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Larry Cebula
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Historian, Digital Wannabe, Noted Raconteur
Historian, Digital Wannabe, Noted Raconteur

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A Lone Confederate (and the Lost Cause) in Eastern Oregon
Behold the headstone of Thomas Carter Steele, who died in 1878 in Prairie City, Oregon, a long ways from home. A recent discussion about cemeteries and veteran's grave markers got me to thinking about Civil War veterans here in the Inland Northwest. In east...
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Spokane Historical at 500 (Stories)
In 2012, my students and I launched a modest digital project: Spokane Historical , a website and smartphone app for local history. It was a shameless knockoff of a similar project in Cleveland, and in fact we licensed their software. Students in my digital ...
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Whatever Happened to Dick Slocum?
On my way back from a recent conference in Boise, I stopped at a little thrift store in Uniontown, WA, to stretch my legs and look around. A plastic bag labeled "Old Record from Military Man to Family" caught my eye. I bought it. The record came in a custom...
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Digitized 78s at the Internet Archive
Ladies and Gents, Dear Readers, I present to you, direct from 1924, The Walla Walla Fox Trot: This goofy gem is actually from a popular Broadway musical of that year, Flossie . It is one of 25,000  records digitized by a Philadelphia company, George Blood A...
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Tweeting Spokane's Great Fire of 1889
Anna Harbine, Tom McArthur, Logan Camporeale and Katie Enders tweeting the Great Fire of 1889 at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Here is a fun project that came together quickly, and is going live even as I type:  Spokane historians to re-enact the c...
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The Path of Totality: Pulling Meeting Minutes Out of the Shadows
Guest post by Logan Camporeale On Monday, August 21st, 2017 the moon will pass between the sun and the earth casting a wide shadow over parts of the contiguous United States for the first time in nearly four decades. This unusual event, a total solar eclips...
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Of Facebook, Air Crashes and UFO Movies
This is a fun one. A couple of years ago, as a sort of experiment, I started a Facebook Group: Spokane History Buffs . I wanted a digital space where people who had a research interest in Spokane history could exchange information. And I was frustrated by t...
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The Long Lingering Death of the Google Newspaper Archive
Once there was a happy land where historians could go online and explore by date and keyword through most of the historic newspapers of their town. In this favored place, researchers could quickly hunt down the names of specific people, or keywords like "In...
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The Case Against Ken Burns
As Americans we must acknowledge that our sins are many. Slavery, conquest, the pillage of the environment, inequality--the list hardly bears repeating. But what in our whole storied past have we done to deserve Ken Burns? Telling us stories we like to hear...
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