The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Fresno Past & Present Journal

The Fresno Historical Society's journal, Fresno Past & Present, had a long history of publication from its inception in 1959 to 2005 when the editorial board retired. The journal was revived in Spring 2017. A subscription to the journal is included in Society membership. Exciting articles are being developed with the assistance of archival interns from the Masters Program in the Department of History at Fresno State, local history scholars and Society staff. 

Submission Guidelines

The Fresno Historical Society is seeking articles to appear in the Fresno Past & Present journal.  We are interested in 1000-1200 word pieces on topics relating to Fresno County or central San Joaquin Valley history. Each piece should answer the basic Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why questions with minimal editorializing. We expect a high level of research in primary and secondary sources and polished writing aimed at an educated audience. Each article submitted will be subject to review by the Society’s Editorial Committee. If the article is accepted for publication, the piece may be edited as needed to conform to the journal’s style. 

Authors should consult the Fresno Past & Present indexes before submitting an article to ensure their subject has not already been covered. Past issues will also give authors a good idea of style and format. The indexes and sample issues can be found HERE. 

Authors are encouraged to use Society photographs, if available, to accompany the article. If the Historical Society has research materials and/or photographs on your topic, we will make them available under our regular researcher guidelines.

 If you are interested in contributing or have any questions, please email or call (559) 441-0862.

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