Robin Stacey at Shoreline CC

Robin Stacey at Shoreline CC
Spring 2015 Meeting at Shoreline CC: UW History Professor Robin Stacey gives her keynote address on her experiences with the innovative teaching curriculum, "Reacting to the Past," developed originally at Barnard College.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spring 2016 Meeting of the AWH: WSU-Vancouver

Association of Washington Historians
Spring Meeting--Washington State University, Vancouver
April 30, 2016

Dear History Colleague:

You are cordially invited to the annual spring meeting of the Association of Washington Historians on Saturday, April 30, 2016, on the campus of Washington State University, Vancouver.

This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Tom Taylor, Chair of the History Department at Seattle University and President of the Northwest World History Association, who will lecture on “Big History: It’s Certainly Big but is it History?”

Dr. Taylor’s talk will examine the field of Big History that has been drawing a lot of interest as well as its share of controversy of the last several years.  He will lay out the central tenets that are defining the study of Big History and explore some of the teaching opportunities and challenges that it offers History teachers.

We hope you can join us!  We will gather for coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m. and our keynote speaker will begin at 11:00am.  After Dr. Taylor’s talk we will have lunch (price $20.00 for both lunch and coffee hour) followed by a brief business meeting.  We anticipate adjournment by 2 p.m.

Event location: Multimedia Center (Building J on the campus map), Room 219
Parking is free on Saturdays. The closest lots to the Multimedia Center are Lots #1 & 2. Disabled parking next to the building is very limited.

NOTE: I need your help getting an accurate attendance count. I am asking everyone to inform me if they will be attending, or how many in their department will be attending, by Friday, April 22.  If your department or division can give a total number in one e-mail, that would be great, but if not, notify me individually. I must report the total attendance number to Theresa Jordan at WSU so she can finalize everything with the caterers.

Reply to this email ( with the names of those attending.  Alternatively, you can telephone me at my office (509) 542-5517 and leave a message.

We hope you will be able to attend the meeting at WSU-Vancouver and will urge your colleagues and any other historians you may know to join us.

Please forward this invitation to others in your department and kindly send me emails of those who are not included in our email list.

David Arnold
AWH Secretary-Treasurer

About AWH

Association of Washington Historians
About AWH

The Association of Washington Historians (AWH) is an informal group of historians in the State of Washington who meet annually to mingle, enjoy a history lecture, and discuss issues of common interest.  There are no dues or registration fees.  The only costs are for the meal, as our keynote speakers--university history professors from our state's institutions--generously deliver their presentations at no charge to the organization.  At the annual meeting, a voluntary collection is taken up to support "History Day," a national program that promotes history in the elementary and secondary schools.

The Board of Directors urges all historians in Washington state to attend. In the past the annual gathering of university and community college instructors has been a good way to exchange ideas and to inform ourselves of each other’s problems. At the same time we have long felt a need to expand the scope of our cooperation in order to promote the study of history and to increase historical awareness within the state. Therefore, we are extending an especially warm invitation to high school teachers of history, to archivists, and to the staff of historical societies/museums. I

If you know of others who have not received our letter, please share this information with them and invite them to join us.  We also encourage university professors to invite their graduate students.

Previous Meetings:

2015 Meeting: Shoreline Community College

Thanks to the generosity of the Shoreline Community College history department, we met on Saturday, April 25, 2015 to listen to our Keynote speaker, UW history professor Robin Stacey, talk about "Reacting to Reacting to the Past.”  Reacting to the Past is an innovative history curriculum pioneered by Barnard professor Mark C. Carnes in the late 1990s that has now been adopted in college classrooms across the country. In RTTP classes, students assume the identity of historical characters and enter into role-playing games designed around a particular historical event or series of events.  In this talk, medieval historian Robin Stacey described her experiences writing and playing RTTP games in her UW classroom.

Afterwards we had our annual luncheon followed by a short business meeting.

2014 Meeting: Central Washington University

Thanks to the generosity of the Central Washington University history department, we met at Dean Hall on the campus of CWU and listened to our Keynote speaker, WWU history professor Johann Neem, the author of Creating a Nation of Joiners, talk about "Making Sense of Higher Education Reform." Professor Neem’s presentation focused on competing ideals for higher education and offered some frameworks for understanding the national conversation over the purposes of higher education today.

Afterwards we had our annual luncheon followed by a short business meeting.

2013 Meeting: University of Washington

Thanks to the generosity of the University of Washington History Department, this year’s meeting took place at the UW Waterfront Activities Center, located behind Husky Stadium on Lake Washington. 

We gathered for coffee and doughnuts at 9:30 a.m. in the meeting room on the upper levelAt 11:00am our Keynote speaker, WSU Professor Jesse Spohnholz, presented his thought-provoking lecture, “Forgetting Plurality and Re-inventing the History of the Reformation: A Tragedy in Four Acts."

Prof. Spohnholz discussed a 450-year old mystery from Reformation-era Europe and the way that historians and archivists from the 17th to the 20th century who were engaged in debates in their own day recorded evidence and retold events in ways that replicated errors that continue to haunt 21st-century historians. The talk described the process of forgetting and re-inventing in four sets of actions involving source preservation, the organization of archives, the production of historical narratives, and the identification of historical significance. 

Afterwards, we had our annual luncheon followed by a short business meeting.

2012 Meeting: Eastern Washington University
Thanks to the generosity of the Eastern Washington University history department, the annual spring meeting of the Association of Washington Historians will took place at the EWU Cheney campus on Saturday, April 28, 2012. We gathered for coffee and doughnuts at 9:30 a.m. At 11:00am our keynote speakers, Professors John Findlay and Bruce Hevly of the University of Washington, talked about reactions to their new book, “Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West.” At 12:30pm we had our annual luncheon followed by a brief business meeting.  

2011 Meeting: Bellevue College


Officers and Board of Directors for 2015-2016

Association of Washington Historians
Officers and Board of Directors



President: Lesley Moerchel, Edmonds Community College

Vice President: Tim Heinrichs, Bellevue College

Secretary-Treasurer: David Arnold, Columbia Basin College

Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus: Rick Williams, WSU


Board of Directors:

Brian Casserly, Bellevue College (2013-2016)
Lesley Moerschel, Seattle Central CC (2013-2016)
Chiemi Ma, Highline CC (2013-2016)
Christopher Herbert, Columbia Basin College (2014-2017)
Chong Eun Auhn, Central Washington University (2014-2017)
Daniel Herman, Central Washington University (2014-2017)
Heath Spencer, Seattle University (2015-2018)
Theresa Jordan, Washington State University (2015-2018)
Tim Heinrichs, Bellevue College (2015-2018)
David Arnold, Columbia Basin College (2011-)
Rick Williams, Washington State University (Permanent Emeritus Status)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Report of the Secretary-Treasurer for 2015

Association of Washington Historians
Treasurer’s Report
April 25, 2015

Prepared by the Secretary-Treasurer, David Arnold

Revenues: At the last meeting, the Association balance was $835.79 (balance of 3/31/2014 bank statement).  At the CWU meeting, the Association collected a total of $300 from registration fees to cover the costs of the caterer at CWU; also a total of $118 was collected in donations to History Day.  That left the Association with a total $418 collected at CWU that was deposited by the Secretary-Treasurer in the Association of Washington Historians’ non-profit organization account at Hapo Community Credit Union in Pasco, WA, located conveniently across the street from where the Secretary-Treasurer teaches.   Add to the Association’s revenues $.66 interest from the final three quarters of  2014 and $.22 interest between January 1 and March 30 of this year (total of $.88 in last year).

Expenses: At the Board meeting following the general meeting at CWU, $82.00 was added to the amount collected for History Day in order to bring our donation to $200.00, which was dutifully sent to Mark Vessey, History Day Coordinator at the Washington State Historical Society, on 02 May 2014.

On the same day, the Association also sent $246.29 to the CWU History Department for catering.

The only other expense incurred by the Association was a payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State of Washington to file our non-profit status report, but this was paid for by an anonymous donor because it was easier to simply file this online with a credit card than to walk across the street and cut a check and send it to the Secretary of State.

All of this activity leaves the Association with a balance of $808.38 as of March 31, 2015. 

Balance at 2014 meeting:         $835.79 balance forward (from 3/31/14 bank statement)

Revenues:                                $300 receipts from 2014 meeting (swag)
                                                $118 donations to History Day
$00.88 interest

Expenses:                                $200 History Day Donation
                                                $246.29 to CWU for 2014 Luncheon

Balance at 2015 meeting:         $808.38 (from 3/31/15 statement)

Thus, the Association has an adequate cushion and continues to have negligible expenses due to the use of e-mail to communicate and a non-profit organization savings account without an annual fee.  No further adjustments should be needed to maintain financial stability as long as we don’t have too many no-shows at the meetings, however there may be concerns if we consider our outlook in the long term.  We have been spending a little more than we take in for past couple years because we have been voting to add more to the History Day fund to send at least $200.  We have thus been losing $50 or so a year.  Projecting forward, we will begin to run a deficit in the year 2031.  However, by then, given rising ocean levels and the evisceration of the social safety net, this might be the least of our problems.

Respectfully Submitted,

David Arnold