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Wed, Oct 18



Evening Speaker Series - How to Be Your Own Historian

Presented in partnership by the Redmond Historical Society and KCLS. Please note this is an in person program. Registration is required and opens October 4th at

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Evening Speaker Series - How to Be Your Own Historian
Evening Speaker Series - How to Be Your Own Historian

Time & Location

Oct 18, 2023, 6:00 PM

Redmond, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052, USA

About the Event

Join us for an introduction to doing historical research from scratch. We’ll cover framing your topic and developing your research questions, to sources of evidence, and ways to present your interpretation. Whether you’re writing an ancestor’s biography, researching an artifact or structure, developing an exhibit, or writing a historical novel, this program will help you get started and keep going.

Speaker Bio:

Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian who earned her PhD from the University of Washington. At the Museum of History & Industry and Washington State History Museum, her work as historian and curator has dealt with Washington at war during the Treaty War of 1855-1856, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. She has participated in working groups concerning the opportunities of commemoration, and presented lectures and workshops on readers’ theater programs at National Council on Public History, American Association for State and Local History, and the Washington Museum Association. In 2009, her readers’ theater script,”Speaking Out,”won the national performance award from the Oral History Association. In 2015, AASLH honored her “Voices of the Civil Warwith a national award of merit. McConaghy’s work has been honored by the Washington State Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal, the annual award of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and the Humanities Washington Award. McConaghy has continued to research the biographies of the African-Canadian men who created the Puget Sound “Underground Railroad,” as well as the biography of Richard Dickerson Gholson, Washington Territory’s third governor who resigned the position to join the Confederate States of America. She has also researched and written several books on topics related to Pacific Northwest history.

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