Friday, August 6, 2010

Oregon Trail - The Movie

One of the things I often wonder as I sit at my computer is how many other people received their first introduction to Pacific Northwest History in the form of the old Oregon Trail computer game. I recall being taken to the computer lab in second grade specifically to play it. We learned about purchasing supplies, caulking covered wagons, and losing family members to just about every disease ever encountered in the 1800s.

And now, someone’s made a mock movie trailer:

Am I the only one who wishes this was a real movie?

"Doing" History

Every once in a while, something really wonderful crosses my desk and this blog post by Kimberly Voss was one of those things.  In it, she explains how she was able to discover the story about journalist Bobbi McCallum in order to write the article featured in an issue of COLUMBIA magazine.  You can check it out online at our website

As Kimberly said in her post: "Often, as scholars, we focus on the results -- what it is we found.  This is the story of how I got to the results."