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“No 54 Administration Building [Thompson Hall], WSC, Pullman Wash.” 1915. Salem, OR: Pacific Photo Co. Manuscript and Archives Collection, Washington State University. 

About Past as Prologue

Past as Prologue’s bi-weekly radio segments bring engaging stories of Northwest regional history to public audiences. Aiming always to connect past to present, the program shows how both regional and global history can inform our understanding of the world today and features the work and expertise of Washington State University faculty, alumni, graduate students, and affiliates.

Launched in 2020 by Karen Phoenix and Brenna Miller, Past as Prologue is produced by the WSU History Department in collaboration with Northwest Public Broadcasting‘s Morning Edition with Sueann Ramella.

— Upcoming Episodes —


Ryan Booth

WSU Ph.D. student Ryan Booth’s segment on the complex role of Native American “Indian Scouts” is scheduled to air on July 9th. Listen in live on Northwest Public Broadcasting or check back to listen to it here!

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The following have generously provided support for the Past as Prologue Project:


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How you can support this project:

You can make a gift to the History Department Excellence Fund through the WSU Foundation. Please specify “Past as Prologue” in the comments section online or in the memo line of your check. Thank you!


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