Jake Sanner, “From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters, This Land is Made from Trees”
I will explore the Coastal Redwoods of California. Specifically, the formation of the Save the Redwoods League in 1918 brought a 20th century era of photographs and literature in recognition of the ancient sequoias. I will reference the work of Richard Powers, Simon Schama, Barry A. Vann, among other conservationist, geographic, or philosophical writing on the redwoods. I will also use photographs of the redwoods shared by the League, such as Yosemite Valley taken in 1866 by Carleton Watkins. Through a combination of shared literature and photographs, I wish to explore the methods the Save the Redwoods League used in drawing forth a national appeal towards preserving the coastal redwoods from roughly 1918-1930.
Jake Sanner is a student at UW Milwaukee in his final semester of a six-year journey towards receiving a degree in History Education. In 2018, Jake left school for a year and a half to reflect on his well-being, identity, and future. After his hiatus, Jake found a new devotion towards learning and retelling history after meeting his professor Chris Cantwell for the first time in History 152. For Jake, Cantwell stood a virtuoso in the art of storytelling. Inspired by great teachers, Jake found new meaning in what it meant to be a historian. On a warm evening in Spring, Jake wrote in his journal “To be a historian is to be the narrator.”