Great Plains Book of the Month

Each month the Center for Great Plains Studies features one book as its "Great Plains Book of the Month." We carefully choose books that are accessible and on topics of interest and importance for our region. They may be on any subject, of any genre, published within the last couple of years; occasionally we may feature a book published by or written at the Center. Mainly we want to bring attention to what we consider exceptional works both to learn from and enjoy.

March Book of the Month

Visions of the Tallgrass: Prairie Photographs by Harvey Payne

By James P. Ronda

Details: Art & Photography, Oklahoma, Osage

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018

Wildlife photographer Harvey Payne and historian James P. Ronda take a close look at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oklahoma. They have explored the 40,000 acres of the Preserve, established 25 years ago in Oklahoma’s Osage County.   In chapters examining grass, sky, birds, bison, and fire, Ronda and Payne reveal that the “Big Empty” is abounding with life. James P. Ronda, is Professor (Ret.) H. G. Barnard Chair of Western American History, University of Tulsa. Professor Ronda’s recent publications include The West the Railroads Made, and he has been a frequent contributor to Great Plains Quarterly.

“In this book, you will see the natural world as intended when the Nature Conservancy first set out to protect this land. The Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is one of the Last Great Places on earth.”

— Geoffrey M. Standing Bear, Principal Chief of the Osage Nation

Visions of the Tallgrass

Past Great Plains Books of the Month:

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, Dan Flores

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World, Paul Johnsgard

Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930, Karen Hansen

Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret, David Jachowski

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor, Joe Starita

Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom, Richard Edwards

Towards a Prairie Atonement, Trevor Herriot

Walking the Llano, Shelley Armitage

Barnstorming the Prairie, Jason Weems

Homesteading the PlainsRichard Edwards, Rebecca Wingo, Jacob Friefeld

Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, Edited by Daniel Simon

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, Ted Genoways