Historian to Present Living Theater Piece on Civil War

Lorraine McConaghy Will Visit March 11

Courtesy of humanities.org

Lorraine McConaghy will present “Territorial Voices: A Civil War Reader’s Theater” on March 11 at 7 p.m. in Room 117 of the Administration Building.  Sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, McConaghy will direct a reading that explores the involvement of Washington territorial residents in the Civil War.  She will present a short lecture before the reading to give context and follow the reading with a conversation about the ideas and themes presented. 

Through her presentation, “participants will realize the changing significance of words like ‘Democrat’ and ‘Republican’ and learn about various opinions on race and slavery in the territory.”

A public historian, McConaghy has dedicated her life to studying and teaching Pacific Northwest history.  She has curated a series of successful projects at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, including Essential Seattle and Blue vs. Gray: Civil War in the Pacific Northwest.

McConaghy teaches in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington.  Her work has been honored by the Washington Museum Association, the Oral History Association, the National Council on Public History and the American Association for State and Local History. In 2010, she received the Robert Gray Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Washington State Historical Society.


Published March 5, 2013.

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