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Seeing Selma
Summer 2015

In March 1965 WSU photographer James H. Barker and others from WSU joined and documented the march to Selma in support of voting rights for African Americans.


Categories: History
Tags: Selma, Civil rights, African Americans, Voting


Global War and Christian Nationalism
Summer 2015

An excerpt from American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism


Categories: Political science, History
Tags: Politicians, Apocalypse, Evangelical Christianity


First Words
Spring 2015

Washington Irving, Frances Fuller Victor, and other east coast writers described the American West and created a mythology that did not reflect reality or fact.


Categories: History
Tags: American West, Washington Irving


A Re-dress of the West
Spring 2015

Stripping away the mythology of the American West exposes a more diverse, more interesting history.


Categories: Architecture and design, History, Cultural studies
Tags: Chinatown, Photographers, American West, Gender


Voices of the Wilderness
Spring 2015

From Beowulf to the American West, exploring the idea of wilderness and then finding it in Idaho.


Categories: Literature, History
Tags: Oral history, Selway-Bitterroot, Wilderness


A Nagasaki letter
Spring 2015

WSU manuscript librarian Cheryl Gunselman tracked down a WWII-era letter for archivists at Los Alamo. The letter withstood the second and, to date, last nuclear attack in war.


Categories: Library and museum studies, History
Tags: World War II, Atomic bomb, Nagasaki


Lost writer from a lost time
Winter 2014

A WSU professor and a Northwest novelist are bringing writer of the working class Robert Cantwell, a Washington native, and his most significant book, Land of Plenty, out of the mists of time.


Categories: History, Literature
Tags: Labor and unions, Writers, Northwest history


Hair and history
Winter 2014

Hair is not something still collected by WSU archivists, but pieces of pioneer Narcissa Whitman's hair open a fascinating, if macabre, chapter in the history of the Northwest.


Categories: History
Tags: Whitman Mission, Hair, Narcissa Whitman, Archives


Lessons from Geronimo
Winter 2014

Legendary warrior Geronimo led a small group of Chiricahua Apache in defending tribal lands, and inspired a new book by WSU football coach Mike Leach and WSU instructor Buddy Levy.


Categories: History
Tags: Geronimo, Leadership, Native American leaders


Joanne Hanley ’80—Preserving public treasures
Winter 2014

Joanne Hanley never expected her WSU degree in environmental science to lead her a 9/11 memorial and Gettysburg.


Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: National parks, Gettysburg


Follow the red brick road
Fall 2014

WSU architecture students tackled a project to get early red brick roads in Pullman formally recognized as a vital and worthy piece of history, not just for the community, but for the state’s University as well.


Categories: History, Architecture and design
Tags: Historic preservation


Lost Highway
Summer 2014

More than 150 years ago, road builders and a military escort set out on a rugged pilgrimage to build a wagon highway across the Rocky Mountains. Historian Keith Petersen ’73 has traced the tumultuous life of the lead engineer John Mullan.


Categories: History
Tags: American West, John Mullan, Roads


Tim Hills ’93—Hotels and history
Summer 2014

Historian Tim Hills has captured the colorful history of the many McMenamins hotels and restaurants.


Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: McMenamins, Hotels


The time in between
Summer 2014

Prolific essayist Michel de Montaigne was introduced to England by translator John Florio, a journey of readers and literature traced by WSU English professor Will Hamlin.


Categories: English, History
Tags: Montaigne, England


Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End
Spring 2014

“The whole concept has burgeoned ... to one where the landscape is part of why people select to live in certain locations, has political meaning, has religious meaning, has all of these other kinds of meaning.”


Categories: Anthropology, History, Washington state history
Tags: Landscape, Memory, Native Americans, Ecology


History develops, art stands still: An art historian journeys into the Renaissance
Winter 2013

The Tornabuoni family of Renaissance Florence, Italy, were patrons of the arts and, as WSU art historian Maria Deprano explains, appeared in many pieces.


Categories: Fine Arts, History
Tags: Renaissance, Italy, Florence, Art history


Of mice, men, and wheat
Winter 2013

Mice may have played a major role in the evolution of wheat, as they fed on the stores of grain harvested by humans.


Categories: Agriculture, History
Tags: Mice, Wheat, Evolution


Helen Szablya ’76—Living in interesting times
Winter 2013

Helen Szablya remembers the bombs in Budapest in World War II, and her escape from Hungary after the Communist takeover. She became an advocate for the country when she came to the United States.


Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Hungary, World War II


First Words for Fall 2013
Fall 2013

In the early 1950s, Washington State College and the Bureau of Reclamation published a Farmer’s Handbook for the Columbia Basin Project. Written for new farmers breaking ground in the newly irrigated Columbia Basin Project, the handbook offered advice to last of the pioneers in the West.


Categories: Agriculture, History
Tags: Columbia Basin Project, Farmers


A fitting business
Fall 2013

Lucy Stevenson opened her hat and dressmaking business in the late nineteenth century at the age of 60. Her work and life was exhibited at WSU in spring 2013.


Categories: Architecture and design, History
Tags: Apparel design, Women in business, Exhibit


From Holland Library to hacking history
Fall 2013

Ralph Barclay stumbled across a technical journal in Holland Library in 1960 that led him to figure out how to hack the inner workings of the telephone system. His blue box inspired future tech leaders and hackers alike.


Categories: Engineering, History
Tags: Hackers, Hacking, Telecommunications


Water to the Promised Land
Fall 2013

As an aquifer declines, Columbia Basin farmers look to water promised them 80 years ago.


Categories: Agriculture, History
Tags: Water, Columbia Basin Project, Irrigation, Odessa aquifer


Gun Show Nation—a conversation with Joan Burbick
Summer 2013

Guns and gun shows are a part of American culture, and Joan Burbick, WSU emeritus English professor and author of Gun Show Nation, talks about the place of guns in the life of the United States.


Categories: History, Public affairs
Tags: Guns, American West


Tastes like Beethoven
Spring 2013

The 1909 National Apple Show in Spokane featured competitions, band concerts, vaudeville shows, and 1,525,831 apples. It heralded the rise of Washington as a top apple-producing state.


Categories: History
Tags: Spokane, Apples


The 1710 Senex map of North America
Winter 2012

A 1710 map of North America by cartographer and engraver John Senex, which resides in the WSU Manuscripts and Archives, shows plenty of blank spots and provides insight into the continent as seen by Europeans of the time.


Categories: Geography, History
Tags: Maps, Cartographers, Eighteenth century


The perfect city
Fall 2012

WSU history faculty and students bring to life the utopian community of Vineland, an early twentieth-century project in Clarkston to build an ideal Garden City.


Categories: History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Exhibit, Utopias, Garden City


Historically Yours
Summer 2012
Paul Philemon Kies, a popular professor of English, was one of the keenest collectors at Washington State College. When he wasn’t teaching, advising, or shooting photographs on campus, he was filling his office and home with rare books, autog...
Categories: WSU faculty, History
Tags: Collections, Autographs, Collections


The Atomic Landscape
Summer 2012

Seven decades after the first nuclear production facilities were sited at Hanford, we discover the cultural legacy. We sample from poetry, history, and art, as well as a WSU student’s master’s thesis.


Categories: Washington state history, History, Poetry
Tags: Hanford, Manhattan Project, Nuclear reactors, World War II, Atomic bomb


Sacred Encounters
Spring 2012
“When I drive past this place it gives me a good-hearted, happy feeling,” says Quanah Matheson ’04, cultural resources director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. At what is now Old Mission State Park, just off Interstate 90 at Cataldo, ...
Categories: History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Native Americans, Religion, Catholicism, Missionaries


A Hidden History
Spring 2012
In 1992, Frank Hirahara ’48 sent his daughter Patti to Yakima to help his elderly parents pack up their home for their move to Southern California.What had at first seemed a chore turned into a treasure hunt as Patti unearthed letters, ...
Categories: Library and museum studies, History
Tags: Photography, World War II, Internment camps, Japanese-Americans


Tolerance in an intolerant time
Winter 2011
In 1530, a group of Lutheran princes composed a statement of faith, requesting legal recognition, and presented it to Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. Although the Emperor rejected it, the Augsburg Confession would become the statemen...
Categories: History
Tags: Religion, Confessionalism, Tolerance, Religious wars, Medieval times


Bringing history and historian together
Winter 2011
Historian Douglas Brinkley recently visited Seattle to interview William D. Ruckelshaus, the founding head of the Environmental Protection Agency and advisor to a variety of Northwest clean water and community groups.Ruckelshaus first mad...
Categories: History, Public affairs
Tags: Ecology, Government, Public service


To the lighthouse
Fall 2011
For more than a century one of Washington’s earliest man-made landmarks has perched 120 feet above the sea on the bluff at Admiralty Head on Whidbey Island. In its early years, the lighthouse beacon guided the sailing ships that helped ...
Categories: History, Architecture and design
Tags: Parks, Lighthouse


Buddy Levy: Historical investigator
Summer 2011
In a fabulously snide review of the first episode of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, a reviewer for The New York Times refers to investigator Buddy Levy, “who could be a bus driver but who is in fact an English professor at W...
Categories: History
Tags: Authors, Television programs, Exploration, Conquistadors


After a fashion
Summer 2011
Fall fashion week in Pullman featured a stovepipe silhouette and shorter hemline. Black and rhinestones were in, as were gold shoes and feathered cloches. These weren’t new designs. They were elegant Jazz Age outfits hand-picked by...
Categories: History, Architecture and design
Tags: Apparel design, Fashion, Vintage clothing


Letters in the Summer 2011 issue
Summer 2011
Moral capitalKudos to Jennifer Sherman for her good article summarizing her research and book about real-life experiences in Golden Valley. It describes the price of economic disaster in a rural atmosphere in a revealing and provocative w...
Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine, History
Tags: Buildings, Artists


Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck ’33—Recognition at last
Fall 2010
In March of this year, a special Congressional action signed by President Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the “WASPS” ...
Categories: Military sciences, History, Alumni
Tags: Pilots, World War II, Women's Airforce Service Pilots


Old News
Winter 2009
Just as several of Washington’s newspapers have vanished from the landscape, librarians and volunteers are bringing our state’s near-forgotten newspapers to light. Through a project in the Washington Secretary of State’s office, library empl...
Categories: Media, History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Newspapers


Finding Chief Kamiakin
Fall 2009

A new biography of Kamiakin from Washington State University Press finally pulls together the history, legend, and cultural memory of a great chief, a powerful leader of both tolerance and will.


Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Chief Kamiakin, Native American leaders, Native Americans


S.R. Martin Jr.—A life in the West
Fall 2009
“Rudy” Martin started out with a plan to collect the history of his family from its Texas roots to his home in Washington. It was at first a project for himself and his children. But the American studies scholar yearned for context, color, and...
Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: African Americans, American West


Space Chronicles
Spring 2009
Working on her doctorate at Washington State University, Jennifer Ross-Nazzal ’04 was drawn to public history–a field that combines academic history with non-traditional methods of collecting and presenting historical information. The program...
Categories: Space sciences, History
Tags: Space exploration, NASA


Hotel at the Top
Spring 2009
Pioneer James “Cashup” Davis dreamed big. At a time when most Washington settlers were carving farms out of the Palouse, he was so awed with the panoramic views of the Palouse from Steptoe Butte, he decided to build a hotel at the top. Davis’s...
Categories: Washington state history, History
Tags: Palouse, Hotels


Carol Edgemon Hipperson - Writing History
Winter 2008
When Carol Edgemon Hipperson was growing up in Coulee City, the eastern Washington community was too small for a library. However, every other Thursday during the summer, the Bookmobile from the North Central Regional Library pulled into town. "I ...
Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Writers, World War II


A memorial and a blessing
Fall 2008
At the western edge of the Makah Nation village of Neah Bay sits a tidy new park. It marks the spot where 216 years ago Spanish explorers built the first European settlement in the continental United States west of the Rockies and north of San Fr...
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Makah


Age of Identity
Summer 2008
Debbie Lee journeyed across an ocean and traveled back two centuries to find some of history's most infamous imposters. She came home with a new understanding of culture and identity.
Categories: History, Literature
Tags: England, Identity


A home for hotel history
Summer 2008
One day in the late 1920s, hoteliers Severt W. Thurston and Frank Dupar met by chance in a coffee shop in Yakima, Washington. Unbeknownst to one another, each had gone to Yakima to make separate hotel deals. But by the time they parted company tha...
Categories: History
Tags: Hotel management, Hotels


WSU's rarest book? Frederick Meserve's Historical Portraits
Winter 2007
One of the great joys of my job at Washington State University is the time I spend in the rare books vault in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. "Rare books vault" is a romantic way to describe two large, secure, climate-controlled ro...
Categories: History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Archives, Historical books


Celebrating a century at Seattle's liveliest landmark
Fall 2007
It started a century ago, on August 17, 1907, when a small group of farmers set up stalls at the corner of First and Pike in Seattle and sold their produce right on the street. They claimed their little city-sponsored market experiment was born ou...
Categories: Washington state history, History
Tags: Farmers markets, Seattle


Just like it was yesterday
Spring 2007
"We were living a good life," said Albert Redstarr Andrews in a meditation concluding the second Plateau Conference, "and we were disturbed." What might be taken as gracious understatement also resonated with profound loss.In spite of a generally ...
Categories: Cultural studies, History
Tags: Native Americans, Eastern Washington


When trash reveals history
Winter 2006
From October 2005 through March 2006, I worked with ephemera in one of the great libraries of the world, the Bodleian at the University of Oxford. A cheeky person might say that "ephemera" is just a fancy term for trash. However, given the passage...
Categories: History, Library and museum studies
Tags: Ephemera, England, Chapbooks


The man who gave away mountains
Fall 2006

One of our first graduates spent a lifetime and fortune amassing land for the enjoyment of others.


Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: Eastern Washington, Conservation, Parks


The memories of a queen
Fall 2006
Before there was Wisteria Lane, there was the French royal court at the Palais du Louvre in Paris. It was a place of forced marriages, lovers and infidelities, imprisonments and poisonings, sword fights and murders. And all that was just within th...
Categories: Memoirs, History
Tags: Royalty, France


Being Sacagawea
Winter 2005
For the past two years historian Jeanne Eder has been traveling in Sacagawea's footsteps. Donning a traditional dress as well as another woman's persona, Eder has toured the West performing her interpretation of an older and wiser Sacagawea who, y...
Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Native Americans


All that Remains
Summer 2004

Nearly two-thirds of the Lewis and Clark Trail is under man-made reservoirs. Another one-quarter is buried under subdivisions, streets, parks, banks, and other modern amenities. Almost none of the original landscape is intact. No one appreciates this contrast like author and historian Martin Plamondon II, who has reconciled the explorers' maps with the modern landscape.


Categories: Geography, History
Tags: Exploration, Lewis and Clark, Trails


Late history professor, chairman was popular with students, faculty peers
Spring 2004
Raymond Muse became a teacher at the urging of his father, a farmer in the Ozarks, who didn't want to see his son spend the rest of his life "looking at the hind end of a team of mules."During more than three decades at Washington State University,...
Categories: History, WSU faculty
Tags: No Tags


New Deal at the library
Winter 2003
The Works Progress Administration (WPA), established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 as part of his New Deal reforms, was designed to put Americans back to work at a time when the country was suffering massive unemployment from the Grea...
Categories: Library and museum studies, History
Tags: Archives, Newspapers


Classical Turkey
Fall 2003
Much of what we think of as ancient Greece lay in fact within the modern borders of Turkey.
Categories: History
Tags: Books, Turkey


Continuous History
Summer 2003
History for Jaqueline Peterson is about buildings and their occupants, about street life, about gypsies and sailors and immigrant workers-and little girls eager to show off their toy airplanes. History is about place and about everyday life.Peters...
Categories: History
Tags: Photography, Immigration


Letters from Vladivostok
Spring 2003
"This is the best research project I've ever had. It's invaded my life in a very good way." So says Birgitta Ingemanson, associate professor of Russian at Washington State University, about her current project transcribing and editing more than 2,...
Categories: History, Literature
Tags: Russia


Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World
Spring 2003
The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update.
Categories: History, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, American West


A salon of their own
Spring 2002
Good conversation should bring about a transcendental melding of minds and dissolve class and ideological differences.The funniest things Washington State University historian Steve Kale ran across in researching his latest book were the a...
Categories: History, Literature
Tags: Salons, Women


Feminae Romanae!
Spring 2002
". . . but Roman women rule the Romans"Femina gladiatrix?  Femina medica?Historians typically ascribe household or family roles to women of ancient Rome or ignore them altogether. Accounts of male emperors, male military leaders, male sc...
Categories: History, Gender studies
Tags: Roman history, Women