on souvenirs which includes a list of doâ€™s and donâ€™ts for taking those sorts of photos that capture the best memories.
More than 60 years later, the tips were still of great use. Just look at what I managed to snap!
Fun fact our guide shared with us during the tour - there is enough concrete used in the construction of the Hoover Dam to pave a standard highway, at 16 feet wide, from New York City to San Francisco.
What happens in the west doesnâ€™t stay in the west. My memories of the visit, the things I learned talking to the academics in attendance, and even the photos I took, are testament to that fact.