About

For those of you linking over from the Omaha World Herald, Welcome!  I am honored that you chose to visit my website.

This is not the blog about my Dad, but you can click THIS LINK to learn more about my HatchFund project.  You can also click the PROJECTS link above and choose “Sinking into Memories” or the sublink “Sample Chapter“.

I have temporarily disassembled the original blog until my manuscript is completed (for copyright purposes).Sandra_small-2I received my Ph.D. in the US West and Latin America in 1998 at the University of New Mexico.  My M.A. is in Latin American Studies, also from UNM.  I completed a B.A. in History and Spanish many moons ago.

In 1996, I left New Mexico to teach at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Since then I have published five books, numerous chapters and articles, and too many book reviews to mention.  I have presented numerous papers at conferences, chaired sessions, and been the featured or invited speaker at numerous special conferences as well as formal and informal gatherings.

Besides being an active scholar, I love to teach and I have ever since the first day I stepped foot in a classroom back in graduate school.  I particularly enjoy taking students out into the “field” to get first-hand experience with history and place.  I believe it’s important to make history relevant, connected, and “felt”.  So, I’ve taken my US West class to Fort Atkinson, Homestead National Monument, Nebraska State Historical Society Museum and Archives, and the Durham Museum.  I’ve taken my Environmental students on 10-day trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, long weekends to the Niobrara, a short camping trip to Indian Cave State Park, Northwest Fur Post Museum, as well as Spring Creek Prairie and numerous other locations.

Besides teaching and writing formal history, I also do quite a bit of photography and creative writing, as well.

If you have questions about my work, or would like me to come speak to your group, please contact me at mathewsbenham at yahoo dot com.  Feel free to use my CONTACT page as well!

Sandra K. Mathews © 2011/12/13 | All rights reserved. Subject to the Copyright Act 1968, no part of this online website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, printed, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

9 responses to “About

  1. We kinda switched locations. I grew up in Nebraska, where you are now, and frequently go to New Mexico, from whence you came. I too am interested in your areas of scholarship. However, I am not a scholar, just a cowboy lawyer.

    • How absolutely wonderful! Where in Nebraska did you live? I still go to New Mexico as often as I can. In fact, I’m currently teaching an online class on the History of New Mexico for Western NMU at Silver City! Glad you landed on my site! It’s a pleasure to meet you.

    • I have lived at both ends of Nebraska — Omaha and Scottsbluff.
      Regarding New Mexico connections, Sugar and I are going to Santa Fe in August. She makes and sells SouthWest jewelry and gets some materials at the Flea Market on the reservation outside Santa Fe. We have stayed at Ojo Caliente a few times, like to hang out in Taos, and also like the Abiquiu (sp?) Inn and Ghost Ranch.
      When I was in college, I took a course called Concentration in Cross Cultural Communication (very seventies). I spent three weeks in Northern New Mexico, based at Ghost Ranch, but involving the Seven Northern Pueblos. Loved it.

    • Wonderful! Sounds like you’ve really enjoyed much of what New Mexico has to offer. I would personally love to stay at Ojo Caliente, but I just cannot afford it yet :-) Stopped by Ghost Ranch last time through–what a delightful place :-)

    • Actually, I lived at both ends of Nebraska — Omaha and Scottsbluff.

  2. Be inspired my friend. :)

  3. You sure accomplished a lot! If I took all mine and dropped ‘em into a cup, they’d roll around like a herd of roller derby women on the bottom. But that’s OK, I’m one who likes to hear other peoples stories, tales and historical revelations before my own. I kind of feel out of place making a comment on the same page as you and my friend ‘The cowboy lawyer’. Best to both of you, I just dropped by to tip my hat at your site. Oh yeah, thanks for liking my latest tale, the Bar 44 Ranch. JW

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