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The History in Your Backyard

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Just a half mile from her house, Llyn De Danaan stumbled across a gravestone that changed the course of her research. Now she is teaching others how to discover the history all around them. [Read]

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I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn through Spirituals

Marian Anderson sings a spiritual at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., in 1943.

A spiritual was more than a song, says Speakers Bureau presenter Gloria Burgess. It was a vital part of a slave’s daily life, a link to an African past, a spark for modern American music, and a coded message. [Read]

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Washingtonians: Submit Your Poetry to a New Anthology

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Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall wants you to submit poetry for a new anthology featuring Washington voices. And so does Governor Jay Inslee. [Read]

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Community Movement: How the Fandango Transcends Dance

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A cultural tradition from Veracruz can break down divides and bring people together, says Speakers Bureau presenter Yesenia Hunter. [Read]

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Apply Now for Our 2016 Grant Round

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Are you an organization who wants to bring humanities experiences to your community? We’re currently accepting applications for our Spark and Washington Stories Fund grant programs. [Read]

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How American History Created the American Superhero


Superheroes change the course of history. But history also changes the course of superheroes. Comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl explores how comic books are a mirror of their times. [Read]

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Join Our 2017-2018 Speakers Bureau!

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Wanted: Passionate cultural experts with a love of people, conversation, and traveling one of the most beautiful states in the country. [Read]


Bugler: An Interview with Tod Marshall

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The new Washington State Poet Laureate on why poetry matters, the insidiousness of the “Hidden Deep Meaning,” and why Spokane is a writers’ town. [Read]

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Children of the Dammed

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The race to capture energy once spurred dam construction throughout the state—but with little knowledge of the dams’ environmental impact. Now the next generation has to weigh their harm with their benefits. [Read]


“There Are Many Ways to Move Through Our Day”: A Poem by Tod Marshall

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 in Spokane. Washington State Poet Laureate Dr. Tod Marshall read a poem to a crowd of state and local lawmakers, including Gov. Inslee and Mayor Condon as a part of Gov. Inslee's "Connecting Washington" sign dedication at McKinistry Innovation Center on Friday afternoon.

“Sometimes, we can pick our routes / We can choose to say connect and mean closer together.” [Read]