Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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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. Educational and informative 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. Digital PDF or printed copies of current and back issues of Fresno Past & Present are available for purchase HERE. 

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 with detailed citation. Each submission should exhibit 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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