9:30-10 a.m. each day: Meet in the Cafe Room for coffee, tea and “Considering Our History” with Sydney Stevens. Each week Stevens will lead the group in a discussion about the challenges and successes in your historical research. There will also be “Occasional Object Stories” with Tucker Wachsmuth

10 a.m. to Noon: Seminars with guest presenters

Required reading: “The Northwest Coast: or Three Year’s Residence in Washington Territory,” by James Swan and “Empires of the Turning Tide” by Douglas Deur. (The books may be checked out at the first session on Week 1 and returned on last session).

*Starred sessions are open to past Community Historian Participants with prior reservations.

Jan. 16 — Week 1: “The Power of Historical Thinking: Doing Local History from Scratch”: Introduction to understanding local history and historical thinking. What is the Rule of Three? What is the difference between Primary and Secondary sources? Using resources, timelines, and oral histories to learn more about historical topics and share ideas.

Jan. 23 — Week 2: “Our Unique Environment” Kathleen Sayce, biologist and natural historian, will introduce us to what plants, animals, birds and environmental conditions, and landscape allowed for year-round settlement and make our coastal area unique. Discover how tides, weather, location and other factors influence our environment.

Jan. 30 — Week 3: “Down the Rabbit Hole” Michael Lemeshko, community historian, will talk about how historic research leads to answers and often more questions. Learn how a historian creates order out of research chaos and his quest for accurate information.

*Feb. 6 — Week 4: “Sources and Resources” Tracy Rebstock from Washington State Archives will provide us with an understanding of how to use a resource library and how to specifically use the Washington State Archives for research.

Feb. 13 — Week 5: “Collections: Their Care and Meaning” Best practices in a curated public collection as well as in your own personal collections. Using objects, photographs and documents within our local collections. You will be provided with a hands-on look at collections of interest to your own research.

Feb. 20 — Week 6: “Interpreting History Using Collections and Exhibitions” Steve Wood, Washington State Parks Interpretive Specialist. Using the Exhibition, “Graveyard of the Pacific,” Wood will introduce how to research, compile and perform interpretive programs. He will address methods of engaging the audience.

*Feb. 27- Week 7: “Local Historic Preservation” Alex McMurry, Historic Preservation, Washington State Parks. Alex will give us an inside look at two preservation projects taking place in our local area. North Head Lighthouse is undergoing a large restoration project and Fort Columbia is an ongoing preservation project. Alex will give us an update on the progress and challenges of these projects.

March 6 — Week 8: “Digitizing History” Taking our “paper” historical records, photographs and maps into the digital world. How to safely and properly make digital masters to preserve history within the museum and for our own personal collections at home.

*March 13 — Week 9: “Searching for Lost Ships” Cameron LaFollette, historian and author, will talk about research of shipwrecks that took place along our coast and trace her search for historical information on a shipwrecked Spanish Galleon. Her search led her to Mexico, the Philippines, and Spain. Now Cameron is in search of a new ship that wrecked on Clatsop Spit. Learn about her current search and how she follows the clues in search of the Konapee.

March 20 — Week 10: “The Salmon Years: Fishing and Canneries Along the River” Irene Martin, author and historian will help us explore the history of salmon fishing and canneries along the Columbia River. Irene will connect genealogy and the history of fishing families along the river.

March 27 — Week 11: “Washington at War: The Evergreen State in WWI” Lorraine McConaghy is a historian at Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington, USA. She was the recipient of the Washington State Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal in 2010. Lorraine speaks to the home front experience in the state prior to the U.S. entering the war. We take a look at the war’s themes and participate in a “Reader’s Theater” highlighting writings, diaries, speeches and correspondence focused on the war’s impact on the state.

April 3 — Week 12: “North Pacific County” Jim Sayce, Director of Pacific County Economic Development Council will tour us through North Pacific County highlighting the economic diversity that has defined Pacific County including oyster farming at the Shoalwater Tribes’ native oyster culture facility and timber production at a small family farm. Transportation will be provided.

*April 10 — Week 13: “Art and Heritage of the Columbia River People” Pat Courtney Gold, Native American fiber artist and basket weaver, member of the Wasco tribe, will show us the different ways the upriver and downriver people adapted to their wet and dry climates, what was sacred to each culture, how clothing and basketry differed and the importance of the River.

April 17 — Week 14: “Greats and Grands” Sydney Stevens, author and historian will host a panel of Peninsula residents whose families were here during early settlement. We will learn family stories about their “Greats and Grands” and learn about Peninsula history and how people came to this area. Lunch provided. Program wrap-up and evaluation.

(Last Session with lunch lasts until 1pm)

Note: Session topics and dates are subject to change. If you have any questions contact: Donella Lucero at 360-642-3446 or donella@cphm-ilwaco.org.

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