Gary Shumway, PhD

Born and raised in Blanding, San Juan Co., Utah.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, Ph.D. from University of Southern California. Professor of History Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, having taught in the History Department from 1967 to 2006. Areas of teaching expertise: Western U.S. History, Oral History, general U.S. History. Retired June 2, 2006. Founding Director of the Oral History Program at California State University, Fullerton. Author of a number of books, articles and other publications regarding Oral History, family, mining and community history. Frequent and willing speaker at family history organizations and conferences.
Married to Sandra Jean Butler since 1961, four children, eleven grandchildren.
Selected as a fellow of the Utah State Historical Society in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding historical research and his dedication to Utah history.

2016 Sessions with Gary Shumway, PhD

2C Exploring Events in American History as They Affected Our Own Family's History
Syllabus: 2016/2C_Exploring_US_History.pdf

In this class we will look at the significance of such little understood terms as headrights, tidewater, the indenture system, "Salutary Neglect," differing immigration groups, "Rule of the Harvest," different settlement methods, the impact of the Revolutionary War, the perception of hardwood trees as an indicator of good soil, the Land Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, the cotton gin, the Louisiana Purchase and a series of important laws up to the Homestead and the Pacific Railway Acts of 1862. We will leave some time at the end of the class to attempt to rationalize the actions of our ancestors that do not seem to be explained by any of the above.

3C Oral Histories: Story Telling and Writing Personal and Family Histories
Syllabus: 2016/3C_Oral_Histories.pdf

Utilizing oral history techniques and technology, we will learn how to create and compile meaningful personal and family histories.

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