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Gwendolyn Lockman

“Greening a Copper City: Parks, Mining, and Community in Butte, Montana, 1876–2022”

Gwendolyn Lockman

Junior Fellow, Garden and Landscape Studies

Gwen studies the historical role of green space in the urban industrial context of Butte, Montana. The project addresses three distinct eras of city planning: the War of the Copper Kings; increasing federal influence in the 1930s and 1960s; and the Superfund Era, wherein Butte has been deemed “toxic” since the 1980s. Gwen argues that parks show the continuity of reformist thought regarding people and their health in cities, as well as the struggle a mining city endured in the face of change as its sole industry declined. Gwen’s work is supported by the Friends of the Butte Archives, the Mining History Association, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, the Huntington Library, the Kenneth Karmiole Fellowship at UCLA, and the UT Austin Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts.

Gwendolyn Lockman is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) studying 19th and 20th century labor and leisure in the United States. She holds an MA in History from the UT Austin and a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the official Urban History Association blog: the Metropole, and Not Even Past, the digital public history magazine of the UT Austin History Department. Prior to graduate school she worked in the Legal Department for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club (MLB).