66th Pacific Northwest History Conference
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Friday October 13
8:30 AM  –  12:00 PM

66th Pacific Northwest History Conference

Hidden Histories: Diverse Public's

October 12-14, 2017
Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park
303 W North River Drive     Spokane, WA 99201

Ask for the Pacific Northwest History Conference Room Rate

$155 Member
$175 Non Member
$100 Student
$60   Poster Session/ Friday, October 13

Conference Schedule
Thursday, October 12

7:00 AM Registration Desk opens at Hotel RL


8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Digital Archives and Eastern Regional Archives, Collections, Tours and Professional Consultations. 

Presented by Debbie Bahn - Electronic Records Archivist, Digital Archives
Sponsored by Washington State Archives

Working with professional archivists at the Digital Archives and Eastern Regional Archives, part of the Washington State Archives, learn how to navigate the Digital Archives website and the examine the holdings of the Eastern Branch.  Tours of both archives and consultations with professional staff on individual research questions are included in this workshop.  Coffee Break, 10:20-10:40 AM.  

Meet at Washington State Archives - 960 Washington Street, Cheney, WA 99004

Please email if you plan to attend.

 Concurrent Walking Tours of Spokane 
2:00-3:30 PM   
Please email with your walking tour selection

Walk the History of Working Class Spokane

Presented by Judy Bentley, author of Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities and Spokane historian Jim Price 

Walk the history of working-class Spokane--Coxey's Army, the Wobblies, the Salvation Army, skilled workers, and the working stiffs who found wealth. This tour is an itinerant's itinerary. 

The tour lasts about one hour and a half.  

The tour begins at the Riverfront Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard Street Spokane 99201, near the corner of N. Howard St. and Spokane Falls Blvd.   Map location of Fountain

 A Walk Along Hangman Creek

Presented by former Spokane tribal chairman Warren Seyler, historian and educator with the Spokane Tribe Natural Resources department, and naturalist and author Jack Nisbet.

Join Warren Seyler and Jack Nisbet for a walk along lower Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek).  This tour will offer a natural history and tribal perspective on significant Ice Age Flood features; a tribal fishery and winter camp that date back thousands of years; an 1826 visit from naturalist David Douglas; the significance of the 1858 events that gave the creek its current name; and the removal of a Middle Spokane band from this site to the Reservation in the late 19th century.

The walk will be on flat dirt and gravel trails with some roots and rocks.  Walking shoes are recommended.

The group will meet in the parking lot at Sandifur Bridge, at the junction at West Riverside Avenue and West Clark Street, on the south side of the Spokane River.  It is just west of the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.  The one-way streets in downtown Spokane can be tricky, please check this map before starting out.  Map of Sandifur Bridge Area

Restoring Campbell House to Interpret Household Employees and Community History

Presented by Marsha Rooney of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, home of the Eastern Washington Historical Society.

Regional historical themes and museum interpretive goals influenced decision making during the museum's historic site restoration.  Senior Curator of History and Lead Curator/Project Manager for the restoration of the Campbell House Marsha Rooney introduces carriage house exhibits that personalize family and household employees and highlight Spokane's Progressive Era Movements.

Inside Campbell House, Ms. Rooney discusses building, technology, and furnishings.  Regional historical themes and museum interpretive goals influenced decision-making during the museum's historic site restoration. 

Tour is limited to the first 18 people.

Meet at the admission desk at the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture. 2316 W. 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.  Museum visit is sponsored by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with no admission charge.   Map of Spokane highlighting NW Museum of Arts and Culture.

Gonzaga University

4:40-6:00 PM

Tour the Bing Crosby House and Gonzaga University Archives and Special Collections. Sponsored by Gonzaga University
4:30-5:30 PM

Built in 1911, Bing Crosby's childhood home houses the Bing Crosby Collection with over 200 artifacts from his long career. Mapofgonzagauniversity 

Following a short tour of the house, walk one block to the Foley Center Library and join Gonzaga University Archivist Stephanie Plowman and David Kingma for tours of special collections, part of the Gonzaga University Archives.

Stephanie Plowman will present the Crosby Collection of photographs, paintings and artwork, books, manuscripts, research materials, memorabilia and periodicals from the storied career of Bing Crosby, a Gonzaga University Alum.  

David Kingma, Gonzaga University Archivist, will provide and in-depth look at the Special Collections of the University owned by the Jesuits. These photos are rare, early Northwest mission documents from 1841 to 1875 and many Native American language records.


Opening Reception at the Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University

6:15-7:30 PM

Join colleagues for the opening reception of the Pacific Northwest History Conference at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga University Campus. Enjoy light appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar while visiting with colleagues and touring the Jundt Galleries.

Collection pieces feature prints, major pieces of glass art by Dale Chihuly, August Rodin bronze sculptures, paintings, ceramics, photographs and tapestries displayed on a rotating basis.

The Jundt Art Museum is on the western edge of campus, two blocks east of Division Street near the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail. You may park in the lot directly in front of the museum.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Sessions from 8:15AM to 5:30 PM 

see for complete session information


Luncheon  12:15 - 1:30 PM

 Featured Speaker 

Dr. Laurie Arnold, Ph.D. (Sinixt/Colville), Director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University presenting "The Indigenous Plateau."


 Dinner begins with social hour at 6:00 PM.  Dinner served at 6:30 PM

Plenary Address

Dr. Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Washington presenting "Seeking the African American History All Around Us: The Curious Career of the Pacific Northwest Historian."

History Happy Hour Trivia
Presented by the Washington State Historical Society

Located at the Tamarack Public House 912 W Sprague Avenue, Spokane WA 99201

Unwind after a day of conferencing with some Washington State trivia. Come on down and test your knowledge of all things Washington and win some prizes.

Tamarack Public House is located in the historic Settlemier building was constructed in 1891.  History Happy Hour is located on the second floor of the public house.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 AM
Breakfast Research Round-table: Current Pacific Northwest History Research Interests and Challenges (begins at 7:30 AM)


A moderated, open-to-all discussion by Dale Soden, Whitworth University
Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild

Sessions from 8:45-12:00 PM

Conference concludes at 12:00 PM