Professor Andrew Stuhl of the Environmental Studies Program asked his students to complete a Place Paper in his American Environmental History course. The assignment they completed was called a “Place Paper,” wherein they selected a place of importance to them and narrated its environmental history. The three papers here concern the town of Shamokin; the “ghost town” of Alvira, PA; and the Danbury Mall in Connecticut. They are all very good in their own ways. These papers give readers insight into one way of studying place from a historical and environmental perspective.