Few women in U.S. history have had more influence on the nation’s history than the young Lemhi Shoshone woman called Sacajawea. It’s very likely that Lewis and Clark would never have reached the Pacific Ocean had it not been for her help.
Orlan Svingen, professor of history, has worked with the descendants of Sacajawea, the Agai Dika people, since 1991.
Seventy years ago, the U.S. military evacuated two small communities in southeast Washington and created a place called Hanford. The historic moments that happened there since can get lost in all the news the nuclear cleanup is creating today. Now, a major effort is underway to preserve the voices of Hanford’s past.
Bob Bauman, professor of history at WSU Tri-Cities, is recording memories of the area through the Hanford Oral History Project.
From the grassy knoll in Dallas to the wheat-covered hills of the Palouse, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 remains a whodunit that stumps the old and young alike.
Or maybe not.
Though Kennedy’s shooting is one of the “greatest mysteries of all times,” according to students in history instructor Scott Stratton’s course “50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination,” it’s not such a mystery after all.
In this time of intense focus on technology, what good is a degree in the humanities?
Plenty, say not only Washington State University professors but leading high-tech companies too. And WSU humanities alumni are proving it.
Only weeks before collecting her bachelor of arts degree through the WSU Department of English last December, Allison Hartinger walked right past a job-fair booth seeking software engineers: “I just didn’t see myself with that title,” she said.
The American West was a man’s world in the 19th century, so it wasn’t unusual for some women to dress like men, says Peter Boag, professor of history, and author of Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past. (University of California Press, 2011)
“(W)hen I started uncovering all these female-to-male cross dressers, I also started to uncover hundreds of stories of men who dressed as women.”