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New Fur Trade Journal
The Museum of the Mountain Man is launching a new annual academic publication, 'The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal', and has issued a Call for Papers.
Museum to publish Fur Trade Journal
Call for papers deadline January 2, 2007
October 6, 2006

"We are at the geographic center of the Rocky Mountain fur trade," said Clint Gilchrist, board member of the Sublette County Historical Society which oversees the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale. "The Museum is moving forward with our next phase to conduct research and educate the public about the Rocky Mountain fur trade era which took place from 1824-1840," he said.

The Museum is launching its new academic peer-reviewed publication, "The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal", and has issued a Call for Papers. The Fur Trade Journal will be an annual publication for the Museum and will serve as an avenue for researchers to showcase new ideas and topics related to this important era in American history.

The Journal will encourage research and debate in the academic arena. New perspectives and innovative topics will be explored and previously accepted theories challenged in a defendable manner.

"We welcome submissions by non-professionals and student writers, as well as historians," said Gilchrist. The papers will go through a peer-review process to ensure quality and defendability of each submission. Deadline for submission of papers is January 2, 2007.

Up to ten authors will be selected for inclusion in the first issue. Each selected author will receive a $1,000 cash award and will be invited to present their research in a special forum at the Museum to be held during the publicationís debut at the 2007 Green River Rendezvous Days in Pinedale July 12-15.

"On a cold March day in 1824, Jed Smith and a small band of trappers crossed South Pass into the Green River Valley and discovered a gold mine of beaver and no hostile Indians. This started the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade and opened the American West. Over the next 16 years trappers explored every mile of the central Rocky Mountains. The American mountain men led the way for the immigrant wagon trains to follow and expanded the United States from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Coast," said Gilchrist.

Writerís guidelines and more details about the Journal are available on the Museumís website at: www.mmmuseum.com or by calling the Museum toll-free at 1-877-686-6266 weekdays between 9 am to 4 pm.

The Museum of the Mountain Man opened its doors in Pinedale in 1990. Since then, they have gained a national reputation for providing educational opportunities to all ages through displays of artifacts, school programming, historian-in-residence programs, guest speakers and symposia. They host displays and discussions on mountain man history, Plains Indian culture, western history, natural history and the arts. Their growing fur-trade research library currently contains more than 3,000 volumes that are available to scholars in-house. The Museum operates under the direction of the Sublette County Historical Society, the oldest historical society in Wyoming.

The Rocky Mountain fur trade era helped expand the United States from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. The Museumís new annual journal will help explore new ideas and topics related to this important era of American history.

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Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal - Call for Papers Museum of the Mountain Man


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