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

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Den Danske Kronike, a Danish Newspaper in Spokane, Now Online
Advertisement for Spokane College, which was built in 1907 by the Norwegian Lutheran Community and stood near the corner of Grand and 29th. The college closed in 1929.  Source:  Den Danske Kronike, September 23, 1917 p. 3. Spokane has from the beginning had...

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Exploring the Death of Chief Joseph in Chronicling America
The Spokane Press judged Joseph a "Great Indian Chief"  at his death,  but other opinions would differ. Image courtesy  of Chronicling  America: On September 21, 1904, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce died. He was among the best-known nat...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For the last two months, I have been mulling over the best conference of my career—CampingCon 2016. The theme of the conference was “Public History in the Outdoors” and the format was--we camped. The conference occurred ...

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"It's a Major Award"
Well look at that! I am pleased to announce that Spokane Preservation Advocates has seen fit to give its Historic Preservation award in the category of Public Education and Outreach to Spokane Historical. Some context: Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA) i...

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Memories of Indians from the Voices of the Pioneers Collection
Winter scene of teepees in Indian Canyon, just outside of Spokane, around 1910. Courtesy Washington State Archives . One of the more interesting collections we have at the Washington State Archives, Digital Archives , is an oral history collection called Vo...

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Did Dan Drumheller Murder an Indian in Early Spokane?
"Riverside Avenue in Stagecoach Days." Painted by John Meinhart for the Exchange National Bank in the 1920s, this mural illustrates the nostalgia Spokanites of that period sometimes felt for the past. Currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts & C...

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Death of Jeremiah, 1904
I continue poking around in the history of Indians in the Spokane area in the decades before and after 1900. This period, after the Indian Wars but before the regular confinement of Indians to reservations, seems understudied, yet with a rich set of primary...

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"Northwest USA:" A 1945 Documentary Captures a Historical Moment
Here is something interesting I came across on YouTube today. "Northwest USA" is a documentary produced by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1945. The documentary seems to have been produced after the surrender of Japan in early August but before the cl...

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On the Effective Use of Quoted Material
I find that even the better writers among my students have difficulty when they try to integrate quotations in their historical writing. So I made this handout. Feel free to use it in your own classes if you are a teacher-- click here for a clean copy . On ...

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The Real People: 1970s Documentary Series by and About Pacific Northwest Indians
I am often delighted and amazed by what pops up on YouTube. As  films are digitized, they often get loaded to YouTube. Old home movies, documentaries about regional history, clips of old TV shows, all once locked away on film reels housed in some basement o...
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