PNW Historians Guild Event – New Research Lectures – Jan. 15

New research on the history and landscape of the Pacific Northwest will be presented by three graduate students from UW’s History Department and College of the Built Environment.

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm at the University of Washington – Suzzallo Library Maps/Special Collections Classroom, B89.  Call 206-543-1929 for information.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gig Harbor Grange #445 in Pierce County. Photo: Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor, a graduate student in the University of Washington College of the Built Environment’s Interdisciplinary PhD program and principal of Past Forward, a consulting company specializing in historic preservation projects in the Pacific Northwest, will be sharing findings from her recently completed Master’s Thesis, “Grange Halls in Washington State: A Critical Investigation of a Vernacular Building Type.”

Her presentation will examine Progressive-era history of the Grange, consider why Washington State has more Grange members at present than any other state, and explore preservation issues related to the Order’s rural and small-town community halls.

Ross Coen, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Washington and the author of Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the Northwest Passage (University of Alaska Press, 2012) will present a paper entitled “Owning the Ocean: Environment and Identity in the Bristol Bay (Alaska) Salmon Fishery, 1930 to 1938.”

Patricia Gauthier, also a graduate student in History at the University of Washington, will share her work “Far From the Center of Charities: Chemawa Indian School and the Gendered Display of the ‘New Indian’, 1880 to 1905.”


2011 Pacific Northwest Historians Guild Conference


Postcard showing automobile on a Pacific beach with shipwreck in background, circa 1923

Pacific Waterways: Connecting Local, Regional, and Global Histories is the theme of this year’s PWNHG conference, which takes place tomorrow at the Museum of History & Industry.  Among the panels on offer is a session, “A Report from the Archives,” which will include a presentation on the Labor Archives of Washington State.

Pacific Northwest Historians Guild 2010 Conference

We seem to have missed the call for papers, but the program for this year’s Pacific Northwest Historians Guild conference has been announced.  The theme of the conference, “A Time for Reconsideration,” which will take place on March 5, 2010 at the Museum of History & Industry, is on trails and treaties in the Pacific Northwest.  Full program description is available here.

“Native Presence” – Pacific Northwest Historians Guild Conference

The Museum of History and Industry, Saturday, March 7, 2009

Between presenters, audience members milled around the linen covered tables while a young woman adjusted the laptop next to the forward podium. Those of us who were seated were either discussing the “Seattle Meets the World” series of presentations or chatting with the presenters. I was fortunate enough to be seated next to Chuimei Ho, who along with her husband, Bennet Bronson, explained the immense cultural and community significance of the appearance of the first Chinese dragon parade during the A-Y-P.

Like most, I faced forward watching the screen and expected an introductory PowerPoint slide for the next presenter, Ana Novakovic, a student at the University of British Columbia. Ana was scheduled to read her paper titled, “Modernity and Tradition: Portrayals of Native Americans at the A-Y-P.” I was  perplexed that desktop icons along with an American flag displayed on the large viewing screen. It occurred to me that maybe there was a technical glitch; I contemplated getting up and offering to assist.

But then Chair Robin Wright from the Burke Museum introduced Ana. Neither women seemed perturbed, so I assumed there was no technical problem with the laptop and a PowerPoint slide would eventually appear.  Yet, the screen shot remained static. Ana, a polished young woman, slowly began reading. At first, I felt a bit uncomfortable. I kept looking at the screen – searching for a PowerPoint slide. I look at the audience and noticed there were others who were also looking for a slide – I found myself feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

My eyes and attention moved to Ana. She spoke firmly and slowly, emphasizing words that were significant or important to her presentation. Her voice never wavered; she scanned the audience for eye contact rarely looking down at her paper. The more material she read, the more she drew us in.  Her intonation and manner commanded and successfully owned our attention. She stressed how the Native Americans were recruited to portray a primitive past by the A-Y-P organizers. They were not viewed as participants but rather entertainers and performers for those who attended the fair.

When Ana finished reading, I was disappointed, not because of her presentation, but because of her presentation – I didn’t want it to end. Ana did not need a PowerPoint slide to enhance her presentation – she had her steady and confident voice which represented her well and those of the Native Americans who “entertained” at the A-Y-P.

University of British Columbia:
Undergraduate Student Awards 2006-2007
Leslie Upton Memorial Prize: best essay on the aboriginal peoples of North America – Ana Novakovic

~ contributed by Edna ~

Pacific Northwest Historians Guild Call for Presentations

The Pacific Northwest Historians Guild has issued a call for papers and presentations for its 24th annual conference to be held on March 7, 2009 at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. The theme of this year’s conference is the centennial of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Submissions are due by October 15, 2008. You can go here for the full announcement.