Paula Petrik

Paula Petrik

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A professor emerita of history at George Mason University, Paula Petrik is the author of No Step Backward: Women and Family on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier (1990) and a coeditor, with Elliott West, of Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950 (1992). A recipient of Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Smithsonian fellowships as well as an Apple Computer Faculty Internship, among others, she has published articles on women in the American West, the U.S. toy industry, and new media. She is currently working on a history of the Helena, Montana, banks and the Panic of 1893.

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Lectures

  • Rich Man, Poor Man, Banker Man, Thief: The Rise and Fall of Erastus D. Edgerton, 1886–1898
  • E. T. Wilson and the Banks: A Study in Government Regulation and Service, 1893–1903
  • A Research Odyssey: Reconstructing the Life of Louisa Couselle, Madame and Entrepreneur
  • Capitalists with Rooms: A Social and Economic Analysis of Prostitution in the Nineteenth-Century West